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Mazda RX-7 Twin Turbo Review - Is It Still Good After 25 Years?

Mazda RX-7 Twin Turbo Review - Is It Still Good After 25 Years?
I'm Jake I'm here ever go for a drive 1993

Mazda

Mazda

Mazda

rx-7

twin

turbo

is the

good

one this is the best

Mazda

rx-7 we don't have the spoiler no we don't but it's

still

a

twin

turbo

rx-7 in yellow yeah bright yellow you're welcome everybody who gets to see us drive on the road what does everybody love the RX

Mazda

s rotary engines so it's a spinning triangle this has a spinning Dorito as an engine so it makes it faster and more fuel-efficient yeah the complete opposite of that okay yeah so this is a very high spinning Dorito we have an 8500 rpm redline it's insane they tacked on two

turbo

s it's a 1.3 liter it's a tiny engine tiny it enables them to lower the center of gravity and that's the only reason we have the shape of this beautiful car is this technically a mid-engine front mid yes it is oh look at that somebody read the brochure from 1593 so this is a 2 rotor so it actually has two rotors spinning Doritos yeah that enable it to have

twin

turbo

s as well so they're fed through the intercooler through the front of the engine right out the back and it gets so damn hot in here these are actually known to melt catalytic converters that's how hot these things get and you know how else we know that because we also have this overheat exhaust system warning oh my god so the cat can actually get so hot that this light comes on because the sensors in the transmission tunnel near your legs actually Wow yeah it's insane a...
mazda rx 7 twin turbo review   is it still good after 25 years
rotary has no Pistons no Pistons no Pistons sitting trying to spinning dorito I just want to emphasize that

good

people are Karl you really confused yeah hopefully we have a diagram for you yeah hopefully we've got a link to another YouTube channel that explains it properly maybe engineering explained well somebody he brought it yeah horsepower and torque 255 horsepower and 217 pound feet of torque so like Focus ST yeah kind of do you know what this weighs I actually don't know what anything way its 2800 pounds do you know what modern car weighs that a Subaru BRZ oh yeah another thing about rotary engines because that's what makes this special they love to burn oil that's what actually lubricates the engine so it actually burns oil you can smell coolant in here you can smell it all in here it's such an immersive experience you feel like you're part of the car these cars seem like a lot of work oh yeah but also so much fun but they're so gorgeous this thing's timeless yeah it's absolutely timeless we show some how

good

it looks while going to cliche corner Yeah right I'll do a little cliche corner send and I might as well talk about the suspension because this handles so well better than most modern cars it is very balanced like when you're having fun with it it's so in control you know how much balance it has 5050 yeah that's why cuz when I was having a little bit of fun with it it seemed like you know they got it really...
mazda rx 7 twin turbo review   is it still good after 25 years
really right oh they did cuz you can definitely oversteer exactly when you want to this car is not the fastest but it's so fun to drive because you have to rev the piss out of this thing 8500 shift and into third and now I'm at the speed limit Jacob can you please talk about the

turbo

lag and where it is and if it is down low okay the

turbo

lag is approximately half of the entire rpm band but I think we found out to keep the

turbo

lag what's that the more

turbo

lag the more fun it is yeah

turbo

lag is fun but it's got to be like a

good

amount of

turbo

lag so this was actually the first production car with two

turbo

s but they were sequential so every other manufacturer they did

twin

turbo

s but they use the same size

turbo

s this one they use a smaller one and a bigger one to eliminate

turbo

lag and you actually do notice it on throttle tipping you can feel the smaller

turbo

spool up and then all of a sudden there's like this one little bump in the RPM BAM and then you just kind of take off a gret I really enjoy that like feeling through the pedal feeling the

turbo

s come in and off it's so cool you know my favorite part about the rx-7 is what's that the looks and like the looks of a regular is very very

