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1995 Mazda RX-01 concept

The Mazda RX-01 concept debuted at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show.


1995 Mazda RX-01 concept

It was reportedly conjured in response to the RX-7’s ascent in size, prestige and price. The goal was a high-style, high-tech but simple and affordable alternative.


1995 Mazda RX-01 concept

While remaining recognizable as a Mazda, the RX-01 concept explored some new and overall successful styling features.


1995 Mazda RX-01 concept

Underhood, the RX-01 debuted Mazda’s next generation of rotary engine design (the 13B-MSP) which later went into production.


1995 Mazda RX-01 concept

The rotary motor’s compact size allowed for unique placement which led to the RX-01’s even more unique (and rather exotic-looking) split hood.


1995 Mazda RX-01 concept

Speaking of space efficiency, the RX-01 concept is a 2+2. (Believe it or not!)


1995 Mazda RX-01 concept

It’s taken just 20 years but their squinty front styling has come full circle and is interestingly Mazda’s design du jour.