The FD RX-7 is everything you want in a sports car, including failure | Cammisa Revelations | Ep. 17

  • Am Vor 8 Monate

    HagertyHagerty

    The 3rd-gen Mazda RX-7 has it all: beauty, performance, a Le Mans tie-in, and a sales failure. Like so many other legends, it's everything we want in a sports car. Which made it a hard sell in its time.

    The FD RX-7 was developed at the same time, by the same man, as the 4-rotor 787B that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

    It was a lightweight, fast, focused sports car that walloped its competition on the road and on track, thanks to a sequential twin-turbocharged rotary engine and a obsessive lightweighting.

    But it might have gone too far. The 13B-REW engine is fragile and finicky, and the chassis was one last-second reinforcement away from being too light to be structurally sound.

    Then again, what sports car doesn't suffer from a few problems? At least the RX-7 had incredible performance and looks to kill. It was designed to be a classic, with forms that would make it one day appear on the lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Given how well it's aging, there's little doubt the most beautiful sports car to come out of Japan in decades will one day appear on the lawn.

    Which is also a shame, because where this RX-7 really shines is on the road.

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vtec kickedin
vtec kickedin

Timeless design. Could release it today minus the pop ups and a few design refreshments and no one would question it

Vor 8 Monate
Ashley Richard Moldskred
Ashley Richard Moldskred

87% of people question the porshe design that never change over the years .

Vor 28 Tage
Curi0u50ne
Curi0u50ne

Moss 90s cars from Nippon

Vor Monat
sovannv
sovannv

I would buy one now new

Vor Monat
rotormeeeeeeee
rotormeeeeeeee

The RX7 is almost 30 years old and still looks beautiful today. It will always be a classic.

Vor 6 Monate
Dougie Quick
Dougie Quick

40+ but who's counting

Vor Monat
Nick T.
Nick T.

Most 30 year old cars look much nicer than today’s designs. But I agree it’s a gorgeous design.

Vor Monat
Aaron
Aaron

Man, this takes me back. I owned, daily drove, and repaired a 1st and 3rd gen Rx7s. Rebuilt the 13b engine a few times, built a single turbo setup, mapped a haltech ecu, etc.

Vor 5 Monate
touristguy87
touristguy87

...man if I had a dollar for every time I rebuilt a 13b engine.

Vor 5 Tage
Ranjit Singh
Ranjit Singh

I can make a ball out of paper and throw it on the floor…take that Mr I rebuild car engines

Vor Monat
Roger Fox
Roger Fox

@Skid falcoon IIRC fb 1981

Vor Monat
Skid falcoon
Skid falcoon

@Roger Fox the SC22a or fb?

Vor Monat
Roger Fox
Roger Fox

Owned an 1981 ist gen

Vor Monat
LoveMyZJ
LoveMyZJ

These episodes are must-watch automotive content for any enthusiast. I love the integration of the period-correct video footage from the manufacturer, advertising and of course, Motorweek. Easily one of the best-looking cars ever made.

Vor 7 Monate
アマ
アマ

Without the driving bits it would only be informative though, now IDK about you but I don't want to learn that much about a 30k+ car that has a list of issues longer than my CV unless I also get to see it drive.

Vor 5 Monate
Machine Spirit Miami
Machine Spirit Miami

IMO one of the most beautiful sports car to ever come out of Japan. Its just timelessly beautiful and perfectly proportioned. It hurt a little anytime i would see one that had distasteful mods n bodykits back in the day

Vor 7 Monate
Harman Khinda
Harman Khinda

Everytime one of these comes out now I am just elated in anticipation of how good its gonna be. Please keep em comming Jason and Hagerty.

Vor 8 Monate
Yellow S2000
Yellow S2000

" The Cosmo was the only Mazda available SOLELY with a rotary, until it'd spiritual successor the RX-7." The RX-2, RX-3 and RX-4 (one of which I owned) would like to disagree.

Vor Monat
Harman Khinda
Harman Khinda

@John Nemesh there's plenty of applications ICE will stay relative from enthusiasts wanting a visceral expierence to cold weather long distance applications. I do believe though eventually everything will be electric but we gotta while till then

Vor 6 Monate
bikephil
bikephil

@John Nemesh ok dork. I'll never give up my v8 Chevys.

Vor 6 Monate
John Nemesh
John Nemesh

Obsolete. I don't care HOW "advanced" you think it is...if it burns gas or diesel, it's old tech.

Vor 6 Monate
bikephil
bikephil

Nah, he is way too annoying.

Vor 7 Monate
xXYannuschXx
xXYannuschXx

The technology behind high performance cars has trickled down so much, that even hot hatches can toast 10-20 year old super cars nowadays, while also being affordable and reliable. But sadly cars like the RX7, NSX or other similar sports cars have practically disappeared from the market; I had always hoped we would see a "poor mans" NSX or RX7 in the future. I know we should be glad, that we still got the GR86, Nissan Z and Yaris GR, but knowing what could have been is still sad.

Vor 6 Monate
claudio marangone
claudio marangone

Never ceases to amaze me how beautiful this car looks in person compared to how it shows in pics or on the screen. It’s proportions, lines, size… Over time it will be more appreciated for what it is. Kudos for Mazda’s mindset and making it happen.

Vor 6 Monate
Eric Min
Eric Min

Blows my mind how content like this comes free. Keep it up Jason and Hagerty.

