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Last Limited Edition RX-7 Unleashed in Japan
Submitted by SuperUser on Sunday, March 24, 2002 - 12:00am

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Mazda Motor Corporation today announces the launch of three models in the
RX-7 "Spirit R," a limited-production series of the RX-7 rotary engine
sports car. As the final limited-production series of the RX-7, the Sprit R
series goes on sale on April 22 at Mazda Anfini and selected Mazda
dealerships throughout Japan.

The third-generation RX-7, first launched in 1991, has a particularly
distinctive exterior design. Its lightweight, compact and high-output rotary
engine enables the driver to feel superb driving pleasure. Epitomizing
Mazda's spirit of sports car, RX-7 has won popularity among the customers
since its 1978 launch. Mazda envisions the production of the current RX-7
model (FD-3S) to come to an end in August 2002.

The Spirit R series is available in three models: the Type A, a two-seater with
a five-speed manual transmission; the Type-B, a four-seater with a five-speed
manual transmission; and the Type-C, a four-seater with a four-speed automatic
transmission. All three models are equipped with common interior and exterior
features, such as BBS-manufactured 17-inch wheels, red brake calipers, and interior
panels with a special soft coating, while each model shows off its own equipment
to make a difference from the other.

The Type-A Spirit R is a two-seater model fitted with the Recaro-made exclusive
red full bucket seats. These lightweight seats reduce the overall chassis weight
of the vehicle by approximately 10 kg. Braking performance is enhanced through
the use of large drilled type ventilated disk brakes for all four wheels and high
rigid stainless mesh brake hoses. The Type-A Spirit R model is the ultimate RX-7,
boasting the most outstanding driving performance in its history.

Applicable to any model of the Spirit R, five outer panel colors including Titanium
Gray Metallic are available.

1,500 units of the RX-7 'Spirit R' series are sold only in Japan.

The RX-7 line-up is available with the Spirit R series and the special edition
model "Type R Bathurst" that was launched last December.

Product Outline of Limited-Production Model 'Spirit R'
Features common to all three series models

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Interior panels with soft coating (meter panel, center panel, center console,
power window switch panels)

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Steering wheel and knob with red stitching (Nardi-made leather steering wheel,
leather shift knob, leather parking brake lever, and shift boot for manual transmission
model)

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Red brake calipers and front strut tower bars

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17-inch aluminum wheels manufactured by BBS (gun metallic color for Type-A,
and silver for Type-B and Type-C)

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Spirit R exclusive ornament

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Spirit R exclusive meters



Exclusive features
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Large drilled type bench rated disk brakes for all four wheels
(Type-A and Type-B)

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High rigid stainless mesh brake hoses (Type-A and Type-B)

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Exclusive dampers manufactured by Bilstein (Type-A and Type-B)


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Recaro lightweight full bucket seats (Type-A)

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Authentic leather red bucket seats (Type-B and Type-C)



Body Colors
Titanium Gray Metallic (exclusive color for Spirit R series), Innocent Blue Mica,
Pure White, Brilliant Black, and Vintage Red


Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (Excluding Tax)
(Unit: 1,000 yen)



Engine
Model
Seat
Transmission
Maximum Output
Retail Price

13 B - REW
Spirit R
Type-A
2
5MT
206kW (280PS)
3,998

Type-B
4
5MT
206kW (280PS)
3,998

Type-C
4
4AT
188kW (255PS)
3,398

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