good

but man when they make them into drift cars it looks like something out of 2018 wide-body with giant GT winging it looks so perfect yeah when I brought this car home my wife thought it was a brand new car really yeah yeah yeah no idea was 93...
mazda rx 7 twin turbo review   is it still good after 25 years
because the taillights looks so dope everything's so cool about it they're like smoked out nobody's got cool taillights like that they probably banned it right after their North America's like nah that's too cool for us and what kind of cool headlights do we have flip up boom we got a button for that so whenever you see another rx-7 or another flip up car you gotta give him the flip Lightwave I gave it to him the auto and they didn't get it uh you know why they don't have flip-up headlights on cars anymore was that pedestrian crash safety I kind of said you just tear them right apart that's why the NSX switched over to those sealed beam headlight really what about the Corvette yeah yeah they switched to bro cuz I got the the c-65 c5 c5 in to c6 URI yes what else makes a sports car the visor test I guess three two one no I was also very gentle because you know yeah yeah it's kind of elastic a car but what actually makes a sports car a Torsen limited slip differential which this has it's rear-wheel drive that's right in case anybody didn't already realize that there's no sport modes this is sport mode it's a 5-speed not a six-speed did they ever make six-speed r7s or no I don't think so and if you're wondering about other rx models there's an rx-8 that came after and then an uglier rx-7 before yes this is the FD that was the FC this is the F perfect everyone loves these nothing about this looks bad except for...
that it looks better with a spoiler I do agree but this is such a timeless look without it as well the first thing that I noticed when I got into this car that was so different from every other modern car the best steering the steering is hydraulic and you feel everything through the damn wheel and I love it okay I didn't really realize the differences of everything but I know that it feels very very

good

for those that don't understand the difference between modern-day steering and steering of this time it's actually heavy but it's authentic ly heavy it's not built into the steering it just is heavy there's no 17 different modes of steering like the Infiniti we did oh please don't remind me of that you know what I like about the steering what is the seating position oh my god can I talk about that for a second yeah yeah so when I got into this car I tried to adjust some things nothing moved so I had to make myself fit into the car not the car fit to me I had to fit the car so I had to go full gangster lean that's the only way I fit in this car and every time I turn my hand hits my knee so you're six foot one and a half and you don't really fit no I barely fit I'm five foot eight and a half and for me it's like a nice weird tight fit instead of like a proper driving position it feels like I'm kind of like flushing a little chair like this yeah yeah but it actually feels

good

see I wish I could have the serum you love that...
close I have to have it so far my arms fully extended on a race track this is not ideal for me yeah I actually enjoy this team position I just feel like I'm more part of the car I'd like to point out that the transmission the gear ratios are so far apart that you have to rev this thing out and then rev it out again just to stay in the power band you always want to be over 4,000 rpm it's so different to get used to I know you want to drive this and I know you love talking about infotainment yeah so what are you gonna say when you're driving what are you gonna talk about because there's no infotainment it's a radio oh I got a lot all over let me start all right let's start with the body oh yeah what shape is it uh that's back do you know what that means box is the rx-7 does not fit and sq pops his box you want to try Donny's box let's try Donny's lid right over this one you want your name on box check out patreon you know what I really like about this car what's that the wheels the wheels are actually designed for maximum cooling I love big fat tires on older cars you know they're actually ultra low-profile from 1993 yeah which is fine which is fine yeah I also really like the shape of the door it's super weird yeah around like that like doors don't do that and where's the door handle okay the door handles like a new crossover door handle it is and this is broken yeah these ones don't work very well and...
it's probably common of all rx Evans we also have a cool little scoop up in the front fender we've got a really smooth front end it looks so perfect there's no hard body lines it's just smooth and dare I say sexy car design yes it is like you know how old Ferraris looked sexy yeah this is like that this is like that and I want to reiterate how much I love the taillights I think there's nothing cooler than those no there is no modern car no older car they're the best talent they are you're ascended a bit yeah I'm going for with that perfect balance so

good

you can't powershift this you need to be careful that's right he's an older transmission so you got a weight from second to third yeah it's weird not used to it but whatever it's not like modern car transmissions you know what I do like about this older car what's up the gauges they are so analog so simple so perfect tachometer dead center just how I like it in the Porsches then we got our speedometer oil pressure fuel and our coolant gauge and the odometer is digital yeah that's pretty advanced for the time trivia time what movie was this car in fast and furious who was driving it Toretto what color was it I don't remember it red that's cool all right so I pass is this the seven second car he owes him no no no that was a super because he hides this yeah that's right pulls this into the garage it covers it with a tarp this is not a seven-second car this...
is here does 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds which is very respect on a real back then exactly this is so futuristic for the time okay let me down ship and RAM the hell out of it to get it to the right rpm how does it handle Yuri so direct no no it's got some body roll it has a little bit which is nice it's got body roll but it's balanced so you feel it full control this has 29 thousand kilometers on it so it does have some used bushings but that's pretty damn

