Mazda’s RX7 has always been something of a curio in the United States. First produced in 1978, the RX-7 from Hiroshima-based Japanese manufacturer Mazda stood out in the shape of its powerplant – a Wankel rotary engine. With a production run up to 2002 and spanning three generations, this front-mid engined rear wheel drive two-door sports car sold over 800,000 units worldwide. The first and third generations were only offered as Coupes, but the second generation (Savanna) had a convertible option as well. The third generation, called the FD ran for ten years from 1992 to 2002, and what we have here is a third-generation 1993 Mazda RX-7 Coupe from Montana with just 56,000 miles on the clock. It’s reported to have been garaged, always maintained, and serviced properly and is for sale by its original owner.
The third generation saw curves and rounded edges, a significant departure from the second generation’s straight lines and sharp edges. This 1993 Mazda RX-7 Coupe is reported to have originally been red but has since been repainted in the shade of maroon that you see in the photos. It rides on a set of five-spoke 17-inch Fitipaldi alloys with color-matching rings on the center caps. Another factor to note is that the original pop-up headlamps have been replaced with fixed ones. Twin silver tailpipes out back allow the rotary to sing its song. A metal body-colored sunroof completes the package. It’s part of the Touring package which also includes the foglamps and rear window wiper. The interior is done in a tan color scheme, featuring tan seats and a black dash. As mentioned, this car is a two-seater with a space behind the seats for some light luggage, as well as the boot which also plays host to part of the Bose sound system that is part of the Touring package, as are the leather seats. An Alpine head unit provides the source of the tunes, and there is AC to keep you cool on hot days.
The Mazda RX-7’s engine has always been a Wankel rotary engine which works differently compared to a traditional piston engine. The Wankel features a three-sided rotor shaped like a rounded triangle that directly produces rotary motion, as opposed to the linear motion that a piston engine produces which is then translated into rotary motion. As a result, Wankel engines are able to spin to high revs with very little vibration and deliver a smooth experience. This 1993 Mazda RX-7 Coupe comes with a 1,300cc (79ci) 13B-REW twin-rotor Wankel, but don’t let that displacement fool you, as it’s twin-turbocharged via a sophisticated Hitachi-developed sequential system that allows this car to put out 255hp and 217lb.ft to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. The seller notes that the engine is not the original one but has been newly rebuilt along with the transmission. It’s running a Wolf engine management system and an Innovate Motorsports digital air/fuel ratio meter. A new radiator has also been installed.
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