Comments - Japanese Tuner Icons: Mazda RX-7

Published: Jun 27, 2012
Description: Mazda's insistence on using rotary engines over the years has seemed a bit odd at times. But when an era came about when lightweight cars were in demand for tuning, the RX-7 was waiting to become...
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prodrag Jun 27, 2012
RX3's and 4's are my favorite.
Larry Martino Jun 27, 2012
Picture this; a drag race btw the R34, RX7 and a Supra. Twin Turbo Shootout, it would be so epic
Zain Sheikh Jun 27, 2012
Rotary powa . I like the FC better than the FD though
Andrew Grimm Jun 27, 2012
Don't even start something like that.....vvv
Larry Martino Jun 27, 2012
I like the RX-7 but the R34 Skyline is better IMO.
Brent Nishimoto Jun 27, 2012
All of the photos are of FDs and only 1 FC???
Matt Piccolo Jun 27, 2012
@cho, the supra was too, so idk
William Downs Jun 27, 2012
i do appreciate a nice rx7 but i hate the solid head light conversion, and almost all the cars in the article have it done
Cho Dan Jun 27, 2012
Why was this car left out of the Japanese sports car series CarBuzz did a few weeks ago? SMH...
Andrew Grimm Jun 27, 2012
Aaawwwwww yyeeeaaaa. Rex time!
Tanner Middleton Jun 28, 2012
how about the top secret silvia in the back :D yes!!!! but i think flips look way better
Cho Dan Jun 27, 2012
Clint, check out Hinson Super Cars and Granny's Speed Shop. RX-7 + Muscle: the best of both worlds!
Clint Edwards Jun 27, 2012
I'm a muscle fan to the core but I like these a lot, mainly because you don't see many that have been butchered by a high school sophmore with underglow and a wide body kit
Abraham Mendoza Jun 27, 2012
I like em with fixed ones, better dynamics and lighter weight. Looks good.
Mikey Jimenez Jun 27, 2012
These light look good like this tho.
Federiko Knaudt Jun 27, 2012
thats a sweet car
Phillip Holbrook Jun 27, 2012
Flip headlights always turn into lazy eye frog headlights. There's a reason nobody uses them anymore.
Henz Herrero Jun 27, 2012
It doesnt look dumb.. It might not look right for you but i think looks really nice...
Devin Babyn Jun 27, 2012
I hate flip ups on everything. Never seen em look good before
Grant Boshart Jun 27, 2012
Idk I like the fixed ones
Tim Preisinger Jun 27, 2012
I agree with ya here matt. Flip head lights look much better on this car
Matt Piccolo Jun 27, 2012
I hate when people swap out The flip up head lights for regular ones, it looks dumb
Rockesh Boulder Jun 27, 2012
Re Ameriya right?
Carlos Gallego Rodriguez Jun 27, 2012
I love this D1 rx-7
Abraham Mendoza Jun 27, 2012
I absolutely love these cars. So light and nimble.
Description: It wasn't especially powerful, producing 135 horsepower in its most powerful form, but the very low weight of 2,500lbs made it fast enough to be a stand-out in performance within its price range...
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Cory Poteet Jun 28, 2012
Had an 85 with the early 13b in it...only car I've seen run better on low octane gas
Cho Dan Jun 27, 2012
Zain stated you could adjust the boost "up" to 65psi. The stock boost pressure was 5.5psi '86-'88, 7.5psi on '89 and up models. If he meant 6.5psi it wouldn't make sense.
Zach Pate Jun 27, 2012
He might have meant 6.5psi
Cho Dan Jun 27, 2012
65psi? The stock apex seals would break at a third of that.
Brad Hickey Jun 27, 2012
65psi... Yeah i'm sure you COULD adjust it to 65 but that would be the end of that engine rofl.
Andrew Grimm Jun 27, 2012
65 PSI?? Uhhhh......
Zain Sheikh Jun 27, 2012
Didn't the turbo 2 FC come with 200 HP stock ? And weighed 2800 lbs . And u could adjust it's turbos psi to upto 65 PSI with out even spending a dime . <3 rotary
No Pistons Jun 27, 2012
They would have to redesign the entire motor for more liters and as previously stated the 20b is 2 liters an 26b is 2.6 liters
Austin Bride Jun 27, 2012
Fuel efficiency isn't good. That's why.