Vor 7 Monate
Valentin
Valentin

@EG LyricalTV and i pay for youtube :(:

Vor 26 Tage
EG LyricalTV
EG LyricalTV

umm youtube pays

Vor 26 Tage
Dirty Dovi
Dirty Dovi

Growing up, I had a few friends with 1st/2nd gen RX7s, and when most of the motors popped, the guys would do V8 swaps into them.. NOT the case for my buddy J's 3rd gen RX7. That can was an Absolute Beast! We did everything we could to add/free-up the ponies, and when we maxed out on all of that, We took a trip to visit Dave & Kim at KD-Rotary in PA. They're RX7 Mad Scientists for sure! DYNO tuning is what we went for.. What we got was So Much More.. An 'emergency drop off' was called in, and all appointments slowed down.. We got to see one of the US's most popular "Import Tuner" - as it came on on a flatbed.. All I remember is that it was a black RX8 3rd gen, Insane HP and Insane stereo system to boot. With time ticking, Dave and Kim ordered a party-pack, and we all got to hang out and enjoy.. Pizza & wings have never been so much fun.. Our little party also consisted of a full-tour, [I remember a handful of NISMO Nissan tuner cars there also - Dropped off to be dyno-tuned] we got to see all of the RX7s in different states of build, repair, tuning, etc. There where prototype builds, and Three-Rotor Setups!

Vor 5 Monate
Brendan McAleer
Brendan McAleer

It's worth noting that Kobayakawa was one of the "47 Ronin" who figured out how to get that first Cosmo's 10A to work. Also, the powertrain engineer on the FD became program head for the ND MX-5, which is why it's so good. And last, if you get your NA Miata restored through Mazda's factory resto program, some of the techs are ex-pit crew from the 787B Le Mans effort. Such a cool, tight-knit company.

Vor 8 Monate
G1 Sunstreaker
G1 Sunstreaker

Very much so! That's some amazing trivia. I love my '14 6i GT deeply; just wish they'd kept made 6cyl versions.

Vor Monat
ricky v
ricky v

@Brendan McAleer WoW 🤩! Talk about being deep in the business. Congratulations 🎈🎊🍾🎉

Vor 8 Monate
Brendan McAleer
Brendan McAleer

@ricky v I've talked to all these guys over the years.

Vor 8 Monate
ricky v
ricky v

Wow! This is some good information about the company. Where was this learned?

Vor 8 Monate
cesar
cesar

Imagine getting your car worked on by ex pit crew guys who worked on the 787? Thats like getting medicine for a cold from God himself

Vor 8 Monate
Rob Harrison
Rob Harrison

The look of the car is one of sheer beauty. I think the Spirit R is the most beautiful car ever made.

Vor 7 Monate
Gerald Williams
Gerald Williams

Thanks. I owned seven Mazda rotary cars including all three generations of RX-7. Raced a few modified ones too. Wish I still had my FD today. One FD just sold At Barrett-Jackson Auction for over $50,000 USD. I still have my 2008 40th Anniversary Edition RX8, modified and going strong. But I do miss my red 1993 FD. It felt like I was wearing it , so fun to drive and blow away other sports cars of the time. Cheers

Vor 5 Monate
Steve McCloskey
Steve McCloskey

I remember back in the late 90s one of the US magazines for Japanese cars had a long term FD project. The article about replacing all of the vacuum lines fascinated me. And made me realize buying one to daily would have been a horrible decision. So I bought something slightly more reliable - a talon tsi. Yep. I blew up that motor. Lol

Vor Monat
Nick O
Nick O

My buddy got a 95 TSi (fwd) when he turned 16. Man, looking back that car was a rocket ship to us at that young age. Had lots of fun in that car.

Vor Monat
Not_Brundle
Not_Brundle

I M-I-S-S the last iteration of Mazda's RX-7 SOOO much, such a beautiful piece of automotive engineering just disappeared. It's initial Model was a firecracker too! The Porsche clone disappointed me in terms of aesthetics though. The 3rd gen RX-7 is a legendary collectors model today.

Vor 7 Monate
Fullboost
Fullboost

Love the video guys, lve been in so many of these cars they are timeless. 👍

Vor 8 Monate
1Hellcatt
1Hellcatt

@scareyaf 👌

Vor 8 Monate
scareyaf
scareyaf

@1Hellcatt Aha its ya boi, fullboost.

Vor 8 Monate
1Hellcatt
1Hellcatt

Aye look who it is 👍

Vor 8 Monate
Forrest Jenkins
Forrest Jenkins

One of the prettiest modern cars made. I loved it from day one.

Vor 8 Monate
Black_n54
Black_n54

One of the best car series on YouTube. Keep them coming Jason!

Vor 7 Monate
Deetroiter
Deetroiter

30 years old and still looks amazing. Still one of the best looking cars ever made.

Vor 7 Monate
Dagaz FPV
Dagaz FPV

i remember being 17 ish when i first saw a FD, i was blown away at how unique it looked. They are an amazingly beautiful car. I'm hoping to see you do a Z32 video in the near future. Cheers!

Vor Monat
Joe’s Junk Garage
Joe’s Junk Garage

One of the most beautiful automobiles produced! I’ve always appreciated what Mazda brought to the table. I wish they would start producing more affordable, performance platforms for the U.S. market.

Vor Monat
r l
r l

Mazda still does, goto a track day and you’ll see ND Miata’s ripping around the track

Vor 24 Tage
18WinsAgain
18WinsAgain

I love to hear that engine breathing in fuel and air in order to exhaust all horsepower possible. Sounds like turbo heaven

Vor 5 Monate
Joseph Stokes
Joseph Stokes

Congratulations for presenting this video so well. My son and I have had several RX-7's and enjoyed them a great deal and delighted in their being so unique and performing so well. Best of luck!

Vor 5 Monate
Alex Dimen
Alex Dimen

Awesome video with some new info for this rotary fan and mechanic. Makes me want to go out and drive my FD. Mostly accurate with one common misconception that stands out: you can absolutely use synthetic oil in a rotary.

