Ahead of the Tokyo auto show, Mazda has revealed a new sports car concept called the Iconic SP that features an unusual hybrid powertrain.
The concept is around 10 inches longer than the current MX-5 Miata, but stands three inches shorter.
Under the hood lies a twin-rotor rotary engine, but it doesn't power the wheels.
Instead the engine serves as a generator, helping replenish the battery that feeds the electric motors. However, Mazda didn't specify how many e-motors power the Iconic SP.
Mazda says the concept weighs 3197 pounds, around 850 pounds more than a Miata, and produces 365 horsepower.
The rotary engine is said to run on a carbon-neutral fuel and can also be powered by other fuels like hydrogen.
The cabin is minimalistic, with a pair of small screens and a few physical switches surrounded by swaths of suede.
It's unclear exactly what the concept represents for Mazda, but it may provide a look into the future of the Miata, which the company has already confirmed will be electrified for its next generation.
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