Nick Sti Jun 27, 2012
@Jordan, 20B rotary engine. YouTube it
Jordan Jackson Jun 27, 2012
If the volumetric efficiency is so good why not make it a 2.0L or a 3.0L? Give this light weight freak some power man! I mean who wouldn't want a 300hp RX-7 from the factory? Lol
Description: The new enlarged engine had lighter rotors and an increased compression ratio. It produced 146 horsepower, but a turbocharged model was now offered as well, and this produced 185 horsepower. Best of a...
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Chris Penza Jun 27, 2012
I've always hated the 944
Stephen Tyler Learn Jun 27, 2012
It was the 80s what do you expect
Jordan Jackson Jun 27, 2012
A 39hp gain? Come on...
Issa Naouri Jun 28, 2012
Legend. This is IMHO a masterpiece
Phillip Holbrook Jun 27, 2012
It almost looks like the bumper or hood was meant for another car. I think the good may actually be the problem, it doesn't flow with the car well.
No Pistons Jun 27, 2012
Why you don't buy replicas
Mathiew Lacoursiere Jun 27, 2012
Who ever put that front bumber on did a really bad job js
Phillip Holbrook Jun 27, 2012
Could use some cleaning, those things are foggy
Zack Hartman Jun 27, 2012
I actually like them a lot
Matt Piccolo Jun 27, 2012
I hate the fixed headlights!!
Cho Dan Jun 27, 2012
Why not post some bone stock FB, FC, and FD pics CarBuzz?
Bob Jones Jun 27, 2012
Haha I thought the exact same thing as Aiden.
Ashen Fonseka Jun 27, 2012
I don't like the lights the bottom makes the main lights look ugly
Taylor Garry Jun 27, 2012
David you are right. Its not that hard to find ones that look amazing
Patrick Schalk Jun 27, 2012
I actually really like this one.
David McLarty Jun 27, 2012
It's like Car Buzz went out of their way to find the UGLIEST FDs they could! What the hell??!
Aiden Bass Jun 27, 2012
Did an rx-7 eat an s2000???
Tanner Middleton Jun 28, 2012
looks like a panox esparante in the front -.-
Mikey Jimenez Jun 27, 2012
This one looks good, just take off the stickers.
Ashen Fonseka Jun 27, 2012
This looks better cause the small lights are tinted out
Henz Herrero Jun 27, 2012
Front was inspired by clean back inspired by wtf..
John Serely Jun 27, 2012
Wow. the first half of the pic looked fine, then I scrolled tithe second half.....
Lee Cascio Jun 27, 2012
It looks stoned.
Casey Labuda Jun 27, 2012
Hahahhaha it says purple panda
Kenneth Williams Jun 27, 2012
Let it go already. Every pic doesn't need the same comment
Matt Piccolo Jun 27, 2012
What if with all the photos of cara with fixed headlights, I LOVE rx-7's but really?
Description: But with its lower price the RX-7 was the better deal anyway, although the second generation RX-7 still wouldn't be as popular with tuners as the generation to come after it. Despite being the le...
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Matt Piccolo Jun 29, 2012
Enough power to keep up wit the supra, and it was heavier... And in te handling department, they were very close
Matt Piccolo Jun 29, 2012
@ Ashely, no the supra had a better 1/4 mile time low 13's vs mid-high 13's for the skyline... After launch, the skyline didn't have en
Ashley Lopez Jun 29, 2012
@Matt, I don't think the supra had better performance than the skyline since the late 90's models beat it when it came to 1/4 mile times and over all handling.
Matt Piccolo Jun 28, 2012
@ Brian, they weren't really another level, (maybe) the nsx, but the supra deffinatey, is in the same class as the skyline (90's ones) as other than the fact the gtr's had awd, the supra had equal-better performance
Scott Gracey Jun 27, 2012
Skyline, NSX, supra, rx7 haha man, 90s was the time for Japanese cars
Scott Gracey Jun 27, 2012
Supra! The sound of the turbos on that car, mmmm, plus stunning looking
Mikey Jimenez Jun 27, 2012
RX-7, Supras are so boring compared to these cars.
