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Mazda rx7 spirit r

Unlike the 1993 Mazda RX-7 Steve got to drive a few weeks ago, Motor Trend got their hands on a one of a kind 2002 Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type-A. Woo, That’s a mouth full!

Now the car itself isn’t one of a kind because Mazda produced the last 1500 RX-7′s ever made as the Spirit R model but this just happens to be the only left (correct) hand drive model in existence. Why is there only one left hand drive model? Well Mazda actually stopped sending the RX-7 to America in 1995 but production in Japan continued through 2002. Due to the expensive nature of the RX-7, sales dwindled in America so Mazda was forced to pull it. It’s a shame, really.

So what do you get with this fancy Spirit R model that you don’t get with the standard RX-7? Well first of all it weighs about the same as a Honda Civic. You also get a sequential twin-turbo rotary engine that produces 206 hp and 314 torques! On top of that, the Spirit R includes big 17″ BBS wheels, 2 Recaro bucket seats, adjustable spoiler, interior red stitching, a unique front bumper, and enough “Spirit R” badges to keep you smiling for a long, long time!

I guess in conclusion, it us very unlikely that you will ever drive one of these or see one on the street but it is an amazing car that deserves to be noted. If you are in the same neck of the woods as the Mazda HQ in California, they might let you look at theirs! Motor Trend’s video is a great celebration of this Mazda RX-7 Spirit R and keeps the spirit of Japanese tuning alive.

For more information on the Spirit R, here’s a cool site that dives into more detail: spiritrx7.com

*Photo by StrayShadows

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Chris Berke is the founder and editor for Sioux Falls Auto Reviews. He loves cars, traveling, and his cat, Henry.