Vor 5 Monate
Dudley Fuddpucker
Dudley Fuddpucker

This was my favorite Mazda and I seriously looked into buying one, but alas, two friends who had purchased this generation confirmed what Jason was saying: it was a basket of non-stop issues, spending more time in the shop than on the road. Never did make the leap because of that...

Vor 24 Tage
Horst Tristan von Wittenbach
Horst Tristan von Wittenbach

This RX-7 generation just looks damn modern and desirable even 25 years later, it's bonkers... 🤤👍🏻

Vor 8 Monate
Enigmalex
Enigmalex

@Horst Tristan von Wittenbach Tigra is my first car and I have it for 7 years. It has almost 260 000km and it's still going strong. You can find it used for around 1000 euros in my country :)

Vor Monat
Horst Tristan von Wittenbach
Horst Tristan von Wittenbach

@Enigmalex Man, I agree. It looked damn nice in' 94 and not too bad in '22... 😁👍🏻 I remember begging my mum to get one back then, but it was too impractical... 😢

Vor Monat
Enigmalex
Enigmalex

Just like my Tigra A 😂

Vor Monat
Miss MoneyPenny
Miss MoneyPenny

I had three rx7. Loved em.

Vor Monat
David Macdonald
David Macdonald

@lucas rem Nope, again the MX-5 was inspired by the British roadsters of the post-war period, particularly the Lotus Elan. Nothing to do with Italy.

Vor Monat
ImmortalInflames
ImmortalInflames

I really love these videos, celebrating all manner of cars.. pointing at their flaws softly sure, but really just appreciating them! I'm certainly no fan of Mazda & though I do respect the rotary, It's not an engine I'd ever daily use.. but this didn't take away from the real enjoyment this video game me!

Vor 5 Monate
EJ
EJ

Jason you are absolutely the perfect person to host these videos. So informative and funny at the same time with so much ease

Vor 7 Monate
Winston Lee
Winston Lee

Love these Camissa Revelations...happened to come across one when looking for GR86 info and now hooked!

Vor Monat
Phil Harnett
Phil Harnett

I'm a huge fan of the whole Mazda rotary series of vehicles. I drove my friend's R100 a number of times. This tiny car with that engine.... scary as hell, but totally fun and worth the fear.

Vor 3 Monate
guyforlogos
guyforlogos

The sound that car makes on the ending drive is just pure symphonic melody.

Vor 8 Monate
koopatroopa187
koopatroopa187

@Alan Mac Yeah. It definitely did not have its wastegate recirculated back into the exhaust.

Vor 19 Tage
Alan Mac
Alan Mac

Sounded like it's fitted with a screamer pipe

Vor Monat
Taylor C
Taylor C

It doesn't sound great with the turbo jankiness. It would have been amazing with a 4 rotor.

Vor 7 Monate
OriginalFake
OriginalFake

@Carl he said annoying not loud.

Vor 8 Monate
Carl
Carl

@enks . ngl loud engines sound annoying to me. Like it sounds good but wouldn't you get annoyed of it a bit later on?

Vor 8 Monate
Salman Ranjha
Salman Ranjha

This is the second video I am watching from Hagerty and am already in love with the content and especially the presentation!! Appreciate this channel

Vor 20 Tage
turboheadcrab666
turboheadcrab666

This is my first time watching this channel, and this host feels so real and relatable. I appreciate you guys making this video!

Vor 6 Monate
Tutto Macario
Tutto Macario

I tip my hat to you Cammisa for THE BEST video summary on this sports car I’ve ever seen. As a previous owner, I was fortunate enough to experience that drive (and the related headaches 😖). I truly enjoyed every minute of it. Just listening to the “pops and crackles” of that engine at the end of your video brought those goosebumps back. Isn’t that what a true sports car should do? I thank you for reminding me of that!

Vor 7 Monate
Peter Andrews
Peter Andrews

They sold well here in Australia. I remember the 1st time I drove the FD, balance, stability and handles. It was the only car I ever raced at hillclimbs where I didn't have to LEARN the car. It did everything the right way. Unlike the mid engine MGTF I race now, when it is not at the repairers. If you want to experience snap oversteer, try the mid engine MGF/TF.

Vor 5 Monate
capnthepeafarmer
capnthepeafarmer

The RX-7 is an amazing car, and the rotary engine is such a racing oriented motor. I drive my second gen RX-7 on the track and it just eats it up. Yes, there are problems with the cars, but a lot of it is solved by regular maintenance. Which I think is something most of these cars have been lacking and get a bad rap for. Because so many of them were neglected for decades and young people get their hands on these "sports cars" they break quickly because they weren't maintained, and the stigma continues. Having owned multiple RX-7s over the decades, regular maintenance has allowed them all to last well over 150K miles. Also, not modifying it like a buffoon has also helped them stay reliable.

Vor 8 Monate
BluSpectre
BluSpectre

Misinformation kills so much about these cars and their rep. Like telling people that Synthetic oil eats up apex seals. IDK where that myth started, but it's rampant. I too believed it for a bit, since I heard so much of it. Then I read some documents from Racing Beat and Mazda's race teams, about how they only used Royal Purple full synthetic. Why doesn't Mazda recommend synthetic oils for the road going rotaries? Because "We haven't fully tested how synthetic oil affects our rotary engine designs." BTW Every dealership will use semi-synthetic 5W-20 oil in your RXs.

Vor 7 Monate
sadmatt5332
sadmatt5332

@SenatorPhoenix run a rotary 3k miles redlining on a track, take any gm and do the same, your 4 banger will be falling apart and the rotary will run like it was just milled from factory

Vor 7 Monate
lnlsun
lnlsun

@MilesPrower1992 Follow Rob Dahm's channel for rotary do's and don'ts.

Vor 7 Monate
Ashante Dula
Ashante Dula

That last sentence goes for any car.

