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gave this info, from which i think a 1994 FD3S-3xxxx would be a series 6......
will keep googling;o)
Series 6 was the initial version and ran from early 1992 to late 1995. This version was exported throughout the world and thus had the highest sales.
Series 7 ran from early 1996 to late 1998. Changes were minor to this car, the main difference was an ECU giving greater boost and 10 hp extra. Australia was the only country outside Japan with this version.
Series 8 was the final version, and ran from January 1999 until the car was discontinued in August 2002 in Japan only. This version had many changes, such as 5% more efficient turbochargers. The intercooling and radiator setup was greatly improved thanks to the revised frontal area. The seats, steering wheel, rear and front lights were all changed. The rear wing was also changed and was now adjustable, and the top line "Type RS" was shipped standard with 17" wheels. Power was rated as 280 ps (276 hp, 208 kW) (with 330 Nm (243 ft.lbf) of torque) as per the maximum Japanese limit, however the real power was more likely 220–230 kW (290–308.4 hp). In stock trim, the Series 8 is capable of a 13.2 s 1/4 mile run. The top line "Type RS" version also featured Bilstein suspension as standard enabling even more precise handling than the previous version. Regular "journalist racing events" against rivals Nissan Skyline GT-R and Honda NSX would find the RX-7 outclassing its more expensive rivals time after time.
"Series 7 ran from early 1996 to late 1998. Changes were minor to this car, the main difference was an ECU giving greater boost and 10 hp extra. Australia was the only country outside Japan with this version."
hmm, yes and no.
to quote myself;
"There are three major production run changes for the FD -
got to admit i'm still unsure which series it will be called in oz
from what i remember of your car it may very well be it's sister. chassis # is FD3S-300253
if so would love to know all the facts you've ferreted out about this model
certainly it has some important mechanical improvements over the 92 models but not the cosmetic changes that were brought in a little later
they do seem to have been the cheapest of the FD's when new. what with the black paint, no rear wiper, rear plastic storage bins and without any spot lights or front lip
but that would have also made them the lighter even than the R1 and much lighter than the porky x models that went to oz. the slightly longer suspension was supposed to have softened the ride without compromising the cornering
will have to look for some skidpad numbers
i have extra wheels, spots and a front lip ready to go on. wonder if i should put on the sp wing and start looking for another nose???
can't to get it up here and in the garage, no rego and snow tyres at the moment so it will have to come up by truck some time next week
ok Dai, got it now after a reread as it's a FD3S-3xxx it will be called a series 7 in oz. agree that the japanese info is probably the most accurate. most others end up talking their own country models and dates which generally lag the japanese market. ie the HUGE range of factory options that are available in japan. seem to remember your has the rear wiper, would have needed it in niigata more than this tokyo? car
Did you check the white sticker in the drivers' side door area (next to the seat) - the exact model info should be there.
Your car is a bit of an enigma - it looks to be a version II type-r II bathurst, but it clearly has a version III plate. That doesn't match any of the data I have seen. I would take it to mazda and ask them to clarify that.
The bathurst models are were optioned-down base spec - cheapest of the lot (that's why it will be missing a few bits you might be used to). Weight is 1250kg (my 4-seater is 1260kg).
Mine is a version II type-r - which is the sports version (RZ being the upgrade sports model).
I doubt you are going to see a difference between the ecus - the 16bit came with the version IV - that's very obvious (the harness/socket is totally different).
The ecu is easy to spot - just pull down the carpet on the left hand side of the passenger footwell. Don't bother unclipping it though (that can't be a bitch to do - age kind of welds them in).
The only thing I can guess, is that the car was a version II leftover - came off the production line so late - it got a 3.. build plate. Just stabbing in the dark though - definitely take it to mazda - I'd be interested in the answer.
i took the chassis number to a mazda dealer today and he entered it into their computer which flashed up all the production details
looks like it's an 1994 RII Bathurst.
a limited edition of 350 cars made to celebrate the 3rd winning of the bathurst production car races in 1994.
of course from then on mazda released many "bathurst" editions. the "bathurst X" "RB bathurst" etc.
only suprise from the specs was that it seems to have been fitted with the LSD, (limited slip diff), which wasn't standard fitment on many versions
if so what is the Model number and the RUIBETSU number on your car doorjam sticker?
the model numbers look to be a numerical count of the various versions that mazda released. so far the lowest i've seen has been F122, for a 1993 RII then F123 for my 1994? RII bathurst and F132 for a version4 RB
the ruibetsu number at the top right also seems to climb, whatever that is, from 104 to 204 etc
Just to add another level of complexity - there's also two distinct chassis codes; e-fd3s, and gf-fd3s. The latter being version V and VI. There must be a fair level of distinction - as not all exhaust systems, for example, work on both platforms.
i've just dropped in to a different mazda dealer and gotten him to scan the 1st few pages of efinity? rx7 parts book AJFA04. that book covers cars FD3S-200001 to 300000
that's R2, R, S and X. in the limited versions it lists the RZ and なにわ version??? (according to my wife naniwa often means osaka...) no mention of the R2 bathurst, will try and get copies of the same pages from the AJFA05 book that covers FD3S-3000001 to 400000
it's got the best breakdown of the various mazda codes that i've seen and even lists options like more powerful wiper motors for cold weather areas
will take some time to nut out, will try and post scans tonight
i dropped in today to yet another mazda dealer, (3 down 1 to go), and begged for copies of the front pages of the AJFA05 parts book. this book covers FD3S-300001-400000. Thats 10! different FD models. R2, R2 Bathurst, R, RM, RS, RB, R Bathurst X, RZ, S and X. will scan and post the pages tonight so they are up with the version 2 and 5 pages