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PistonHeads Expert Opinion

While there were three generations of Mazdaโ€™s rotary sports cars, the RX-7 is best known for just one: the final FD3S, produced from 1993-2002. While the UK did receive an official version, its reputation suffered because of less power than the Japanese Domestic Market cars (240hp vs. 280hp) and a high price against conventional rivals.

Like so many Japanese sports cars of the 1990s, then, the RX-7โ€™s legend was forged elsewhere. Firstly, in the real world, with various imported examples to the UK, and the bewitching smoothness and power they possessed from the twin-turbo 13B rotary. Secondly, in the virtual one, where naive gamers and filmgoers saw more of the RX-7 than they ever had. And in both, the stunning potential in modifying Mazdaโ€™s Wankel wonder.

Perhaps most importantly of all, the RX-7 was (and remains) a beautiful piece of design. Bring together the good looks, performance, handling and cult status - the RX-8 being a very different car to replace the 7 with - and this Mazda is now a cast-iron classic. Untouched, well cared for, late versions - the Spirit R in particular - can now command up to ยฃ50,000.

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Frequently asked questions

  • The third-generation Mazda RX-7 can reach a limited top speed of 156mph. Earlier versions had a top speed of around 120mph.
  • You can find a great used Mazda RX-7 on PistonHeads starting at ยฃ7,000, with low mileage examples fetching around ยฃ30,000 & excellent examples fetching up to ยฃ50,000.
  • You can expect up to 18mpg for city driving & 25mpg on a motorway, depending on the year & trim. CO2 emissions are an estimated 258g/km on average.
    • Engine size: 1.2-litre, 1.2-litre single turbo, 1.3-litre, & 1.3-litre twin-turbo Wankel rotary engines, depending on the year & trim.
    • Power: 100hp (1st gen) - 240hp (FD3S).
    • Torque: 105lb-ft (1st gen) - 218lb-ft (FD3S).
    • 0-60: 5.3 - 9.0sec, depending on the year & trim.
    • Gearbox: 3 & 4-speed automatic or 4 & 5-speed manual gearboxes were offered, depending on the year & trim.
  • The RX-7 was available as a coupe hardtop or convertible.
  • You can expect to pay between ยฃ150 - ยฃ200 in road tax for an RX-7.

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