Vor 7 Monate
MilesPrower1992
MilesPrower1992

@SenatorPhoenix "I can't maintain a car so I'm gonna hate on other people for it!"

Vor 7 Monate
Roberto
Roberto

You are an excellent presenter and the production of the Mazda RX-7 was very well done and great narration. Your delivery is factual, entertaining and funny. Really well done! I wish you could expand the subject matter and host other great topics such as science, and contemporary events. Really well done!

Vor 5 Monate
Fake News
Fake News

When we raced Mini-Stocks back in the early 1980s there was a guy that stuffed one of these rotary's into a Datsun B-210 the first year he held back ironing out the bugs , the second year he walked away for every race placing first place unless he crashed out , the third year he was banned from using that engine . I remember hearing it go around the track passing everyone making the same engine noise on the straightaways or through the turns , you could not hear any change as far as him shifting going in or out of the turns , it just hummed through the whole race . This was one of the most banged-up cars in our series , these were NASCAR Mini's "Winston Cup" if that lets you know how long ago this was , we ran 2 cars , a VW bug , and a Vega , these were nice cars but just like everyone else they did not have a chance in hell catching that B-210 , After being beat with no chance of ever placing first we changed classes and stepped up too late models and sprints and got out of NASCAR , there was way too much drama being a member of that "club" . Good times 😂 👍

Vor Monat
mrKozmoz
mrKozmoz

It's 2021, and I still remember first time seeing an FD when I was 9 years old back in FL. I can say without a shadow of a doubt, they hit the future classic mark for sure.

Vor 7 Monate
jack palczynski
jack palczynski

I was one of the potential customers for the FD when it came out. I test drove a yellow "competition" model as I was heavily into track driving. In the end, I told the Mazda salesman that I could buy a new M3 and bring the family with me. Oh well. In retrospect, I could have had that yellow FD and if I wanted to make it perfect, I could have stuck an LS engine into it to avoid the "every 6000 miles" engine rebuilds.

Vor 6 Monate
HO1HUM
HO1HUM

Had the R1 in back in '93, pretty accurate review. One thing never mentioned is the cool "Top Gun" locking on target beeping that you'd get when approaching redline. Almost poetic and definitely fitting/appropriate in that car. The reason was unlike piston engines, the 13B would actually smooth out and get quieter approaching redline, so drivers needed a heads up to shift and not just keep on trucking. Just an amazing car for its time and price point.

Vor 8 Monate
Jedon Thompson
Jedon Thompson

@Elle Fields I had 2 91 R1's, the seats were suede like cloth. Had good grip so you didn't slide around on them during high G maneuvers. They also had a 2nd oil cooler and a few other miner upgrades. I wired the turbos wastegates together so they were non-sequential, way smoother power.

Vor 5 Monate
CUBuffs4Life
CUBuffs4Life

I came so close to buying a yellow R1 back in '93 but I was only a couple years out of college and the wiser choice was to put a downpayment on some property. I'm glad I bough real estate and I did get a MR-2 turbo instead but those FDs are so beautiful.

Vor 5 Monate
Elle Fields
Elle Fields

@Danny Galdamez can’t say I ever remember seeing one with suede but then again there weee few of them on the road. I bought mine brand new and it was the only one at the dealerships that wasn’t pre-sold, well technically it was but the guy backed out. I don’t know about you but I regret selling it.

Vor 8 Monate
Danny Galdamez
Danny Galdamez

@Elle Fields the r1/r2 were the ones that came with suede seats and the base models got cloth seats

Vor 8 Monate
Elle Fields
Elle Fields

Remind me, the R1 package was the one with high bolstered cloth seats right? I had the touring package, leather seats Bose stereo all that good stuff. Though I replaced the twin turbos with a single larger turbo and HKS blow off valve. Miss all my RX’s, I’ve owned 3 plus a rotary powered Triumph spitfire.

Vor 8 Monate
Desertguy
Desertguy

I had forgotten how gorgeous this car truly is; wish it were available now, with all the bugs worked out.

Vor Monat
Behzod Hasanov
Behzod Hasanov

Let alone the FD RX-7 thing, the whole video production is another level -so creative, elegant visual aids and computer graphics. Huge respect to this team. This video deserves tens of millions of reviews at least.

Vor 7 Monate
Black Conservative Patriot
Black Conservative Patriot

I am missing my RX-7 right now. Great job Jason and team Hagerty.

Vor 6 Monate
Zed Rahman
Zed Rahman

Thankyou Jason and Hagerty for these excellent videos. Technically brilliant, highly informative, witty with a smattering of Jason's famous sound FX... what more do you want?!

Vor 7 Monate
Ken Merriman
Ken Merriman

I believe that the FD RX-7 is just about one of the most beautiful cars ever made... but you’re right, maintenance and upkeep is a nightmare.

Vor 8 Monate
Fuck Google And You
Fuck Google And You

Shizzz I’ll change that apex seal any day over all those rings rods valves ect ect

Vor 7 Monate
andola jackson
andola jackson

yep, Looking at FB's i shudder at the thought of a port+polish, runners, and having to run a cat in california while knowing damn well the most expensive aspect of that build will be the same length headers and the stand alone. It pushes me into a renesis swap OFF top with stock ecu bc of cost efficacy. VS loud brap dominion. Like out of the box 9000 wider rpm band and a stock ONLY config. Or something that i might be able to sell if i dont blow it XD. Its either that or trying to add power to a stock VG30det z31which basically needs the cooling of a turbo build way past 4-450hp, and is just going to push me into forged internals....which is what pushed me into throwing 10gs at an FB instead. I mean buying an auto FB+5spd+lsd and renesis seems do-able. I find trying to add power to a z31/vg30 becomes a money pit/rabbit hole for more power/better pistons thus better fuel application/ecu etc a quest to be the baddest z31 in the lot/meet where as the rotary is just BAD in its own right and and ported NA chop or bridge ported 12A chop is just End game. Hell i was looking at VR30 swaps for the z31 but the lack of harness/ecu support has me on the fence for a couple years as the z35 gets some run with the aftermarket Providers. RX-7 for me is like that meme "so you mean to tell me to make 200 HP NA on my FB, i gotta buy a stand alone+fab work in the 10,000$ range+tuning " kid.

