The Best RX7s In The Gallery
April 14, 2021
Ahhh yes, the Mazda RX-7. One of the most loved and iconic JDM cars to ever have graced the earth. Many of you probably remember drooling over this car in Toyo Drift even.
Powered by what's arguably one of the most unreliable Dorito spinner boxes to exist, the Mazda RX-7 has its problems, but don't we all. Many argue that the rotary engine is actually reliable IF...and that is a big if...you take care of it. Dakota couldn't have said it better: "Owning an RX-7 is like having a baby; they cost a lot of money, you always have to take care of it, and you never know when it's going to sh*t itself" - Dakota. I mean, that sounds about right.
In all seriousness, the RX-7 is a pretty bangin' car overall with the FD being the most loved generation. With all that being said, here are the best-looking RX-7s in our gallery! Make sure to let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below and if you haven't already, add your car to the gallery too. You might just be featured in our next blog!
- Brief History of Mazda RX-7
Brief History Of Mazda RX-7
Wait now. Before we get into the best-looking RX-7s in our gallery, let's take a step back to discuss the history of the RX-7. It's worth noting, I promise.
The first RX-7, otherwise called the SA22C or FB generation, was released in the Japanese market in 1978 which really wasn't that long ago when you think about it. The RX-7 took off in the Japanese market because it not only aligned with government regulations on vehicle size, but it was really affordable to get your hands on, ironically because of the Wankel rotary engine that it was powered with.
That definitely isn't the case today. It's hard to touch a clean RX-7, that is the FD generation, under $20-25K. Ouch.
Similar to what we're seeing today with bro tax and drift tax on these types of cars, Japanese customers were faced with an annual road tax on cars with a certain engine displacement. The RX-7, however, had an engine displacement was just below the standard 1500cc for that annual road tax to apply so it was more affordable for the average civilian. It was also right up their ally with a small, compact interior.
The second-generation RX-7, the FC or FC3S, was produced between 1986 and 1988 before the famous FD RX-7 was released in 1993 and ended production in Japan in 2002. The US market only got the FD generation from 1993 to 1995.
The FD is THE RX-7 that everyone thinks about when RX-7 is mentioned, and rightfully so.
The FD RX-7 is loved for many reasons, but most notably because of its twin-turbocharged Wankel rotary engine engineered by a dude named Felix Wankel.
For simplicity's sake, the rotary engine has two triangular rotors and an eccentric shaft, which is basically the cylinders and the crankshaft to a traditional piston-cylinder engine, respectively. The rotary engine has the same 4 cycles/stokes as a piston engine, intake, compression, combustion, and exhaust, but the mechanical design of it is entirely different. We can get into that for another blog post.
With the exception of the Citroen M35, a Corvette concept car, and a few other random cars, the rotary engine has almost exclusively been used in Mazda cars. Why? No one knows. It's different and rotary engine cars are pretty cool despite all the issues they are prone to have.
Common Issues With Rotary Engines
The rotary engine is notorious for being unreliable in the RX-7s for several reasons. Due to nature a rotary engine, it drinks oil faster than Dakota can down a Baha blast from Taco Bell. They also have issues with rotor apex seals failing due to uneven temperatures in the engine, and fuel economy is just not a thing. Each issue stems from the design of a rotary engine.
Despite this, the RX-7 has a long history of racing that's helped make the car become what it is; as well as its appearance in the Fast and Furious movies. I mean, the first race that the Mazda RX7 participated in was the 24 hours of Le Mans. Wow. This car also ran in the 24 Hours of Daytona, the Spa 24 Hours race, and even the World Rally Championship. Not bad for a car with an engine that needs special attention sometimes...
This first RX-7 is one that we've rated on our YouTube channel before. This minty fresh RX-7 is not only running a unique wheel setup but has a ton of supporting mods that give it a little extra something under the hood.
This RX-7 is, of course, lowered with JDM Tein coilovers and is equipped with upgraded turbo parts and a ton of interior and exterior details like underflow, scissor doors, and special laser-cut front bumper, rear bumper, and side skirts.
This is definitely different than your average RX-7, but it's super clean and is definitely seeing a crowd at car meets and shows. Check it out on the gallery!
This next RX-7 is a 1994 FD series sporting somewhat of a widebody kit with a meaty tire setup.
This FD is running a staggered setup with the 225/35 Hankook Ventus V12 Evo 2 in the front and some FAT 265/35s in the rear. It's pretty common to see FDs running staggered setups due to it being a RWD car.
The aesthetic of this RX-7 immediately catches your eye and is a great example of why so many people LOVE these cars. They're small coupes with smooth body lines and not one....but TWO turbos. They just look reallllly good.
Here's yet another great example of why enthusiasts are head over heels in love with these cars.
The big wang, the black and white aesthetic of the exterior, sticky Michelin Pilot Sport tires, Tein coilovers, upgraded turbos, and an electronic ECU all make this RX-7 a pretty fun car to rip around in.
You can basically hear the pops and bangs through the photos!
1986 Mazda RX-7 GXL
This 1986 FC RX-7 is sporting some retro vibes with what looks like a custom wrap or paint job.
This RX-7 is set up with a lot of custom pieces that give it a one-of-a-kind look. You're not going to see this generation RX-7 that looks this good very often so we had to include it!
The FC certainly doesn't get enough love as it is.
For our last RX-7 from the gallery, we have a full-blown race car proudly displaying the Mazda RX-7 racing heritage.
When I say a full-blow race car, I mean it. This RX-7 is running a half roll-cage, widebody kit, chassis mount aero, racing bucket seats, and many supporting power mods.
This RX-7 had to be on the list because it's not common to see these cars used in this manner anymore.
What's your favorite RX-7 in the gallery? What car should we choose next? Let us know what you think in the comments below.