MAZDA RX-7 Series 1

Classic Car

This was Mazda’s attempt to make the world take the rotary engine seriously. In terms of over half-a-million sales of this first series RX-7, it worked. However, the seemingly unassailable problem of these engines’ poor economy means they’ll never go mainstream. The RX-7 makes the most of the engine’s light weight, with perfect 50/50 weight distribution. The early version is best left to enthusiasts; from 1981 it was a better car, with an extra 10bhp, rear disc brakes, a spoiler on the back and more comprehensive equipment.

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