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Mazda RX-7 Spirit R

Mazda RX-7 Spirit R

REVIEW

The Mazda RX-7 has always been a little different from the norm – since the first-generation Mazda chose to power it not by V6 or V8, not even with a turbo inline-four, but instead with a Wankel rotary engine. Totally unique in its design, it defines the RX-7 experience and embodies everything it stands for. The twin rotor, twin turbo engine only displaces 1.3 litres, but puts out 276bhp and revs to 8000rpm – but that tells only part of the story. It’s the way it revs that amazes – there’s nothing smoother. Okay it’s a little thirsty, but when it looks this good and handles this well you’ll forgive it. After all, it’s one of the best looking cars made in the last 30 years and with the light weight, low centre of gravity and sweet chassis setup this FD generation RX-7 is about as good as the 90’s got for driving enthusiasts. This Spirit R model is the best they made too, with all the handling tweaks learned over the years and a set of utterly gorgeous carbon backed bucket seats inside.

Stats

Engine / CylsRotary Power276bhp
Displacement1.3ltr Torque315 Nm
Engine PositionFront Top Speed162mph
DrivetrainRWD CO2n/a g/km
MPGn/a mpg Retail Price£38,000
0-62mph5.5secs Cash Alternative£30,000

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