autoevolution
compare with...
Pick brand
  • AC
  • ACURA
  • ALFA ROMEO
  • ALPINE
  • ARIEL
  • ARO
  • ARTEGA
  • ASTON MARTIN
  • AUDI
  • AURUS
  • BENTLEY
  • BMW
  • BRISTOL
  • BUFORI
  • BUGATTI
  • BUICK
  • CADILLAC
  • CATERHAM
  • CHEVROLET
  • CHRYSLER
  • CITROEN
  • CUPRA
  • DACIA
  • DAEWOO
  • DAIHATSU
  • DATSUN
  • DeLorean
  • DODGE
  • DONKERVOORT
  • DR MOTOR
  • DS AUTOMOBILES
  • EAGLE
  • FERRARI
  • FIAT
  • FISKER
  • FORD
  • FSO
  • GEELY
  • GENESIS
  • GMC
  • GTA Motor
  • HINDUSTAN
  • HOLDEN
  • HONDA
  • HUMMER
  • HYUNDAI
  • INFINITI
  • ISUZU
  • JAGUAR
  • JEEP
  • Karma
  • KIA
  • KOENIGSEGG
  • KTM
  • LADA
  • LAMBORGHINI
  • LANCIA
  • LAND ROVER
  • LEXUS
  • LINCOLN
  • LOTUS
  • Lucid Motors
  • Mahindra
  • MARUSSIA
  • MARUTI SUZUKI
  • MASERATI
  • MAYBACH
  • MAZDA
  • MCLAREN
  • MERCEDES BENZ
  • Mercedes-AMG
  • MERCURY
  • MG
  • MINI
  • MITSUBISHI
  • MORGAN
  • NIO
  • NISSAN
  • OLDSMOBILE
  • OPEL
  • PAGANI
  • PANOZ
  • PERODUA
  • PEUGEOT
  • Pininfarina
  • PLYMOUTH
  • Polestar
  • PONTIAC
  • PORSCHE
  • PROTON
  • QOROS
  • RAM Trucks
  • RENAULT
  • RIMAC
  • RIVIAN
  • ROLLS-ROYCE
  • SAAB
  • SALEEN
  • SAMSUNG
  • SANTANA
  • SATURN
  • SCION
  • SEAT
  • SKODA
  • SMART
  • SPYKER
  • SSANGYONG
  • SUBARU
  • SUZUKI
  • TATA MOTORS
  • TESLA
  • TOYOTA
  • TVR
  • VAUXHALL
  • VinFast
  • VOLKSWAGEN
  • VOLVO
  • WIESMANN
  • ZENDER
  • Zenvo
Car video reviews:

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

Mazda opened a new chapter in its history when it introduced the first generation of the RX-7 in 1978.

While it was not the first car fitted with a Wankel rotary engine, it was the first car Mazda produced to stir the international sports car market. It was unusual in every way, and the carmaker sold it in high numbers.

Matsaburo Maeda designed the car as a lightweight sport-coupe. He placed the engine behind the front axle, and thus it helped with the weight distribution. Since the engineers pushed the engine back, the front was very narrow and, thanks to its pop-up headlights, very aerodynamic as well. The raked windshield and the short roof were followed by a long and sloped rear window, which was also the trunk lid.

Inside, the carmaker managed to offer four seats, but those in the rear were too small actually to allow someone bigger than a puddle to sit there. At the front, the dashboard was rounded, with circular vents on the outer side and rectangular in the middle. The instrument panel featured a tachometer marked up to 8,000 rpm, with a red-line starting at 7,000 rpm. That was motorcycle territory!

Under the hood, Mazda installed small, 1.2-liter, and 1.5-liter engines with a twin-rotor design. Depending on the engine version, the RX-7 featured a 4- or 5-speed manual. A 3- or 4-speed automatic was offered as an option for the U.S. market.

MAZDA RX-7 (SA/FB) 1978 - 1985 8 Photos
MAZDA RX-7 (SA/FB) (1978 - 1985)MAZDA RX-7 (SA/FB) (1978 - 1985)MAZDA RX-7 (SA/FB) (1978 - 1985)MAZDA RX-7 (SA/FB) (1978 - 1985)MAZDA RX-7 (SA/FB) (1978 - 1985)MAZDA RX-7 (SA/FB) (1978 - 1985)MAZDA RX-7 (SA/FB) (1978 - 1985)MAZDA RX-7 (SA/FB) (1978 - 1985)
MAZDA RX-7 (SA/FB) 1978 - 1985
  2 gasoline engines
  • 2.3 Rotary (FB)
  • 2.3 Rotary (SA)

MAZDA RX-7 (SA/FB) 2.3 Rotary (FB)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3 Rotary (FB)
Cylinders
R2
Displacement
2292 cm3
Power
85 KW @ 7000 RPM
115 HP @ 7000 RPM
114 BHP @ 7000 RPM
Torque
112 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
152 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
120 mph (193 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
DIMENSIONS
Length
169 in (4293 mm)
Width
65.9 in (1674 mm)
Height
50 in (1270 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.9/55.1 in (1,420/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
95.3 in (2421 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2194 lbs (995 kg)

MAZDA RX-7 (SA/FB) 2.3 Rotary (SA)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3 Rotary (SA)
Cylinders
R2
Displacement
2292 cm3
Power
77 KW @ 6000 RPM
105 HP @ 6000 RPM
103 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
106 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
144 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
DIMENSIONS
Length
168.7 in (4285 mm)
Width
65.9 in (1674 mm)
Height
50 in (1270 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.9/55.1 in (1,420/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
95.3 in (2421 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.36
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2259 lbs (1025 kg)
  report a mistake on this page