good

it is older rubber and all that stuff so it does wear over time what this handles so well for the Aged we've got little storage compartments behind the seats which is kind of cool it's kind of cool to see it or not a four-seater ya know and my favorite part of the interior of the cockpit no no no roll your window up or down oh it's like a video game so the auto windows are different on the left and they are on the right the right is attached to the grab handle slash door handle and speaking of door handles we don't have regular door handles on the inside either it's like this weird flip up lock and then a pull back to open the door yeah it's super weird that's what people used to be able to do cool stuff we get away with it exactly just like this cockpit that is completely driver oriented but just like nowadays people try to be different by switching up the infotainment and making it all crazy and touchscreens back then they just made a cool like switch or something yeah...
but the whole thing is cool in this you mentioned to me there was something cool about the ashtray you wanted to talk about that's right so there's a little ashtray here slash coin holder and the whole thing is removable so if you want to take your coins with you not in your pocket there you go I think that's to dump your ashes yeah but if you want to take your coins with you and now put them in your pocket you can also have a gigantic thing in your pocket for no reason I'm pretty sure it's the dump your ashes Miami sent 240sx had that too yeah you could remove the whole thing and use that as a cup holder because it didn't have a cup holder either but dude what modern car would have something like this once you remove it just all these exposed plastic hinges and stuff nothing nothing has that anymore well the Ford f250 when you're removed underneath that tray then you got a secret compartment for the key but did you have weird hinges and stuff like that that are exposed no new cuts what I'm saying yeah but it's

still

cool yeah but that's what I'm saying you cars don't have that kind of stuff how are the seats eerie Oh super comfortable they remind me of my 240 it's all cloth yeah I love that you can get leather because there was actually an optional Touring package for this which also gets you a sunroof Oh a sunroof would be nice no wouldn't nagas they just get hot dead no just be the wrong thing for this car I don't...
get this with the Touring package ah that also gets you an upgraded stereo system and the stereo system takes up the entire trunk when you get it that was a $4,000 option back then with an upgraded stereo so by the way our stereo is actually broken that's right but it has a CD player and I guess that player this is my favorite stereo out of any car be driven because I don't have to hear him talk about how it works or infotainment apple carplay or anything like that it's just off I don't understand what rotary engines are making for sound but I like it it is such a unique sound it's like this weird thing that sounds like a spinning burrito but not really it just sounds like noise sounds like metal whistling yeah that's a

good

way to put it you actually get the whole experience of it because you get some of the

turbo

spool which sounds like a really loud whistle and then that classic rotary sound over the back now speaking of rotors again these are not known to be the most reliable cars in the world so if you do pick one up just be careful you will have to spend some money on maintenance be careful and make sure you're a mechanic yeah or just have a full bank account with the exact same money that you just spent on the car to buy it ok let's talk about the prices then what did this cost back in the day this cost 42,000 dollars Canadian brand new and what's the inflation to that sixty seven thousand dollars in current twenty eighteen dollars...
Canadian which is a lot of money and what do these go for nowadays if you can find a clean one like I'm talking stock like this one it's probably anywhere between thirty to fifty thousand dollars left-hand-drive

twin

turbo

so if it's right-hand-drive

twin

turbo

it's worth less here oh really yeah people don't want right-hand-drive

twin

turbo

no why would you because it's way more difficult to insure it's way more difficult to drive but JDM pro yeah so if you are shopping for one of these buy one this is the only time to get these before it hits the super depreciation curve which we're pretty much at the bottom of yeah I want to see more of these on the road if we were one of our loyal viewers and you have one of these modified not modified working on it send us pictures to our Facebook I want to see what it looks like let us know because this is already a classic it's a 25 year old car it is a classic so did you guys enjoy this used car

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American buddies that's right even though you're gonna watch this way later than today on Labor Day probably I'm Yuri I'm Jacob we're going for a drive prize subscribe right now subscribe we didn't even we didn't do that