1970-1978, 225004 produced.
Saloon,2 doors,4 seats
Coupe,4 doors,4 seats
Coupe,2 doors,4 seats
Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
Japanese manufacturer Mazda had been successfully building cars powered by rotary Wankel engines since the 110S Coupe of 1967. In 1970 it introduced two new, larger models, the 616 and RX2. Both cars shared the same range of bodies, with a choice of two or four door saloon or an attractive two door coupe body.
Although the 616 Wankel engines ranged from 1490cc to 1769cc the more powerful RX2 version came with a 2292cc engine capable of producing 130bhp and a top speed of 115mph.
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Worm||Independent/Coil Springs||Beam axle/Coil Springs|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|111 mph||10.3 s||18 mpg||120 bhp 7000|
Classics June 2002 pg 94
|Publication||Classics June 2002|
|Mazda RX7 Series 1. The rotary-engined RX7 is attractive to look at and fun to drive but is it a difficult car to maintain? Kim Henson investigates.|
Classics May 2001 pg 44
|Publication||Classics May 2001|
|Red, hot coupes. Three sports coupes that on the surface look very similar, but are very different under the surface. Matt White drives the Matra Murena, the Mazda RX7 and the Porsche 924 to spot the differences.|