JDM Legend Car Introduction — Mazda RX-7

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Mazda RX-7 -- a classic JDM Legend Vehicle

The Mazda RX-7 is a sports car produced by the Japanese automaker Mazda from 1978 to 2002. It is a two-door, two-seater sports car powered by a rotary engine. The RX-7 was known for its sleek design, excellent handling, and high-revving rotary engine, which provided a unique driving experience.


General Introduction

The first generation of the RX-7 was introduced in 1978 and was powered by a 1.1-liter rotary engine that produced 100 horsepower. In 1981, the engine was upgraded to a 1.3-liter unit that produced 135 horsepower. The second generation, which was introduced in 1985, featured a turbocharged engine that produced up to 200 horsepower.

The third generation, introduced in 1992, featured a more refined design and a more powerful engine. The RX-7 was powered by a 1.3-liter twin-rotor engine that produced 255 horsepower. The final generation of the RX-7, which was introduced in 1999, featured an even more powerful 1.3-liter twin-rotor engine that produced 280 horsepower.

The RX-7 was known for its excellent handling and balance, thanks to its lightweight construction and rear-wheel-drive layout. It also had a reputation for being reliable and durable, despite the complex rotary engine design.


RX-7(FD3s third generation 1992-1997) Features

1308 cc 13B-REW twin-turbo twin-rotor


5-speed manual / 4-speed automatic


2,446 mm (96.3 in)

Curb weight

1,218–1,340 kg (2,685–2,954 lb)


Front engine, RWD


238-276 hp


rotary engine

1.3-liter twin-rotor engine

In the third-generation RX-7 (1992-2002), the 1.3-liter twin-rotor engine was used to power the car, and it produced up to 255 horsepower and 217 lb-ft of torque in the most powerful version.

The engine was equipped with advanced features like sequential twin-turbocharging and a side-exhaust system, which further enhanced its performance and distinct rotary engine sound.

The 1.3-liter twin-rotor engine was known for its smooth and responsive power delivery, with a high-revving character and distinct exhaust note. However, it was also known for its relatively high fuel consumption and more complex maintenance requirements compared to traditional piston engines. Despite these challenges, the 1.3-liter twin-rotor engine remains a unique and iconic powerplant that contributed to the legendary status of the Mazda RX-7 as a sports car.