Mazda’s experimentation with non-piston engines traces roots to the Cosmo Sport in 1967. While the history might be long, the rotary engine design made its largest impact when it was situated in the RX-7 model, which debuted in 1979 and ran through 2002. Broken into three generations, in all forms the RX-7 is beloved for its lightweight, precise handling and styling that broke from the sharp angles favoured by many design studios.
The third-generation and final generation FD RX-7 is a favourite amongst rotary enthusiasts. It is one of the most arrestingly beautiful shapes to have ever escaped a Japanese design studio. When it went on sale in the early ’90s, its flowing lines stood in stark contrast not just to the more boxy wedge offered by the previous version of the car, but also the more aggressively linear look of rivals like the Acura NSX and the Mitsubishi 3000GT.
The FD was produced over a decade-long period from 1992–2002. Conceptually, it was also quite different from its predecessor. Whereas the “FB” generation of the RX-7 had been conceived as more of a grand touring car, the FD embraced the lightweight lessons of its roots and stuck a bargain between comfort and startlingly sharp handling. As always, the RX-7 continued to showcase the potential of the rotary engine, with the 13B-REW unit now fed by a twin-turbocharged setup in a bid to balance the soaring heights of the car’s 8000-rpm redline with enough low-end torque to keep real-world driving fun, too. The small but plucky 1.3-liter engines eschewed pistons for a twin-rotor Wankel design that had character and a high rev ceiling and the sequential turbos helped bring the output numbers to a respectable 255 horsepower and 217 pound-feet of torque.
As with any classic it’s always a good idea to purchase the least-molested, best example you can afford. The FD was not only a star in the Fast and the Furious franchise, but its rotary engine’s potential for cheap power made it a regular target for racers both amateur and professional, which makes finding an unmodified example like this one we are selling a very rare opportunity.
Named Motor Trend magazine’s Import Car of the Year and one of Car and Driver’s Ten Best in 1993, the FD-generation RX-7 proved to be a wonderful swansong for the model and has proved to be popular with fans of Japanese sports cars worldwide. As such, this example warrants serious consideration and would be a wonderful acquisition in any collection of 1990s sports cars.
Body: 2 Doors Coupe (2+2 seating)
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 105,289KM
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Hong Kong Registered
History: First delivered and registered in Japan in 1997. Imported and registered in Hong Kong in 2018 showing "0 previous owners" on the VRD. Unmodified and mechanically excellent with fully restored leather interior. Partial repainted and slight blemish on exterior. Jack, tool, spare included.
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Highly original FD3S RX7
Well maintained with few blemishes
Fully restored and upgraded leather interior
77 Points out of 100 Condition
- Annual Service (Rotary Engine Oil, Rear Diff oil and fluid change, MOT)
- Added A/C Freon
- Installed brand new Series 6 Exhaust
- Interior upgrade with re-upholstered leather seats, steering, door card and shifter knob.
- New Upgraded 17" RX7 Type-R Wheels
- New RE71R Tires
- New Catalytic Converter
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
Mazda is the only major automotive manufacturer to have persisted with Felix Wankel’s revolutionary rotary engine design and early models like the Cosmo, R100 and RX2/RX3 enjoy a cult following today. It took until the launch of a proper sports car, the RX-7, in 1978 for the rotary to find a chassis more suited to its high-revving characteristics; the first generation model received rave reviews and proved a commercial success, with over half a million sold.
The second generation RX-7 of 1985-1991 took Mazda’s sports car further upmarket, competing with the likes of Porsche’s 944 thanks to clever technology and the first appearance of a turbo variant. When Mazda unveiled the third generation RX-7 in 1991, it was clear the model had come a long way from its humble roots, harnessing a complex sequential twin turbo system to overcome lag and deliver linear power all the way to the redline. With perfect 50:50 weight distribution achieved by locating the engine well behind the front axle, the new FD RX-7 also looked the part, with bold new styling that has only got better with age. In fact, the third generation RX-7 was a bone fide supercar, combining sublime handling, excellent braking and strong acceleration.
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