Vor 8 Monate
Pippy
Pippy

I know its cliche but this is absolutely one of my dream cars. Even knowing how many pitfalls they have i just cant help but love everything. The body likes are just perfect. Even knowing how shitty rotaries i think theyre just so beyond amazing. They arent practical in the slightest but the engineering is incredible

Vor 7 Monate
David K Anderson
David K Anderson

For me, one of the best-looking cars ever made...right up there in Miura/XKE territory. I've driven a couple, and if anything the handling is better than the looks (at least at "this car doesn't belong to me" speeds on the road).

Vor 5 Monate
Harrick V Harrick
Harrick V Harrick

I can't wait to see a perfect version of this very car appear. I strongly believe that the design that deserves to get accepted as rotary's next generation, addressing lots of those things that need to be improved, is the Liquid Piston's breakthrough novel iteration of it. Though their engine is so revolutionary, it is nothing short of a completely new invention, that the description of its functionality is almost the only thing it still has in common with the original rotary design from Wankel and Mazda!

Vor 6 Monate
Christopher Miller
Christopher Miller

These were really some of the coolest cars ever. My highschool converted on into an electric racecar. Crazy fast acceleration. I also met a guy in town who sooped his up and claimed he hit 285 mph on the Bonneville flats.

Vor 4 Monate
Bolt
Bolt

Fantastic car. And to the point of it being a Japanese car with a German engine design designed and America. This is the kind of car we get when the world comes together to make a great sports car.

Vor 8 Monate
V3NOMOUS DYALISIS207
V3NOMOUS DYALISIS207

when the world comes together? germans and japanese i must say because wakandans have never done anything to positively contribute to human kind

Vor Monat
basshead
basshead

That's why the Corvette C5 looks so similar to it.

Vor 8 Monate
Watah Willy
Watah Willy

Lol nah

Vor 8 Monate
Jack Camarda
Jack Camarda

I was a presentation and public speaking coach for 30+ years, with a number of high profile clients. Jason's work on these videos is nothing short of sensational. Smart, funny, entertaining, informative. Does NOT get any better.

Vor Monat
Mr. Llama
Mr. Llama

I love to FD so much but I still happen to prefer the awesome technology and the Porsche mannerisms of the FC. But the FC Savannah was very Mazda with how it behaved and screamed to 7500 rpm with two turbos wooshing away which is why it ranks as one of my favorite cars

Vor Monat
Nicholas Del Bosco
Nicholas Del Bosco

Please never stop making these videos! They are fun and interesting and so well-produced! I always am so excited when then new videos drop.

Vor 7 Monate
Harrick V Harrick
Harrick V Harrick

The engine was designed by a German, but THEY made it WORK! By the way, this guy is The Best. The way he brings across the importance of wearing seat belts right after we saw that crash (that started around 10:00), without any words, only using the expression on his face..! Pure gold..!

Vor 6 Monate
Mladen Karadzic
Mladen Karadzic

Revelations content is on whole another level. Thank you guys.

Vor 8 Monate
Power Accountability League
Power Accountability League

@JasonCammisa You seem to have a fair helping of common sense ... do you think me wrong when I say that quality is on the endangered-species list?

Vor 8 Monate
JasonCammisa
JasonCammisa

@Power Accountability League I don't think you can scrub anything from the Net — at least I haven't. Also haven't tried. I think most people just think "so old it doesn't matter." :P Also, I'm from a part of the world where your ethnic background is an important differentiator, used in casual conversation.

Vor 8 Monate
Power Accountability League
Power Accountability League

@JasonCammisa I'm impressed you've been able to scrub that from the net. BTW, why Italian-american rather than just American?

Vor 8 Monate
BCA
BCA

Needs his own channel. Easier to find.

Vor 8 Monate
JasonCammisa
JasonCammisa

@Power Accountability League Why do you ask?

Vor 8 Monate
V. E.
V. E.

Had a friend who bought one of the first rotary engined RX-7s and that car was such a headache. Oil consumption was the least of the worries and it seemed thatcar was at the dealer's lot more than his driveway. Pretty little thing w/ great handling, but sadly and utterly unreliable.

Vor 6 Monate
Dr Joey
Dr Joey

Awesome car. Most free revving thing I ever drove, and really I think it was the most sophisticated, exotic sportscar ever mass-produced.

Vor Monat
William Walseth
William Walseth

Loved my 93 Black RX7, amazing to drive. Crappy interior, and had to have the engine re-built. Emission testing in Ontario was the nail in the coffin for me, and boy could it suck gas. Still, I have great memories of that car, and always will.

Vor 4 Monate
The algorithm
The algorithm

I loved my RX7. Drove it all the time. I had quite a few fun, fast cars on Grand Turismo 3. My "real" car was a Dodge Ram which wasn't nearly as much fun.

Vor 5 Monate
Captain Coffee Cake
Captain Coffee Cake

I was lucky enough to drive one of these, despite all the hype... they are still UNDER rated, unbelievably fun to drive. it was basically if you gave a miata a 8ball

Vor 8 Monate
Michael Dorrence
Michael Dorrence

LMAO!!!

Vor 7 Monate
Charles Hines
Charles Hines

That is just it, just because one person hates a car it doesn't mean you will.