Vincent Butler Jun 27, 2012
No* spell check is Ridiculous!!
Vincent Butler Jun 27, 2012
So now fortune body kit from veilside pics really carbuzz.
Phillip Holbrook Jun 27, 2012
RX-7 all the way, lighter and I can't bring myself to own a Toyota. Blandest manufacturer of cars and despite the Supra their cars are just cheap. I owned an 05 Camry and I liked my 04 Alero better.
Devin Babyn Jun 27, 2012
I'd go for the RX-7. Never liked the looks of the supra stock but I love the look of the 7.
Alex Slo-Mo Miller Jun 27, 2012
The rotary will last as long as almost anything else. People just don't know how to take care of it. Let alone tune it. I've had a few in my shop with over 100k miles on there original engine.
Matt Piccolo Jun 27, 2012
I would take a supra! Looks way better IMO, more power, handles well, record holding brakes (93-04) for any production car... So it wins in the performance category and looks but that's IMO and yea, the engine will last a lot longer as stated before
Lee Cascio Jun 27, 2012
Supra only because I wouldn't want to rebuild the wankel every 30k miles.
Tim Preisinger Jun 27, 2012
I'm not much of a Japanese import fan, but for those who are... Which would you guys rather have? An RX7 or Supra?
Jordan Jackson Jun 27, 2012
Ok, forget my previous comments, lol
Description: An even 50-50 weight distribution made for more competent handling than most other cars in the segment as well. This is aided by the fact that the engine is so small that Mazda was able to mount it in...
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Ryan Cardone Jun 29, 2012
Gotcha, just when I hear mid engine, I think of the more popular 'rear of driver' layout in that context. So the RX-7 is a "front-mid" layout just like Nissan's aforementioned platform.
Ben Norton Jun 28, 2012
"FM" means front mid, so in front of the driver but a mid engine
Ben Norton Jun 28, 2012
Behind the front axle or in front of the rear are mid engined
Ryan Cardone Jun 27, 2012
Not mid-engined, just that it was located behind the front axle. This is the same as the Nissan "FM Platform" vehicles (Z, FX, etc.).
Ben Norton Jun 27, 2012
Never knew they were mid engined
Cody Matthews Jun 28, 2012
But in all seriousness, this is a pretty cool car.
Cody Matthews Jun 28, 2012
Now if you look to the left side of this picture, you will see why headlight conversions were so popular.
Nicholas Barbagallo Jun 27, 2012
And I see an orange M3 E36 behind the tent
Mikey Jimenez Jun 27, 2012
You guys are going to hate me for this but I see viper in the back.
Phillip Holbrook Jun 27, 2012
That's sharp. And I personally think drifting is stupid, but that's a nice car.
Andrew Grimm Jun 27, 2012
At first it made me think of a 4th gen Camaro and an S2000.
Matt Piccolo Jun 29, 2012
@ Brian, I'm not being a hypocrit, he's saying that the flip ups suck cuz they always break, which they don't... I was saying I didn't like the fixed lights.... 2 diff things
Jonathan Bowen Jun 28, 2012
This is the best pic. Pop-ups FTW.
Cody Gillard Jun 28, 2012
love these my cousin has one in grey fun to drive also
Andrew Nissley Jun 28, 2012
Love the lines on the RX7
Clint Edwards Jun 27, 2012
On a completely unrelated note, I like the look of this. Not a fan of the hid kit though, would've gone with the white ones instead
Luis Mora Jun 27, 2012
Haha fighting over headlight... LoL
Phillip Holbrook Jun 27, 2012
Everyone else has said my piece and at least I finally put a smiley on it to indicate sarcasm by this point. I know I've said it a thousand times. :)
Shawn Sullivan Jun 27, 2012
Whew! Finally the original flip up head lights! I just can't stand those damn after market fixed ones! Ha ha!
Corey Alan Kelley Jun 27, 2012
Matt you've made the same comment on half the pictures "I hate fixed headlights" or some BS
Matt Piccolo Jun 27, 2012
Shut up Phillip, u already made that comment twice in this article, out of all the cars with flip up lights, I've seen one with one broken one
Phillip Holbrook Jun 27, 2012
They should have one halfway up cause that's how they usually end up. :)
Kyle Karsemeyer Jun 27, 2012
Nope, definitely flip-up.
