According to Regular Car Reviews, if you replace the rotary engine with a Chevy small block in your RX-7 just to make it work all the time, you might as well just keep banging those cheerleaders. It is bro culture distilled into vehicular form.

The third-generation RX-7 is a quintessentially ‘90s machine. It’s a light and nimble sports car powered by the craziest mass-produced engine imaginable, a 1.3 liter twin-turbo rotary that’s still good for about 300 horsepower once you removed the emission nonsense and gave it some fresh air.

It’s true that it doesn’t have any torque. You’ll need to shift above 5,000rpm all the time. The RX-7 will also need the best oil, and lots of it. But in exchange for all the care and love, it will give you a driving experience no crate V8 can ever match.

It’s special, and despite all the fun modern Mazdas can provide, the company can never make a car quite like this again.

I was four when this hit the streets. All I’m saying that the FD is a classic now, so please treat it as such.

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