Vor 7 Monate
Eric C
Eric C

I had an FC but not a turbo model. It was a GXL which was still a blast to drive. I learned to drive manual on that car. It's easy to stall a 1.3L haha good times tho

Vor 7 Monate
AlDim000
AlDim000

@dgalcaide You know that being overpriced and underrated are completely different things, right?

Vor 7 Monate
Dave G
Dave G

Haha. Much more fun comparison than steroids.

Vor 8 Monate
Billy Boy
Billy Boy

I remember thinking this car was too focused and right on the edge of what the public would understand and accept. Special things often involve sacrifices and you have to accept the overall rationale. This car in time, will become a classic and will finally get it's cred.

Vor Monat
Jason McAllister
Jason McAllister

This was an amazing video. Production quality top shelf. Honest, interesting, and through.

Vor 27 Tage
Gordon Kachuk
Gordon Kachuk

I love your shows, particularly your style of presentation with your silly sense of humour. Also I admire your automotive knowledge. It is because of this that I would like to offer a little info you haven't mentioned. Before the Cosmo there was the 2 door coupe, the R100 which was later replaced by the RX2 or 3, I forget. The R100 I remember extremely well because 3 were entered in the 1967 24 hr. of Franchorchamps, which I attended. During qualifying they were using mufflers that extended beyond the rear bumper as it turned out to reduce the exhaust noiseI level. At race day they were removed and the beautiful high pitch sound was truly deafening. They performed quite well and were very quick, however none made it to the finish and sadly one driver lost his life when he went off at Masta, one of the very high speed right handers at the back of the circuit.

Vor Monat
Robert Walker
Robert Walker

Thank you @Hagerty this was an incredible video. I still miss my FD3 Type-R1 absolutely beautiful a true Love/Hate relationship of a car just the way it should be.

Vor 6 Monate
Pedro Edwardo
Pedro Edwardo

My son had one that I was "allowed" to drive occasionally. What a rocket for it's time. Crazy fun to drive!

Vor 6 Monate
Steven Gulie
Steven Gulie

I loved my Rx-7. The twin turbo was sweet, even though it did look a Porsche-y. Never saw an Rx-7b, only The Rx-8—pretty as a sculpture, but… too expensive for me.

Vor 6 Monate
Darryl Sjodin
Darryl Sjodin

It’s body design was before it’s time and still looks incredible! Park it next to an 03 Corvette Z06 and they look a lot alike!

Vor 13 Tage
Will Will
Will Will

When this car was in production, I wanted one so badly. It wasn't the performance that was the draw. It was beautiful. What stopped me was my 38" inseam. This wasn't a car for tall people.

Vor 7 Monate
Chad Williams
Chad Williams

The last 2 minutes of driving footage and sound brings back so many great memories and exhilaration of driving my ‘93 FD. Although it spent more time in the shop than I ever anticipated, it was certainly a blast to drive.

Vor 8 Monate
aes53
aes53

I had a 93 as well, and I reached a point where the cost to keep it on the road was just too prohibitive. It was so much fun to drive but was also treacherous in the rain. Nothing like watching the ass end beat you around a curve.

Vor Monat
David Peters
David Peters

Terrific video, great car. Retromod with new electric turbos would be nice. The UK conversion Elford RX-7 inspired the FD Mk3.

Vor 5 Monate
Salar
Salar

I remember seeing a beige RX-7 in a parking lot back in 1998, I was just an 8 year old kid and didn't really understand cars but I remember how it caught my eye and walking up to it to see what the inside looks like. That's how alluring this car is, it grabs the attention of every generation.

Vor 6 Monate
The Stress Theory of Hans Selye
The Stress Theory of Hans Selye

Thanks for the fun video. Reminds me of long ago when I still had testosterone, sports cars were fun, women were fun, and I had no fear of death. Now I hate mechanics, prefer safety, and am all in for Tesla.

Vor 5 Monate
Ahmad Faisal
Ahmad Faisal

The design of FD3S RX7 is so beautiful and timeless. I guess Mazda can sell this car today without changing any of its body design.

Vor 6 Monate
das ツ
das ツ

It's utterly amazing how well the design has aged

Vor 8 Monate
Charles Hines
Charles Hines

What I like is that it isn't ugly. Some Japanese cars are just hideous and the only reason people buy them is they last a long time. Toyotas (Corollas especially) for example are just ugly but they last a long time.

Vor 7 Monate
Adobedirt Blues
Adobedirt Blues

I had a red one. It ran well but on my Sonoma county roads the rattling plastic in the interior drove me nuts. it’s true what they say about the turbos kicking in while executing turns. At any kind of speed the car would lose traction and go into a four wheel drift from the sudden boost. Great for showing off in a parking lot or doing donuts in a wide-open intersection but really hairy when going through turns at 50 to 60 mph. I loved it though, great looking car. I ultimately sold it because in the redwood country where I live lots of the roads stay wet in patches all day long and even with high-quality rubber on it I felt like I should’ve been wearing a diaper. Ahh youth.

Vor 6 Monate
DazedDamien
DazedDamien

Years later, this is still my dream car. Hope I get to own one some day

Vor 3 Monate
Jim Pekarek
Jim Pekarek

Still one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Hell, I think it's prettier than a Jaguar E-Type, and right up there with the Toyota 2000GT.

Vor 5 Monate
Daniel Brealey
Daniel Brealey

I've never heard a stock FD going hard on a factory exhaust- at the end, it sounded so choked up. All turbo cars make fairly big power increases with free flowing exhausts- but this REALLY needs it. In Australia, I don't think there are any left in true factory condition. They are just so much better lightly (or not so lightly) modified. Your robbing yourself of all the fun keeping it stock!!!

