7) How much does it cost?
The additional costs of an FD are not just high compared to all cars, but even to most sports cars in the same price class. Be sure to consider the price of the car, additional insurance, maintenance, gas, reliability modifications. As of August 2004, stock FDs in good running condition sell for $11-18k US. Even with a stock setup, the annual maintenance can easily exceed $1k/year, and modifications add much more. Owners should ideally have extra money available in case of a major repair. Even with these costs, the sheer performance of the FD makes a great value, which is why they are still used by many for autocross or track racing.
8) Which versions of the FD have turbos?
All FDs left the factory with twin turbos. These run at 10psi in sequential mode and can be felt from 2k all the way to redline, especially from 4500 up, when both turbos are operating. Any single turbo installations you see are aftermarket.
9) What is an R1? What is a touring?
Different option packages. The R1 was the sport version in 1993, and the R2 was the equivalent sport version from 94-95. R1/R2s have different suspension, synthetic suede seat covers, an extra oil cooler, front lip and rear spoiler, were not available with automatic transmissions, and more. The Touring (similar to the PEP and PEG) has conveniences like Bose stereo, foglights, leather seats, moonroof or sunroof. The Base model could have some of these options added. It is possible to mix/match these optional components yourself, so when shopping it can be tricky to identify the option package. The option package is not in the VIN code, however you may use the VIN code to request the build sheet from Mazda which contains details of the original factory configuration. See the links for detailed info.
10) Should I get a 94 or 95 since I heard they are better than 93s?
The 94s and 95s have some improvements that were not in the 93s, however today the differences are not signficant compared to maintenance history, repairs, and condition. There are 3 recalls on some of the 1993 models, contact your dealer to find if your 1993 car has had them performed. If not, get them done immediately – Mazda will perform them for free. Generally, the differences are minor and are overshadowed by issues of condition, maintenance, mileage, and aging. If you insist on having a later year, expect to pay more and search harder.
11) How many FDs were made?
Here are the numbers of RX-7s sold in the United States through 1995.
Model 1992 1993 1994 1995
Base . 763 1245 392 153
R-model 1107 1015 275 182
Touring 2991 2734 1010 648
P.E.G. 0 53 533 416
· P.E.G. = "Popular Equipment Group" (Formerly called "PEP")
· The 1992 vehicles are considered to be part of the 1993 US model year sales.
US importation declined quickly after the 1993 year due to reduced demand blamed largely on the cost and reliability issues. In 1996, the new OBD-II emissions requirements and lagging US sales effectively ended its importation, although non-US markets saw the 3rd Gen up to 2002.
Some information about non-US production is here
For information about other generations and versions offered in non-US markets, this wikipedia article
, this website
and this website
, and this thread
, this thread
, and this thread
offer good information.
12) Can I import an FD into the US from overseas?
Not legally, that any of us are aware, but it depends on the state and the intended use of the vehicle. Some owners have managed to import a 92-95 model and get the cars registered and insured fraudulently, but considering there is essentially no difference it is generally not worthwhile. In other words, it requires lying on federal documents. It would be extremely expensive to legally import a later version of this car for many reasons, much more than the cost of the cars themselves. If you see a LHD FD with 96+ trim on US roads, it’s probably a 93-95 with imported parts added later.
For more information, read this thread: https://www.rx7club.com/forum/showthread.php?t=719206
another thread, updated to 10/09: https://www.rx7club.com/3rd-generation-specific-1993-2002-16/imported-fd-legal-post-up-if-you-got-one-870611/
US DOT/NHTSA Importation Regulations: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import/
US Customs Importation Regulations: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/cl...utomobiles.xml
US EPA Emissions Regulations: http://www.epa.gov/OMS/imports/quiktext.htm
13) What does RX-7 stand for?
According to Moray Callum of Mazda, RX officially stands for Rotary Sports, and always has.
14) What does FD stand for?
FD is a nickname for the 3rd generation RX-7. It comes from the chassis code FD3S, also included in the VIN. Likewise, the first generation RX-7 is commonly called the FB, and the second generation goes as FC3S (FC). FD is also the 4th and 5th characters of the VIN. (JM1FD…)
Performance and Modifications:
15) How fast is a stock FD?
Magazine reviewers published 0-60 times from 4.9s to 5.4s. Published quarter mile times vary from 13.8 to 14.1s at about 100mph. For automatic transmission-equipped models, the times are a few tenths slower in both tests. Mazda did not officially publish these numbers.
16) What is the stock horsepower? What does it weigh?
255HP, 217ft-lb at the flywheel. This is about 220Hp at the rear wheels (DynoJet dyno). Modified cars are always quoted in rear wheel horsepower, and remember that this rating differs depending on the dyno used.
The FD weights are as follows:
Base, 5-speed 2,789 lb
Base, Auto 2,857 lb
R1/R2, 5-speed 2,800 lb
Touring/PEP, 5-speed 2,862 lb
Touring/PEP, Auto 2,923 lb
For more detailed performance specifications, see here