1984 Mazda RX-7 2017-08-01T09:18:38+00:00

Project Description

OVERVIEW

The moment you twist the key and fire up the miniscule 1.3-liter engine in the RX7, your heart begins to race. Gently rev the engine and as you feel the rotary engine buzz away in front of you, the hairs on the back of your neck begin to rise. Your palms begin to sweat as you press in the clutch pedal and slot the gearshift into first gear. As you release the clutch and take off, the chainsaw-esque engine note reverberates through your brain, urging you to go faster…

…And then you realize you’ve only pulled out of the driveway and probably shouldn’t be ripping around your neighborhood at full-throttle.

That’s the thing about the RX7 though. Everything is perfectly positioned for the driver, all of the inputs are perfectly weighted, and the engine feels like it shares a direct link to your brain. It’s this telepathic nature of the car that allows you, the driver, to have a calm, cool focus from behind the wheel. It’s a car meant to be driven.

Despite the tiny engine and only 135 hp on tap, it never feels particularly slow. The rotary engine just keeps building power as it rips towards redline, pulling only 2,350 pounds along with it. That weight is well balanced too, offering perfect 50/50 weight distribution. The tight suspension gives the RX7 a light, nimble feeling, a certain finesse. As you drive down your favorite roads, you don’t get the feeling that you’re missing anything. You don’t feel the need for a million horsepower or sophisticated computers to keep you pointed in the right direction. Instead of filtering out road noise or vibrations, the RX7 distills everything on the road into the purest possible driving experience.

OVERVIEW

The moment you twist the key and fire up the miniscule 1.3-liter engine in the RX7, your heart begins to race. Gently rev the engine and as you feel the rotary engine buzz away in front of you, the hairs on the back of your neck begin to rise. Your palms begin to sweat as you press in the clutch pedal and slot the gearshift into first gear. As you release the clutch and take off, the chainsaw-esque engine note reverberates through your brain, urging you to go faster…

…And then you realize you’ve only pulled out of the driveway and probably shouldn’t be ripping around your neighborhood at full-throttle.

That’s the thing about the RX7 though. Everything is perfectly positioned for the driver, all of the inputs are perfectly weighted, and the engine feels like it shares a direct link to your brain. It’s this telepathic nature of the car that allows you, the driver, to have a calm, cool focus from behind the wheel. It’s a car meant to be driven.

Despite the tiny engine and only 135 hp on tap, it never feels particularly slow. The rotary engine just keeps building power as it rips towards redline, pulling only 2,350 pounds along with it. That weight is well balanced too, offering perfect 50/50 weight distribution. The tight suspension gives the RX7 a light, nimble feeling, a certain finesse. As you drive down your favorite roads, you don’t get the feeling that you’re missing anything. You don’t feel the need for a million horsepower or sophisticated computers to keep you pointed in the right direction. Instead of filtering out road noise or vibrations, the RX7 distills everything on the road into the purest possible driving experience.

A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW

The first generation Mazda RX-7 debuted in 1978 and immediately the American public was impressed with its stylish appearance, high-tech rotary engine and overall performance. It was created to challenge the Datsun 280z, Porsche 924 and Chevy Corvette. It truly gave them a run for their money.

Its high revving Wankel engine, capable of prolonged runs to 7,000 rpm was mated to a light and nimble chassis weighing just 2,350 pounds. Its 0-60 time of 8.9 seconds isn’t the quickest by modern standards, but it’s not the sheer acceleration that defines the RX7.  The handling is what will truly put a smile on your face. Critics will tell you that there was nothing revolutionary about the drivetrain layout, braking system, steering or suspension. It’s the way that Mazda made the most of the design, however, that brought the handling to life. In doing so they achieved 50:50 weight distribution, which doesn’t hurt either.

Today Mazda is characterized by Zoom Zoom, or the emotion of motion that so many of us experience as children. The RX7 certainly delivers on the Zoom Zoom promise. It is the Godfather of Zoom Zoom.

A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW

The first generation Mazda RX-7 debuted in 1978 and immediately the American public was impressed with its stylish appearance, high-tech rotary engine and overall performance. It was created to challenge the Datsun 280z, Porsche 924 and Chevy Corvette. It truly gave them a run for their money.

Its high revving Wankel engine, capable of prolonged runs to 7,000 rpm was mated to a light and nimble chassis weighing just 2,350 pounds. Its 0-60 time of 8.9 seconds isn’t the quickest by modern standards, but it’s not the sheer acceleration that defines the RX7.  The handling is what will truly put a smile on your face. Critics will tell you that there was nothing revolutionary about the drivetrain layout, braking system, steering or suspension. It’s the way that Mazda made the most of the design, however, that brought the handling to life. In doing so they achieved 50:50 weight distribution, which doesn’t hurt either.

Today Mazda is characterized by Zoom Zoom, or the emotion of motion that so many of us experience as children. The RX7 certainly delivers on the Zoom Zoom promise. It is the Godfather of Zoom Zoom.

WORD ON THE STREET

“The Mazda RX-7 is the car you buy when you have all the right instincts and are a person of good taste and character but you can’t afford a Porsche. The RX-7 does for this generation what the MG TD did 30 years ago, what the Datsun 240-Z did 12 years ago, and what no American-made car does yet: it provides affordable sports-coupe fun for the guy who’s buying his first new car.”

Unknown, Car and Driver

“First-gen body. Second-gen 13-B engine. Light of weight. Beautifully balanced. Absolutely pure in its purpose of rewarding the driver with unfiltered feedback. With modern tires and a little tweaking to engine and suspension, this is the ultimate “I’m going to blast some canyons and don’t try to stop me” road carver. It won’t become a breathless collectible, but on a cool night when the world oppresses the spirit, this RX-7 revives the soul.”

Tony Assenza, Car and Driver

“Handling is very precise, and the recirculating ball steering is very close to a rack and pinion system with much less effort. There is just the right amount of understeer on hard cornering. The low center of gravity, good weight distribution and wide stance contribute to a very stable yet quiet, comfortable ride with a good feeling of security. With the optional steel radial tires lateral g force is .84 and speeds of 60 mph are possible through a slalom course of pylons placed 100 feet apart.”

Unknown, Motor Trend

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