Mazda RX-7

Mazda RX-7
Mazda RX-7
Mazda RX-7
Mazda RX-7
Mazda RX-7
Mazda RX-7
Mazda RX-7

Produced from 1999 to 2002 is the 8th series in the third and final generation of the Mazda RX-7, which also happens to be the only series of Mazda RX-7 ever eligible for import to Australia.  This latest Mazda RX-7 still has the compact, lightweight and high-output rotary engine, however enhancements to equipment and features were implemented such as upgraded turbochargers, improved intercooling and radiator cooling (due to the revised front end), a new steering wheel, new front and rear lights and improved seating. The rear wing also gained the added feature of being adjustable.

The lineup consists of four main production models which were marketed with three different power outputs as listed below:

Mazda RX-7 Type RB - least expensive model with the least power which is available in an automatic also (which has a slight reduction in power from the manual).

Mazda RX-7 Type RB S-package - some upgraded features over the standard RB and only comes in a manual.

Mazda RX-7 Type R - more power than the RBs with a larger price tag and only available in a manual version.

Mazda RX-7 Type RS - top of the range model, which shares the same power output as the Type R but comes with enhancements such as Bilstein suspension and 17" wheels as standard, with an overall weight reduction to keep the 1280 kg of the Type R.

Special run-out models released are as follows:

Mazda RX-7 Type RZ - a limited edition where 175 were made and sold within a couple of weeks, which have the same equipment/features as the above Type RS but with a lighter weight of 1270 kg and comes in a custom body colour - snow white pearl mica. This model also features custom gunmetal coloured BBS wheels, a custom red interior trim with Recaro full bucket seats, a new 16-bit ECU and an upgraded ABS system improving safety by braking differently on each wheel allowing for better turning during breaking. This model reportedly does 0-100 km/h in just 5 seconds.

The Mazda RX-7 Spirit R - the final limited-production model in the range, produced as run out specials, including all the extra features of all previous run specials, the Spirit R models are extremely hard to come by with only 1500 having been produced which were sold in a matter of days. Mazda RX-7 Spirit R comes in three kinds as follows:

Type A - two seater only vehicle with a 5-speed manual transmission, exclusive Recaro red full bucket seats (reducing weight by 10 kg approx), improved large drilled type ventilated disk brakes for all four wheels and high rigid stainless mesh brake hoses. The Mazda Spirit R Type A is the absolute top of the range RX-7 model.

Type B - four seater with the sports 5-speed manual transmission, improved large drilled type ventilated disk brakes for all four wheels, high rigid stainless mesh brake hoses with exclusive red leather bucket seats.

Type C - four seater with the 4-speed automatic transmission and exclusive red leather bucket seats.

All 3 Mazda RX-7 Spirit R models come equipped with common interior and exterior features, such as BBS-manufactured 17 inch wheels, red brake callipers interior panels with a special soft coating.

The Mazda RX-7 Type R Bathurst R - limited edition model based on the Type R, with the highest power-weight ratio in the RX-7 series, featuring custom height-adjustable dampers designed specifically for the limited edition model for enhanced driving excitement. There are also the interior features such as the  carbon tone center panel, center console, power window switch panel and small storage compartment cover on the driver's side along with a carbon shift knob and parking brake lever all similar to the racing car. The Bathurst R also comes with the limited edition stickers. The Bathurst R's namesake is commemorative of the consecutive 1992 through to 1994 wins on "the mountain" in Australia by this models predecessor. All limited addition models have carried the Bathurst name since and there was only a total of 500 produced. This model reportedly done 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and 13.6 seconds on the quarter mile.




 

Mazda RX-7 Type RB Produced from January 1999

Body Type
Coupe
Doors 2
Seats 4
Frame GF-FD3S
Dimensions (LxWxH)
4285 x 1760 x 1230mm
Curb Weight
1240kg manual / 1280kg automatic
Transmission 5 speed manual / electronic control 4 speed automatic (EC-AT)
Engine Model / Type
13B-REW / water cooling serial 2 rotor IC twin turbo
Engine Displacement
1308 cc
Power 194.91 kW @ 6500 rpm manual / 187.55 kW @ 6500 rpm automatic
Torque 294.20 N*m @ 5000 rpm / 294.20 N*m @ 5000 rpm automatic
Turbo Charger
Twin Turbo with intercooler
0-100 km/h
?
1/4 Mile
?
Fuel Type Premium unleaded
Standard Equipment Power steering, front spoiler, ABS (antilock brake system), LSD (limited slip differential), 16 inch standard aluminium wheels, rear wiper, manual air conditioner, central locking, power windows, leather steering wheel, rear ELR3 point seat belts, side impact bars & driver / passenger airbags.
Factory Options Front fog lamps & a rear spoiler.


 

Mazda RX-7 Type R Produced from January 1999

Body Type
Coupe
Doors 2
Seats 4
Frame GF-FD3S
Dimensions (LxWxH)
4285 x 1760 x 1230mm
Curb Weight
1260kg
Transmission 5 speed manual
Engine Model / Type
13B-REW / water cooling serial 2 rotor IC twin turbo
Engine Displacement
1308 cc
Power 205.94 kW @ 6500 rpm
Torque 313.81 N*m @ 5000 rpm
Turbo Charger
Twin Turbo with intercooler
0-100 km/h
?
1/4 Mile
?
Fuel Type Premium unleaded
Standard Equipment Power steering, rear wiper, front spoiler, rear spoiler, ABS (antilock brake system), LSD (limited slip differential), privacy glass, 16 inch standard aluminium wheels,  manual air conditioner, central locking, power windows, leather steering wheel, rear ELR3 point seat belts, driver / passenger airbags & side impact bars.
Factory Options Front fog lamps.

 


 

Mazda RX-7 Type RS Produced from January 1999


Body Type
Coupe
Doors 2
Seats 4
Frame GF-FD3S
Dimensions (LxWxH)
4285 x 1760 x 1230mm
Curb Weight
1280kg
Transmission 5 speed manual
Engine Model / Type
13B-REW / water cooling serial 2 rotor IC twin turbo
Engine Displacement
1308 cc
Power 205.94 kW @ 6500 rpm
Torque 313.81 N*m @ 5000 rpm
Turbo Charger
Twin Turbo with intercooler
0-100 km/h
?
1/4 Mile
?
Fuel Type Premium unleaded
Standard Equipment Power steering, front fog lamps, rear wiper, front spoiler, rear spoiler, ABS (antilock brake system), LSD (limited slip differential), privacy glass, 17 inch standard aluminium wheels,  manual air conditioner, central locking, power windows, leather steering wheel, rear ELR3 point seat belts, driver / passenger airbags & side impact bars.
Factory Options Front fog lamps.

 


 


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