The Mazda RX-7 is a sports car that was assembled and produced by the Japanese automaker Mazda from 1978 to 2002. The RX-7 made Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list five times. 811,634 RX-7s were produced.
The best-loved RX-7 and probably half the reason for Mazda to continue its unconventional rotary crusade – has to be the curvaceous FD. The second-generation RX-7 upped the ante in the power stakes, but the third-gen FD pushed the 13B twin-rotor engine even further with a sequential twin-turbocharger system, with one blower providing boost at low RPM, and the other bringing the boost at high RPM.
The later models are good for around 270bhp, and FDs of any age possess all the attributes that made the previous RX-7s so good: a near-50/50 weight distribution, excellent handling, not a whole lot of weight and ruddy pop-ups, all wrapped up in a handsome coupe body. The FD is a timeless design that’s reaching iconic status.