In the 70s, there was a shortage of affordable and modern sports cars on the market, and the Mazda RX-7 came in handy.
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Stylish interior, accurate operation of all devices, balanced steering - all this deserved the best reviews from critics. Specialized publications wrote that the Mazda RX-7 is the best modern sports car for $ 6,450. The model enjoyed steady demand. In the calendar year of 1978, 72,692 units were sold, and in 1979 another 71617 were sold.
In 1980, the facelift was carried out. The color range has expanded, new upholstery materials have appeared, the rear bumper has received two rubber covers, the electronic ignition has replaced the contact one. The 1981 RX-7 in the GSL configuration was equipped with leather seats, power windows, cruise control, alloy wheels and had all the disc brakes.
In 1983, the model range was led by the Limited Limited, equipped with 14-inch light-alloy wheels and Bridgestone radial tires. In 1984, the Limited GSL-SE model, equipped with a 135bhp 13B engine, replaced the Limited. with direct fuel injection system. This engine accelerates the car to 100 km / h in 7.8 seconds.
Seven years is a significant production time for any car. The time has come for the new generation Mazda RX-7. The second generation was launched in 1985. The manufacturer replaced almost everything except the engine. Bearing body was completely new. All models of the second generation were equipped with all disc brakes. Established a fully independent rear suspension. The base package received 14-inch wheels and 185 / 70HR14 tires, and the GXL got 15-inch wheels and 205 / 60VR15 radial tires.
The 12A engine was no longer installed on the RX-7. All variants of the model received an injection 13B capacity of 146 horses. The standard transmission was a 5-speed manual, and a 4-speed automatic was offered as an option. In the middle of the model year, the first turbo version of the RX-7 appeared. Model RX-7 Turbo was offered only with 2-seater interior. It was equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels and 205 / 55VR16 Goodyear Eagle VR55 tires. The power of the 13B turbo engine was 182 hp Up to 100 km / h, the RX-7 Turbo accelerated in just 6.5 seconds.
In 1988, the RX-7 convertible version was introduced.
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In 1989, the engine power was increased to 160 hp, and the turbo engine - up to 200 hp. On the convertible, it was now possible to install a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The third generation of cars RX-7 was introduced in 1991. Its characteristic feature is the 13B series motor, which was borrowed from the previous generation almost unchanged: two rotor chambers, arranged in a row, each with a volume of 654 cm³, with water cooling. The intake system includes two turbines - large and small. In other words, a dual serial turbine. Power 255 horsepower. The standard transmission was a 5-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic transmission remained an option. To accelerate to 100 km / h, this model required, according to different sources, from 5.3 to 5.5 seconds. Thanks to the use of Double Wishbone suspension on 4 wheels, and a little later added to the system "Toe Control" the car had excellent driving characteristics.
The third generation has been modified five times: in 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999. In 1998, for example, the highest permissible engine power in Japan was reached, equal to 280 hp. In 1995, Mazda decides to stop exporting the RX-7 to the United States, but continues to sell them around the world. In 1999, the car is removed from production for the European market, in Japan, the RX-7 continued to be sold, moreover, underwent significant facelift. In August 2002, the RX-7 was removed from production completely. It was replaced by a model RX-8.
Throughout its production history, the Mazda RX-7 has had a few limited editions. In 1992, a batch of 300 RZ cars was produced. And in 1994, the modification was presented R-II, limited to the release of 350 cars. A little later, in 1997, 700 Type RB Bathurst X series cars were produced, which had, among other things, an exclusive red leather interior. In 1997, for the thirtieth anniversary of the model, an RS-R modification was introduced, which also had a certain limit for release. In 2002, Mazda introduced the latest limited edition model of the RX-7 Spirit R. All versions of this series had a leather-covered steering wheel and gearshift lever, power windows, an improved soft-plastic interior trim, 17 "BBS alloy wheels and red painted brakes mechanisms.
The Spirit R series was presented in three modifications:
Type A is the most expensive and powerful version. Motor power is limited by Japanese law and is 280 liters. with. Gearbox manual 5-speed. Number of places - 2.
Type B is characterized by the presence of the rear seats. The power unit is the same, 280-strong plus manual transmission.
Type C has a more modest engine capacity of 255 liters. with. and 4-speed automatic transmission.
Mazda RX-7 Spirit R was sold only in Japan. A total of 1,500 pieces were produced.