Vor Monat
Brannon Worner
Brannon Worner

Jason, your the man man. Your personality is inspiring when comparing to the “oh the steering feel” black n white auto journalists. I’ve been reading all 3 major car magazines since 1989, and have most of them in storage. Your the man. Happy Holidays. Why not do a 1994 Impala SS, I had one and what a boat. My 2012 CTS V will eat it for dinner but that’s ok

Vor 8 Monate
JasonCammisa
JasonCammisa

@Jarod Kelly Thank you, that's much appreciated. So, focus on healing up and be careful out there — sorry to hear you got banged up!

Vor 8 Monate
Jarod Kelly
Jarod Kelly

@JasonCammisa I'm your biggest fan i want to get your autograph one day and drive my bike up to meet you. just crashed so I'll be down and out for 2 months but it's on the bucket list for sure. You're the greatest automotive commentator I've ever heard and I'm glad to see you still producing content for us enthusiasts out there who just want to learn and soak up all the knowledge there is.

Vor 8 Monate
gizmo
gizmo

Ahhh I too at one point owned a 2012 ctsv and impala at the same time. Mine was a black 96 tho. Today I own a challenger widebody hellcat and a 95 dggm impala along with some other toys. Good taste sir

Vor 8 Monate
JasonCammisa
JasonCammisa

Thank you! And the SS is on my list! I love that thing.

Vor 8 Monate
Michael Chase
Michael Chase

The 2nd gen and 3rd gen will always be my two favorite cars.

Vor Monat
Edward Mitchell
Edward Mitchell

The car seems like a lot of fun but I have one proving question for you Hagerty, "Is it as fun as a Scirocco?"

Vor Monat
Import R GTBOY
Import R GTBOY

I own a spirit r and love just sitting in it. You are one with this car. I may not drive it but I do love its feel. These cars are the best drivers cars from that ERA. Still today manufacturers are trying to make a model of car that is timeless like this one

Vor 7 Monate
Desert 786
Desert 786

there is a Cosmo sitting in a car club in my area. seen it, cool AF. A few interesting stories with this one. the guy(or his people) found and bought the last roll of original seat material. another thing, the hubcaps are unobtanium. so he had some re-manufactured in steel and plastic. the steel ones and some of the remaining originals don't stay on very well. so he has the metal ones put on for shows and the plastic ones for driving. cool little car, sitting in a showroom of multi-million dollar classic's.

Vor 6 Monate
Tomas Andrews
Tomas Andrews

I remember seeing an FD at my local motorshow when it was released, it looked gorgeous, absolutely stunning and it hasn't aged one day since!

Vor 8 Monate
buhketz
buhketz

@DumbledoreMcCracken aite buddy, just gonna leave you in delusionville

Vor 7 Monate
DumbledoreMcCracken
DumbledoreMcCracken

@buhketz It has everything. If you were alive (a tteen at least) when the 2G Eagle Talon was introduced, it would mean you have the perspective to understand that the new NSX is a step backward in styling. Styling always repeats themes, as the newest Prius Prime a recapitulation of the 1959 Chevrolet Impala, and the BMW 135i takes the biscuit-tin body line from the NSU Prinz. Some themes are worth repeating, and others should have never been born. The new NSX should never have been born, styling wise. The Eagle Talon did that already, and it wasn't great at the time, and it should never be repeated.

Vor 7 Monate
buhketz
buhketz

@DumbledoreMcCracken not sure what my age has to do with the fact that there’s no resemblance there.

Vor 7 Monate
DumbledoreMcCracken
DumbledoreMcCracken

@buhketz how old are you?

Vor 7 Monate
eric angleton
eric angleton

I think it's awesome you can very noticeably hear the turbos in the end sequence.

Vor 6 Monate
Andrew Bruckbauer
Andrew Bruckbauer

I own an Rx8. I love the motor. I hope eventually it can make a comeback.

Vor 7 Monate
WJ Handy Dad
WJ Handy Dad

that was wonderful to watch... as it started I was thinking I want one of those cars right now! And by the end I was glad I don't have one.

Vor Monat
Dougie Quick
Dougie Quick

Good job! You totally sold me on wanting own one and then minutes later convinced me that I am glad I never did...I did however own and love my 1979 RX7 for all of 40k miles until new family forced me to trade for something with a back seat. Probably saved me grief shedding that car before it had any problems...I did thrash it regularly and was not at the time super big on maintenece These days I have an ND as my little canyon go cart

Vor Monat
DragTimes
DragTimes

I just bought a 1993 RX-7, love it!

Vor 8 Monate
Andrew6804m
Andrew6804m

They never talked about the fuel filter placement..

Vor Monat
SDoclocker8172
SDoclocker8172

How much tho? Did You pay a sucker price like 10k?

Vor 4 Monate
Mitch Hedberg
Mitch Hedberg

Wait a while!

Vor 5 Monate
Joe Causey
Joe Causey

I had a 93 and loved it! Outran everything on the streets, including a hyped-up Corvette and a Chevelle with nitrous. Should have seen the surprised look on those guys' faces!

Vor 6 Monate
Rbrt Rdz
Rbrt Rdz

My first car was an 83 Rx7 limited edition. I bought it in 1994. My dream car was the 3rd Gen Rx7. By the time I got old enough to afford one, it had become a collectors item and too expensive for me to afford. It will forever be my dream car. Best car ever.

Vor Monat
JIGA BACHI
JIGA BACHI

Well done, Jason and the behind the scene team ! 👌🙂👍

Vor 7 Monate
Luke Sm
Luke Sm

Great video.Brought back many good memories.I never owned one but the first generation rx7 came out when i was 18 yrs old and man was it sexy. You forgot to mention anorher fun fact which also sealed its fate and that is they are absolute gas hogs.