James Lynch-Sarasek Jun 27, 2012
Pretty sure they are fixed
Matt Piccolo Jun 27, 2012
This ones my fav do far... Love the flip-up headlights, so sexy!!!!
Jacob Keith Miller Jun 27, 2012
This cars on stance nation
Bright Spark Jun 27, 2012
Still looks wicked today
Description: Rotors and seals are still subject to damage, and a really serious tuning of a Wankel engine includes replacing these components. Although this is probably a good idea no matter what, since the third ...
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Julian Rasolko Aug 10, 2012
Just drop a k20 in there and your set!
Cho Dan Jun 28, 2012
I use to bury the rpm gauge against the needle, full red zone on my '85 GSL-SE just to show my friends what a rotary could do. It never hurt the engine. Rotaries are rev happy.
No Pistons Jun 27, 2012
Direction(piston motor) it is quite effortless and not extraneous on the wankel to withhold high rpms, their built to rev.
No Pistons Jun 27, 2012
Then it's piston counterpart, you can sit at 8k all day with a renesis and all your doing is helping the motor and burning off all the carbon. Due to having less moving parts and spinning in the same direction as opposed to violent changes in...
No Pistons Jun 27, 2012
Reving to 9k and it's dead? Please tell me where you heard that. First of all rotaries generate power through rpm, higher you can sustain it the more power, due to a 3:1 relation with eshaft and rotor, the rotor is spinning at a much slower speed..
No Pistons Jun 27, 2012
Haha thanks for the shout out devin. First of all yes the fds3 was plagued with problems but it wasn't the motor blowing up, the turbos are utter crap and led to many problems, seen plenty of FDs with over 100k doing just fine when an ADULT owns it.
Danny Rodriiguez Jun 27, 2012
Well mu cousins integra is revving at 10,000 and the B18 is at mint condition And never blowed up,is knowing how to rev a engine
Devin Babyn Jun 27, 2012
Don't worry children No Pistons should be along soon enough to set y'all straight
Ashley Lopez Jun 27, 2012
Actually the rotory engine can withstand being reved at 9000 rpm for a continuous amount of time without damage because if I remember correctly the rotor is actually only spinning at 1/3 of the eccentric shaft speed.
Lee Cascio Jun 27, 2012
What kids can afford a fd3? The motors just are not reliable they rev so high and consume so much oil and gas.
Tim Preisinger Jun 27, 2012
Danny, most motors will break if revved for 5 mins straight at 9000 rpms lol.
David McLarty Jun 27, 2012
This is the common misconception that hurts the RX7 "engines blow up at 50,000 miles". This simply isn't true; the 3rd gen RX7 is plagued with many issues, most things that fail are turbo and emissions control systems. The engines rarely blow until kids get ahold of them and start tweaking things, not knowing what they're doing. Then they blame the rotary engine.
Danny Rodriiguez Jun 27, 2012
The rotary engine is very weak。 It can make tons of power but is delicate。 Rev it at 9000RPM for 5 minutes and its dead.
Description: Rotary engines also love to rev, since their internals aren't subject to the same sorts of stresses as a reciprocating engine, but this constant high revving had a tendency to cause problems with...
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No Pistons Jun 27, 2012
Powerful and heavier then the s2k and it was faster then it around laguna.
No Pistons Jun 27, 2012
Ya all the comparisons I've seen it's the 8 that comes on top, people confuse I tighter steering ratio for better handling when that's not the case. All the SCCA and race forums I've read also agree the 8 is the better handling car. The rx8 is less
Phillip Holbrook Jun 27, 2012
They've done that one a couple of times pretty sure the Miata was there for one of them, since that is what that car is known for. Will research and come back and clear it all up.
Matt Piccolo Jun 27, 2012
Car and driver, an the s2k and mx5 weren't in it...
