Four years ago, we were enthralled to look at Mazda’s RX-Vision Concept when it made its debut. It gives us a sneak preview of what a new-age sports car from the Japanese automaker could look like. Even though we have not encountered a production of Mazda RX-Vision, and there is good chance that we might never, but it hasn’t stopped a builder in Japan to make the best out this opportunity. The creation you are looking at is done by creative students of Nihon Automobile College (NATS) for this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. The project started out as run-of-the-mill Mazda RX-8 and was built few months back.
The people behind this project are also responsible for Toyota 86-based Lamborghini Urus Pickup Truck, mini Acura NSX and others. Mazda RX-8 was outfitted with bespoke bodywork inspired by sleek design of RX-Vision. If the vehicle is looked from the front, it would be next to impossible to see any similarity with Mazda RX-8. Since, there is a new Mazda grille with chrome accents similar to RX-Vision along with a set of sleek new headlights with curved LED ‘eyebrow’ daytime running lights. Strangely, proportions of the vehicle’s front fascia are way off the real concept.
Sides of the vehicle has bulging front and rear wheel arches. Lastly, the rear features a ducktail lip spoiler, four circular taillights like the RX-Vision and an elongated rear window. Other noticeable aspect is two small tailpipes which has chrome finish. The car looks like a one-off but there is probability some of the parts could be built in limited members and sold to RX-8 owners.