1993 Mazda RX7 Type RB 1.3 from UK and Ireland
Sublime. One of THE greats
Turbo exhaust gasket is blowing.
External waste gate stuck shut.
Fuel map is obscenely rich on full boost, due to sticking waste gate when last mapped.
GT35R single turbo conversion, with associated reliability mods (fuel pump, cooling, ignition, etc.). Needs bigger injectors to get the best out of it, and the previous mapping session was blighted by a sticking waste gate, so it's currently putting out a safe 350bhp at 0.7 bar. Injectors and a remap should see 450bhp+; more if I up the boost a bit.
Coming from a Toyota MR2 Turbo and a Mitsubishi Legnum VR4, both around the 300bhp mark and neither of them slow cars, it is mind-boggling how quick the RX7 is. It revs very freely, and the speed just keeps adding on, regardless of which gear you're in. I'm guessing 0-60mph is done in just about 4 seconds dead, maybe a bit over.
Cornering is a revelation. It feels like there's no car there, just me and a steering wheel. Surreal at first, but it very quickly becomes clear how awesome a package this car is.
Fuel consumption can be OK, can be dire. Managed 27 mpg (UK) on a motorway run, but it's in the low teens running about town, and single figures when having a play.
Cabin is a tad cosy, but not uncomfortable.
All in all, the most awesome, insane car I think I'll ever own. I love it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th April, 2012