Vor Monat
JustaFormer 11B
JustaFormer 11B

My uncle had a 1993 FD in Montego Blue. To this day it is still my dream car. Someday I hope to get one. It was such a visceral experience and I would find myself craving a ride in it as a kid. It was so damn cool.

Vor 6 Monate
orbitaljunkie
orbitaljunkie

Could never afford one of these, and when I could I didn't have the patience to deal with its quirks, but I did hop on the Miata train for a 6 year ownership of an NC. The manual transmission is literally perfect. Mazda makes some brilliant cars.

Vor 8 Monate
D C
D C

@Cluelessbeekeeping never had a problem with the engine. daily driver for 3 years

Vor 6 Monate
Matt Malenda
Matt Malenda

@Cluelessbeekeeping What do you mean? The BP series in the NA and NB miatas was pretty strong!

Vor 6 Monate
Cluelessbeekeeping
Cluelessbeekeeping

*When they're running...*If they're running (NB owner)

Vor 7 Monate
Steven Hatfield
Steven Hatfield

I would have loved to have one of these cars, but they were $42000+ and that was just too expensive for me. Keep in mind that this was in the early 90s, and would be equivalent to about $85,000 today. If they wanted me or people like me to buy it, they should have made the car affordable.

Vor 7 Monate
Rob Cohen
Rob Cohen

I loved my 3G RX-7. I bought it from my boss for a steal. Shortly after buying it, he realized he was too fat to sit in it comfortably. It was so fun to drive. Totally beautiful, with the wing. Guys were jealous. It was a chick magnet. But, I did have to rebuild the engine 3 times. It became a collector's item, and I was able to sell it years later for a profit. This video brought back many memories!

Vor 7 Monate
Stephen Morgan
Stephen Morgan

I loved and wanted this car more than anything before or since but couldn’t buy one at the time because I worked on the Nissan account. I regret missing out on ordering mine in blue with the tan interior and no rear spoiler to this very second.

Vor 7 Monate
Skywatchers Virginia
Skywatchers Virginia

I see clearly where my C5’s design really came from. I’ve had two RX-7’s and never put it together till I saw the FDRX-7.

Vor 2 Monate
ScoutingForZen
ScoutingForZen

Instant click and like. The FD still looks amazing, and I hope someone puts a Crighton rotary in one

Vor 8 Monate
speedjunkie13
speedjunkie13

@TJ Roelsma what you're talking about is why I chose a turbo that spools quickly. I used to chase dyno numbers, but what's the point? There's always someone that will have higher numbers and be faster, so make the car fun. A near instant spool that pulls all the way to redline is a blast to drive. The only reason I don't care to drive it just to work is because I like fun drives on curvy roads that last several hours at least. I'll drive it to work occasionally, but it's kinda pointless to me most of the time because I want more time with it on fun roads rather than sitting in stop and go traffic. BORING

Vor 8 Monate
speedjunkie13
speedjunkie13

@TJ Roelsma oh OK, so you've never driven one and don't even know why they stopped coming to America lol. That's all you had to say. Limited power band? Lol the stock turbos start pulling around 1800, and being small, they don't have much lag to speak of. My larger single turbo starts pulling about 2200 and pulls all the way to redline at 8200. That's a limited power band? I guess if you're comparing them to streetbikes. Obviously not all single turbos spool this fast, some don't reach boost until the 4ks, but that's still at least another 4k of pull until redline. There's also the type of performance you're looking for, for whatever type of racing you're possibly doing. I like road course or autocross so I don't care as much about high hp or top speed, and that's what these cars were designed for. Some people like them for high hp and top speed, sure. And there are probably better suited cars for that, but that's what they want. You don't need a lot of torque for a car that weighs significantly less than those with torquey V8s. Especially if you're into road course or autox. On paper, yes of course they have less torque, but saying they're gutless (turbo models anyway) is asinine. The other car companies gave up because of fuel economy, and that you're right about. And probably partly because they didn't feel like investing the time and money into fixing the apex seal issue leaving chatter marks on the housings. Mazda ended the run in 95 because of low sales in the US and because of the change to OBDII.

Vor 8 Monate
TJ Roelsma
TJ Roelsma

@speedjunkie13 The turbo models may be somewhat more responsive, but as long as there is no or not much turbo pressure, it's basically an NA. As soon as the turbo kicks in then it becomes a wholly different car, but that's about the same as saying "the NA is perfectly drivable as long as you keep the revs high by slipping the clutch until you've reached some speed." Inherently those rotary engines do not make a lot of torque and have therefore never really been successful, partly due to the problems with the rotor seals, partly because their pretty limited power band and partly because of their inherent thirst. There are more disadvantages in my opinion than there are advantages, which is why pretty much everyone except Mazda pretty soon left it behind and focused on other, more promising concepts.

Vor 8 Monate
speedjunkie13
speedjunkie13

@TJ Roelsma maybe the NA models, but turbo models are anything but gutless. Have you driven one? I was pretty happy with the stock twins, but I got tired of the intermittent problems reaching 10psi and the complexity of the sequential turbo system so I went single turbo. Now I'm on an EFR 8374 and it's a monster, I absolutely love it. It still spools very fast and pulls hard all the way to redline. I haven't driven an NA rotary yet but my buddy says his vert is gutless so I'm guessing that's what you're talking about lol.

Vor 8 Monate
TJ Roelsma
TJ Roelsma

@Skyline Fever They may have had 250 and later 280 HP, but it's almost all top-end power. When you try to drive these cars normally, they're pretty much "gutless bastards" and only come to life when the rev-counter reaches a certain point. That's okay when you buy this car as a second, fun or track car, but as a daily driver I can't imagine it being much fun.

Vor 8 Monate
Jess Stuart
Jess Stuart

Using a rotary engine allows for a low center of gravity which greatly improves cornering ability.

Vor Monat

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