The first generation of compact Mazda sports car has all the right ingredients to become a cult classic, But it still lacked performance. The first generation was introduced in 1978 and stayed on the market until 1985. During that period, almost 500,000 RX-7s were made, most of them sold in America (via Mazda).
Under the hood was a 1.1 to 1.3-liter Wankel rotary engine, the RX-7’s most notable feature. The extremely compact and light engine produced 102 to 135 HP, which wasn’t enough to create any really lively performance out of this little coupe.