The Mazda RX-7 is a sports car that was assembled and produced by the Japanese automaker Mazda from 1978 to 2002. The first RX-7 featured a 1,146 cc (69.9 cu in) twin-rotor rotary engine and a front-midship, rear-wheel drive layout. The RX-7 replaced the Mazda RX-4, with both models sold in Japan as the Mazda Savanna.
The compact and lightweight rotary engine is situated slightly behind the front axle, a configuration marketed by Mazda as “front mid-engine”. It was offered as a two-seat coupé, with optional “occasional” rear seats in Japan, Australia, the United States and other parts of the world. The rear seats were initially marketed as a dealer-installed option for the North American markets.
The RX-7 made Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list five times. 811,634 RX-7s were produced.
The RX-7 has become notable through pop culture such as Battle Fever J, Ultraman 80, Space Sheriff Shaider, Kyojuu Tokusou Juspion, Choudenshi Bioman, Shakotan Boogie, Kamen Rider Black RX, Wangan Midnight, Super Rescue Solbrain, Initial D, Need for Speed, The Fast and the Furious series, Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo.