Fast and Furious imitations, non-UK imports or pristine show ponies. To find a usable, cosmetically unmodified UK car is extremely rare. And exciting.
I've used 'cosmetically unmodified' as there are a couple of tiny tweaks under the bonnet. When the engine was rebuilt 11,000 miles ago (right when RX-7 engines tend to detonate, at 60,000 miles), the owner fitted an Apexi induction kit and Racing Beat exhaust. Sure, it would be good to have car free from any non-OEM additions, but they aren't fundamental modifications and should be reversible too.
The rest of K69 PLE really is standard though, and all the better for it. A recent respray in Mazda Vintage Red means the paintwork is gleaming, and the wheels were refurbed at the same time also. The interior is as relentlessly black as it was in 1992, the lights (should) pop up rather than glare through fibreglass and the plain, quite basic dials haven't been substituted for a garish digital set up.
The RX-7 used sequential turbos, with one boosting from 1,800rpm to about 4,500rpm, the larger turbo taking over from there to 8,000rpm. Who said turbos won't rev? With 240hp from the 1,308cc rotary, Mazda claimed a sub-six second sprint to 60mph and a 155mph top speed.
E36 M3 is less expensive but simply won't be as sharp to drive, whilst UK Supras are costlier also. A Porsche 968 CS with similar miles is more than £15K and the other Japanese contemporaries aren't too alluring: 300ZX, Soarer or 3000GT anyone?
It may be a bold claim, but the RX-7 probably remains Mazda's peak when it comes to driver's cars. It isn't quite as accessible as an MX-5, but it seems churlish to level such a complaint at a £6,995 RX-7.
Engine: 1,308cc twin-rotor, twin-turbo
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Power (hp): 240@6,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 218@5,000rpm
MPG: Not many...
First registered: 1992
Recorded mileage: 71,549
Price new: c. £35,000
Yours for: £6,995
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