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Covering Sports cars & Supercars

The Design of Speed

1999 Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A

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Our next Turn of the Century car may be a bit of a heartbreaker for some. By 1999, Mazda's unique rotary-engine sportscar was on it's 3rd and final generation, and it was the most complex, most powerful RX-7 ever. It was also the most expensive. The 1.3 liter twin rotor engine featured a Hitachi-made, sequential twin-turbo induction system, putting out 255 to 280 horsepower, depending on state of tune. Mazda released a number of limited edition models; we're looking at the most desirable of all, the Spirit R in Type A form. This version comes with the higher output motor, Bilstein suspension, cross-drilled brake rotors, special BBS wheels and Recaro front seats. The beautifully muscular shape of the 3rd generation RX was designed by Yoichi Sato.

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The 3rd gen RX-7 won a ton of awards, and was considered one of the finest handling sportscars available in its day. Despite the accolades, the car was no longer offered in the U.S. after 1995. Hence, the heartbreak.

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