The convertible assembly was precisely engineered and manufactured, and dropped into the ready body assembly as a complete unit—a first in convertible production. The car produced hp and Nm of torque, much higher than the standard model. Now that the car is 25 years old and import restrictions are relaxed, clean right-hand drive examples are starting to show up from the Japanese market to buttress the relatively modest number of FDs that were sold here.
The car continued winning, claiming the GTU championship seven years in a row and took the GTO championship ten years in a row from The Turbo II also has an air-to-air intercooler which has a dedicated intake on the hood.
Other features specific to the 10th anniversary RX-7 include the all black leather interior, which included not just the seats, but the door panel inserts as well and a leather-wrapped 10th anniversary edition MOMO steering wheel and MOMO leather shift knob.
In the Japanese market, only the turbocharged engine was available; the naturally-aspirated version was only available for export models. These numbers were enough to launch the RX-7 to 60 mph from a standing start in just five seconds, thanks in large part to its pleasingly-low pounds of curb weight.
It also featured larger brake rotors than the GSL and upgraded suspension with stiffer springs and shocks. Mazda upgraded the rear end suspension design by fitting an Independent Rear Suspension setup. Keep an eye out for painted center consoles and dashboards—they were black from the factory, as were the door handles, carpets, and headliner.
Another benefit of the RX-7 was that the rotary engine had financial advantages in Japan as the displacement was below 1.
Steering was also made more precise with the use of rack and pinion steering that replaced the old recirculating ball steering of the first gen.