Mazda RX-7

1978-2002

Classics Monthly - - History -

The RX-7 rein­tro­duced the Wankel en­gine to these shores and power for this sleek look­ing coupe came from a 12A twin ro­tor en­gine rated at 105bhp at 6000rpm. Lo­cat­ing the com­pact en­gine down be­hind the front wheels gave the rear-wheel drive RX-7 a low cen­tre of grav­ity and an ex­cel­lent fore-aft weight dis­tri­bu­tion. After sev­eral re­vi­sions, a re­designed sec­ond gen­er­a­tion RX-7 came on the scene in 1984 pow­ered by a 13B ro­tary en­gine and a year later Mazda re­leased the 182bhp Turbo along with a RX-7 rag­top. The heav­ily re­vised third gen­er­a­tion RX-7 came on the scene in 1991 and power on the fuel in­jected tur­bocharged mod­els was now up to a very use­ful 255bhp.

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