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Driving up the M5 sunday afternoon i saw a black one of these little beasties.Looked really nice,then it just pulled away and disapeared into the distance:eek: Now i was in the wife's little Fiat sporting, but we were doing some speed (My nan's almost 95) ;) This thing had masses of mid range power.Dose anyone know anything about these cars? is it the rotary engine and if so how dose the RX7 and RX8 compare?
 

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Driving up the M5 sunday afternoon i saw a black one of these little beasties.Looked really nice,then it just pulled away and disapeared into the distance:eek: Now i was in the wife's little Fiat sporting, but we were doing some speed (My nan's almost 95) ;) This thing had masses of mid range power.Dose anyone know anything about these cars? is it the rotary engine and if so how dose the RX7 and RX8 compare?

Crazy vehicles. probably a twin turbo 13B. Thing about them is if you get a TT RX7 and put $10000 AUD into it, you'll have almost a 10 sec q-mile car. Engine is a 13B REW - 1.3ltr 2 rotor Rotary with twin sequential turbos.
In Series 8 Type R and RS guise, the twin-turbo 13B REW cranks out 206kW at 6500 rpm and 314Nm at 5000 rpm. Check this out for full vehicle history.

The RX8 has the same engine but in N/A tune. runs at 177Kw but like 200Nm torque. gutless things have to be reved to be enjoyed. Mazda did turbocharge one tho but not sure how it went. the 13B REW TT can be tuned to produce up to and over 400-500Bhp and since the car weights just under 1300Kg in standard form, that makes for a quick package.
 

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Nice car becoming very common though and decent examples can be picked up for less than £10k

1.3 rotary engine with either 192 or 231BHP

Major issues are 20mpg and a litre of oil every 1K miles.

Still a nice car though - have suicide rear doors to aid entry to the back seats.

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The last RX7 was (is) a great drift machine. I loved its pretty outrageous looks. I think it has character too.

It was far rarer in the UK than the modern RX8 counterpart now is too. When I bought my Xedos 6 new in '94 they had just managed to get one at the local dealers. They were planning on a few hundred rather than thousands for the UK and, IIRC, it was around £34k which seemed a fortune at the time.
 
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Cool car but very maintenance intensive
esp with twin turbos and the rotary engine.

Good looker, typical Mazda cheap interior though. :rolleyes:
 
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Friend has one and did away with the twin turbo set up and went for a single turbo set up is should now be running 500ish bhp all for about 10k euro including a rebuild.

The RX7's are great cars but by god they drink fuel and oil. And the rebuilds are a pain but in England ye are sorted there is a good few of specialists out there for ye to chose from.

One thing though the handling can be a bit tricky but fun if you are quick enough even in their standard form they are a great car. Get onto the Jap auctions and you can pick of a lovely one for about 10k sterling cleared with low mileage and a rebuild:)
 

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The RX-8 shouldn't really be seen the same as the RX-7 as it is not meant to be a direct replacement for the 7 Mazda are meant to be bringing another one out again allegadly.
 

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To be honest, they're not that expensive to run... I've had 30mpg on the motorway, although 25mpg is more normal. Idling and stop / start traffic do push the consumption up dramatically though.

They use a bit of oil, but no more than a twin spark; I go through about half a litre every 1000 miles, and its cheap mineral rather than synthetic.

Parts aren't that expensive (I just paid £200 for grooved disks and Fast Road pads all round from a sepecialist), and like Alfas, it pays to find a good specialist and stick to them. And there's no cambelt....

Handling is great in the dry, but you have to be careful if the second turbo kicks in mid corner in the wet...

I got mine because it's beautiful, lovely to drive, and fairly rare. And as Darling sticks the road tax up, I can stick my fingers up at him because he thinks it's a 1.3 :)
 

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Was sooo close to getting one of these a couple of months back but went for the GTV instead. Was quoted at £1100 for the insurance against the £600 for the GTV!:wow: Also, the engines tend to die all too frequently. Best to go for one with a recent engine rebuild rather than one with low mileage and also see if you can get it compression tested prior to handing over any cash.
 

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Was sooo close to getting one of these a couple of months back but went for the GTV instead. Was quoted at £1100 for the insurance against the £600 for the GTV!:wow: Also, the engines tend to die all too frequently. Best to go for one with a recent engine rebuild rather than one with low mileage and also see if you can get it compression tested prior to handing over any cash.
... or pay a few grand for one without a rebuild, keep the spare change in the bank, and if the engine goes you can have it rebuilt to your own spec to get lots more power out :)
 
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