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1979-1985 MAZDA RX-7 Series 1 specifications

1979-1985 MAZDA RX-7 Series 1 specifications Classic and Performance Car

This was Mazda’s attempt to make the world take the rotary engine seriously. In terms of over half-a-million sales of this first series RX-7, it worked. However, the seemingly unassailable problem of these engines’ poor economy means they’ll never go mainstream. The RX-7 makes the most of the engine’s light weight, with perfect 50/50 weight distribution. The early version is best left to enthusiasts; from 1981 it was a better car, with an extra 10bhp, rear disc brakes, a spoiler on the back and more comprehensive equipment.

Production

  • Production:
    471,018
  • Price at launch:
    £8,549
  • Price (excellent)
    £3,750
  • Price (good):
    £3,000
  • Price (average):
    £1,600
  • Price (project):
    £750

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    9.5secs
  • Top speed:
    115.0mph
  • Power:
    105.0bhp
  • Torque:
    106.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    22.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    twin-rotor
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring, MacPherson strut, transverse arms, trailing locating rods, anti-roll bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Rigid axle, lower trailing links, upper torque rods, Watt linkage, coil springs, anti-roll bar
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4320mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2420mm
  • Width:
    1670mm
  • Height:
    1260mm
  • Weight:
    980kgs

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