HELL FOR LEATHER!

This stun­ning Mazda RX7 served as an ex­tra­or­di­nary blank can­vas for the best Op­tion Au­dio has to of­fer and is a poster-car for the ul­ti­mate in the in­stall­ers’ craft.

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Tan mus­tard leather lines the en­tirety of this out­stand­ing Mazda RX7’s in­te­rior and it’s a damn fine sight. And just check out the rest… a plethora of Op­tion Au­dio good­ies.

We get all sorts here at In­Car. Although pre­dom­i­nantly we see Com­modores and Fal­cons, we also get our fair share of Euro­pean and Ja­panese mod­els. And among all those we see in­stalls that range from the ex­ot­i­cally ex­treme to the stealth­ily sub­tle. is Mazda RX7, of course, falls into the Em­pire of the Sun’s league while, as far as the gear and in­stal­la­tion, it can com­fort­ably be classed as, um… RXtreme to the max.

OP­TIONED OUT

Even though this RX7 is an all-round stand­out, we’ll start its story with the as­ton­ish­ing Gold-win­ner-at-Mo­torex in­te­rior which was done by East­side Kus­tom Trim. e car’s in­te­rior has been

to­tally re- tted with bre­glass con­struc­tion lined in honey mus­tard Ital­ian leather. is has been used ex­ten­sively through­out the in­te­rior – wisely too be­cause it is truly beau­ti­ful. e Evo VI seats have been modi ed as a re­sult of in­spi­ra­tion by Fer­rari 458 Italia bucket seats. e rear seats were dis­pensed with to al­low for the mas­sive au­dio vis­ual sys­tem – more on that anon.

En­hance­ments were also added, such as WRX STi ped­als, an Is­sota shift knob, cus­tom door han­dles and more. e honey mus­tard Ital­ian leather has been used on the steer­ing wheel, the dash, the con­sole… just about ev­ery­where. From de­scrip­tions it may all sound too much but it’s ac­tu­ally cap­ti­vat­ingly at­trac­tive. e same colour has been used on the car’s ooring, doors and, in fact, the en­tire in­te­rior. Chrome steel strip ac­cents have been used spar­ingly to en­hance the look around the foot wells and on the cen­tre con­sole ex­ten­sion. On the dash just to the left of the in­stru­ment cowl, a small cus­tom pod cov­ered in per­fo­rated leather houses oil, volt­age and boost me­ters.

Cus­tom stain­less steel switches around the gear shifter were con­structed for the au­dio sys­tem con­trols while cus­tom door han­dles and colour-coded LED power win­dow switches were also de­signed.

e cen­tre con­sole has been ex­tended with a large arch that sweeps back­wards past where the rear seats used to be. While also look­ing awe­some, it serves as a form of bracket for two Op­tion Au­dio 7-inch LCD screens.

TEAM OF SPEAK­ERS

e gear com­pli­ment starts with a Pi­o­neer AVHP8400BH mul­ti­me­dia head unit. Am­pli cation is via three Op­tion Au­dio OAC160 4-chan­nel am­pli ers which run an as­ton­ish­ing num­ber of speak­ers – namely no less than 16 Op­tion Au­dio OA66PRO11 splits. A mon­ster Op­tion Au­dio OAX2000 monobloc am­pli er runs the two

mas­sively-built Op­tion Au­dio OA12PRO11 12-inch sub­woofers.

e rear half of the RX7 is ac­tu­ally taken up by a full cus­tom base for most of the speak­ers (aside for the ones in the doors) and the sub­woofers. Where the rear seats were is an in­clined en­clo­sure which houses the two OA12PRO11 sub­woofers – which face for­ward di­aphragm up – and four OA66PRO11 splits; two per side. Fac­ing out to­wards the back are another two OA66PRO11s per side. e eight tweet­ers have been mounted in the hatch door’s up­per win­dow frame which is lined with per­fo­rated leather. Be­neath the arched screens stand are two ush-mounted am­pli ers be­ing the OAX2000 monobloc and one of the OAC160 4-chan­nel amps. e other two OAC160s are par­al­leled an­gled to the hatch’s side pan­els. e hatch door is home to a bank of four LED lights (part of the to­tal 14) for the req­ui­site am­bi­ence while be­ing lined in… you guessed it, honey mus­tard leather gor­geous­ness.

A fur­ther three OA66PRO11 speak­ers are housed in cus­tom en­clo­sures on the doors – the front pil­lars house the tweet­ers – and just be­low another Op­tion Au­dio LCD screen has been ush mounted.

e ex­te­rior of the RX7 is a show-stop­per… sim­ple ul­tra-sleek el­e­gance. e car was de­badged while the rear wheel arches were tubbed. e side in­di­ca­tors were shaved as were the rear fog lights and rear hatch.

e car was re­sprayed by 2sus in House of Kolor’s stun­ning Kandy Brandy Wine and, it has to be said, it is an as­ton­ish­ing re­sult in terms of the ex­te­rior and in­te­rior colour scheme.

e chromed Sim­mons FR 20-inch wheels with Nitto Invo tyres and the low­ered stance gives the car an ag­gres­sive look while not di­min­ish­ing the over­all ap­pear­ance one iota. is is a thor­oughly thought-out and jaw-drop­pingly gor­geous re­sult.

CON­CLU­SION

We have to say this RX7’s owner, Robert Bisegna, is one lucky guy. He has cho­sen what is one of the most at­trac­tive-look­ing de­signs – de­spite it dat­ing back a few years – and has chal­lenged the best of the su­per­cars from the Ital­ian houses. We see all man­ner of cars but for us to say that it’s one of the best we’ve seen is a mas­sive com­pli­ment in­deed. Stun­ning.

Mus­tard leather good­ness as far as the eye can see... we like it!

The rear seat was re­moved in or­der to ac­co­mo­date the ex­ten­sive cus­tomis­ingand mas­sive au­dio in­stal­la­tion.

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