Matt Piccolo Jun 27, 2012
I just spent some time researching and no, the s2k an mx5 handle better, the 8 is faster than the mx5 around a track but that is due to the mx5 not being very powerful, not that it handled better... I know the comparison that ur talkin about through
No Pistons Jun 27, 2012
Agreed, though what I love about the 8 is you have to know what your doing and put in some serious work for it to be a monster. I love a car that you have to work for and understand for power not just have money and bolt ons
Phillip Holbrook Jun 27, 2012
RX-8 lacks power but I think it was Car and Driver that tested best handling cars. The RX-8 came in first if I recall correctly and it was up against the Mustang, Cayman, Corvette, Evo, STi, etc. etc. etc. You point it goes end of story.
No Pistons Jun 27, 2012
I say laguna because that's the only track their times where compared
No Pistons Jun 27, 2012
Not correct, 8 is faster around laguna and in a handling test it beat a gt2
Matt Piccolo Jun 27, 2012
Mx5 and s2k handle better than an rx7 or 8
Phillip Holbrook Jun 27, 2012
RX-8 best handling car, tuned they can be beasts. Lot of people have compared their handling to a Miata.
Matt Piccolo Jun 27, 2012
I agree, rx-7 is better by they're both sweet cars
Shawn Sullivan Jun 27, 2012
Yessssss!!!!! Flip up headlights!!!!!!
Description: Few even noticed when Mazda decided to stop building it recently. The proof of the RX-7 iconic status is simply that when you hear the words "tuned RX-7" you're picturing one in red and...
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Stephen Tyler Learn Jun 27, 2012
Thats probably because they don't know anything about how to tune them
David Liebe Hart Jun 27, 2012
This article has a lot less "tuner" content than the other ones, it's more just about the stock car, which is disappointing
No Pistons Jun 27, 2012
My apologies for loosing my keys to my secret R&D lab in my basement lol
Joshua Minh Tran Jun 27, 2012
Haha that comment was funny
Abraham Mendoza Jun 27, 2012
Why don't you fix it. You're a smart guy.
No Pistons Jun 27, 2012
Bad mpgs due to its inefficient thermal dynamics ie one side is continuously heated while the other is cooled. So hopefully over time there will be a solution to this.
Christian Quinones Oct 05, 2012
my favorite style.I own one.Fun to drive.
Issa Naouri Jun 28, 2012
FC <33 It's like candy for my eyes
John Trimborn Jun 27, 2012
I bought a trashed '86 5spd at auction many years ago. it was a temporary car that got me thru a few months. I could see the potential in it if it was not on its last leg. I kinda miss it.
Stephen Tyler Learn Jun 27, 2012
The wheels are different? But other than that I like this car
Andrew Grimm Jun 27, 2012
Ewwww. I never liked the FCs :/
Jonathan Bowen Jun 28, 2012
"These stickers are dangerous and inconvenient, but I do love Fig Newtons..."
Andrew Grimm Jun 27, 2012
Lmfao Jason. That one was good!
Tim Preisinger Jun 27, 2012
Lol @ jasons comment
Jason W. Evers Jun 27, 2012
Probably looking for a gas station..
Abraham Mendoza Jun 27, 2012
He's on the prowl, lookin for victims.
Andrew Grimm Jun 27, 2012
Look out, we got a badass over here. He looks super pissed off.
Doug Sherwood Jun 27, 2012
Glen Jung's car here is certainly not a tuner, but all out serious race car that with its 3 rotor motor, it does scream, literally. Always glad to see another SCCA racer get a cool mention.
Cameron Dean Jun 28, 2012
I wanna see a picture of that baja bug over there!..maybe not
Trent Bourgeois Jun 28, 2012
This looks good.
Abraham Mendoza Jun 27, 2012
Oh crap, I didn't see that!
Mikey Jimenez Jun 27, 2012
Did anyone notice the lifted bug on the right lol?
Mikey Jimenez Jun 27, 2012
Wow! This is done right. Beautiful!
Devin Babyn Jun 27, 2012
Love this one to. Think it's my fav
Abraham Mendoza Jun 27, 2012
I'd have one like this. That's badass.
Logan Delony Jun 27, 2012
My mom had one of these and she Loved it!
Micah Lau Jun 27, 2012
I had one of these, it was a GSL-SE model with a 13B engine. Perhaps the favourite car that I owned. That little 1.3l Wankel wanted to do nothing but rev, and rev very high it did.