In 1978, the iconic Mazda RX-7 was unveiled and the sports model quickly established as the brand’s fun-to-drive sports car. The RX-7 was well-known for its compact yet powerful rotary engine that allowed the power unit to be mounted lower and further back; this gave absolute road-holding .
The original RX-7 ‘FB’ proved a huge success. More than 470,000 driving enthusiasts bought one, before the second generation ‘FC’ model was introduced with turbo power in 1985. The third generation ‘FD’ followed in 1992 until production of the iconic RX-7 ended in 2002.
In addition, the RX-7’s success in competition around the globe further cemented its position as a one of the world’s best sports cars. The RX-7 took overall victory in the 1981 Spa 24 hours, competed at Le Mans, took part in the awe-inspiring world of Group B rallying and claimed the 1980 and 1981 BTCC titles. In the USA, the RX-7 took an unmatched 100 wins in 12 years of IMSA competition and won the GTU class at the 1979 Daytona 24 hours.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the Mazda RX-7, Mazda brought together all three generations of the sports car in a film that documents the evolution of the most successful model to be powered by a rotary engine:
And no story about the Mazda RX-7 would be complete without hearing from the owners who have made this famous sports car such an enduring icon. In Malaysia, the RX-7 is owned by some of the most ardent of automotive enthusiasts, mostly in mint condition.
Total global production of the RX-7 reached 811,634, but this was a car that made an impression way beyond its sales numbers, feared by rivals on track, loved by owners and admired by fans, the RX-7 established Mazda as a sports car brand, made the rotary engine famous and laid the groundwork for Mazda’s next great sports car: the Mazda MX-5.
Today, the spirit of the RX-7 still resonates in Mazda’s stylish and great-to-drive SKYACTIV model line-up, while classic RX-7s continue to thrill owners and fans the world over.