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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Coupe

The Mazda RX-2 was launched in 1970 and was sold between 1971 and 1974 in the US, when Mazda ceased production.

However, it lived on in other parts of the worlds.

The small car built by Mazda was sold under many names. It was also known as the 616 and 618 in the US, and the model featured a piston engine.

Assembled in New Zealand, it was the first passenger car that offered a rotary engine and the RX-2 was actually an option package for the Capella.

The RX-2 came with two body styles, a 2-door and a 4-door variant.

The 1971 version could be easily recognised by the indents in the front bumper for the blinkers, hood air vents, interior door cards, the antenna placed on the rear, the coupe badge on the rear trunk lid and shortened bumpers.

The RX-2 features air conditioning, power antenna and radio. In the front, the RX-2 had discs brakes and in the rear it was equipped with drums.

The model was a rear-wheel-drive with the power transmitted through a 4-speed manual gearbox for the coupe or a 3-speed automatic for the sedan.

The Mazda RX-2 was a tremendous success due to its high power combined with performance. The rotary engine produced 130 hp and 158 Nm. It was a 2.3-liter powerplant.

MAZDA RX-2 1970 - 1978
MAZDA RX-2 (1970 - 1978)
MAZDA RX-2 1970 - 1978
  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.3 Rotary

MAZDA RX-2 2.3 Rotary

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3 Rotary
Cylinders
R2
Displacement
2292 cm3
Power
96 KW @ 7000 RPM
130 HP @ 7000 RPM
129 BHP @ 7000 RPM
Torque
115 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
156 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
118 mph (190 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 4 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
DIMENSIONS
Length
163 in (4140 mm)
Width
62 in (1575 mm)
Height
55.5 in (1410 mm)
Wheelbase
97 in (2464 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2105 lbs (955 kg)
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