USED GUIDE

THE THIRD-GEN­ER­A­TION RX-7 COM­BINED MAZDA’S MOST POW­ER­FUL RO­TARY EN­GINE WITH SEN­SA­TIONAL STYLING AND EQUALLY IM­PRES­SIVE PER­FOR­MANCE

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The run­down on own­ing one of Mazda’s sweet­est ro­tary-pow­ered leg­ends, the FD RX-7

’92 ’0 TO 2 MAZDA RX-7 Mazda pro­duced 68,589 FDs

LAUNCHED IN 1992, the third-gen­er­a­tion (FD se­ries) RX-7 was tasked with tak­ing Mazda’s ro­tary-pow­ered per­for­mance coupe fur­ther up­mar­ket than ever be­fore. Fea­tur­ing a twin-ro­tor pow­er­plant with twin tur­bocharg­ers, this new 176kW RX-7 had the right per­for­mance.

It also had the right looks, with its sen­su­ous styling bring­ing an amaz­ing amal­gam of curves, swoops and dra­matic state­ments. Amer­ica’s in­flu­en­tial Mo­tor Trend mag­a­zine was so im­pressed that it awarded the RX-7 its 1993 Im­port Car of the Year ac­co­lade.

Even be­fore the FD’s power out­put was in­creased to 206kW for the lim­ited edi­tion RZ, its per­for­mance was phe­nom­e­nal, with a top speed of 251km/h and 0-100km/h in around 5.9 sec­onds. And yet the RX-7 re­mained af­ford­able, with its base price of $73,000 mak­ing it com­pa­ra­ble to the likes of the Nis­san 300ZX ($68,404) and the Mit­subishi 3000GT ($89,950) – at a time when the 186kW Porsche 911 Car­rera cost $175,120.

The RX-7 still tempts, but is it a smart buy?

Like most of the other Ja­panese per­for­mance cars of this era, just about all third-gen­er­a­tion RX-7s have been mod­i­fied, with nu­mer­ous Aussie-based spe­cial­ists of­fer­ing an ar­ray of up­grades. Com­pa­nies such as PAC Per­for­mance, Ro­tor­mas­ter and Maztech can point you in the right di­rec­tion for me­chan­i­cal and cos­metic up­grades.

If you crave a ma­jor in­crease in power, how­ever, you should have a chat with ex­perts such as PAC Per­for­mance about their range of en­gine up­grades, re­place­ment pow­er­plants and to­tal cus­tom drag-strip-ready over­hauls. The sky is the limit.

For im­proved han­dling, there are var­i­ous sus­pen­sion mods avail­able off the shelf. Coil-over kits with ad­justable dampers, ideal for road/track use, can of­fer de­cent bang for your bucks, while a brake up­grade is also a good idea.

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