Review Rewind: Testing A 20-Year-Old Mazda Rx-7

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Mazda Efini RX-7

Review Rewind: Testing a Mazda RX-7

Back in the 1990s, when I was a teenager, my in cars was really revving up. I buying car magazines every and watched as many automotive-related TV as I could find.

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My was mostly relegated to high-performance If it looked good and went it got my attention. Like most I drooled over the latest from Ferrari and Lamborghini, but I had developed an interest in Japanese cars.

All the Japanese manufacturers at the were actively involved in the sports-car game, each to one-up each other. had the NSX, Mitsubishi had the 3000GT Toyota had the fourth-generation Supra and Mazda had this, the third-generation

Of all the Japanese offerings, the RX-7 was my simply because it had a very powertrain, plus I thought it better than the rest.

back in the 90s, I had no access to such as these, so all I could do was about how they must like to drive.

Over the I managed to get myself in the driver’s of a few RX-7s, but they were all drives.

What I wanted to do was to see it would be like to live one.

Chances of that happening to be nonexistent. Car companies don’t have last year’s on their press fleets, so are the chances of a company offering a vehicle?

Guess it is fair to Mazda Canada is a little bit from other car companies. had an original, 1993 Mazda in their inventory, and to the surprise of they decided to put it on the road and let a few borrow it. When I heard this, I simply jumped at the

Thankfully, Mazda said yes to my and I was booked into the RX-7 for a few

Upon first approaching 1993 RX-7, you notice how compact it is compared to modern The lines are delicate and flowing no sharp angles. It truly is one of the beautiful cars ever

Open the door and you realize the compact exterior also to a compact interior. I am not a tall but even I struggled to fit comfortably at and its huge, non-adjustable steering didn’t make getting in any

Once seated, you are also reminded of the 90s by looking at the quality of used; cars have a long way in this department then. Nowadays, we get better control systems too, as the air system in this RX-7 struggled to keep the cabin on very hot days.

Mazda Efini RX-7

However, the RX-7 was never creature comforts; it was built to be the sports car of its era, so how is it to drive?

its driving position, its tight box and the character of the drivetrain take a bit of used to. But once you have sorted, this car really to shine.

The RX-7 is a sensation. Its twin-rotor 1.3L motor 255 hp and 217 lb-ft of torque. It also to rev; redline is 8,000 rpm and being pushed, this sounds like a jet engine. the sensation from its engine is to fall in love with car, but it offers more.

This car not only looks and feels fast, it is truly

Use its clutch and five-speed manual correctly, and the RX-7 is capable of from 0-100 km/h in over five seconds, flat out it can hit 250 km/h. Its performance are still highly respectable many modern sports and so are its road manners.

Whether just cruising on the highway or some back roads, the still shines. The ride on the is smooth, and the chassis is very on twisty country roads. It perfect though, as there are squeaks and rattles when to today#39;s cars, but not enough to put you

The only area where cars have a huge over this RX-7 is in the department. While the RX-7 has disc brakes with they are not as strong as the ones newer sports cars.

Does this RX-7 its age? In some ways, it modern cars have interiors, offer more (only the driver got an airbag in the and burn through less I averaged 13.4 L/100km in the which makes it thirstier a new BMW M6.

But for pure driving enjoyment, old RX-7 is still up there the best sports cars on today.

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