The 1995 Mazda RX-7 Spirit R A-spec. One in a Million.
Published September 13, 2012
In today’s segment we are going to go over a car that hasn’t seen the roads of the United States in a very long time. This car was not only a Tuner classic, but the envy on Honda Civic drivers everywhere. That car is the 1995 Mazda RX-7 Spirit R A Spec.
That ladies, and gentlemen is a very long title for a car that has been discontinued for over 10 years, but the actual US versions, stopped being built, and shipped in 1995. There was no real particular reason why Mazda decided to take away one of the greatest automotive tuning cars of the 90’s, but it had to happen I guess. The old saying, “All good things must come to an end.” fits this vehicle perfectly.
So why was this car so great? What made the 1995 Mazda RX-7 Spirit R such a diamond in the rough? There are a few reasons that would answer those questions. It could have been the Twin Turbo-charged, 285hp, Rotary Engine, or that silky smooth five(5) speed gearbox. Maybe it was the classic European inspired curvacious lines graced every RX-7 that ever rolled of an assembly line. Or maybe it could be the simplicity of the 17” BBS forged wheels that sit perfectly underneath the car at all times. Or possibly can it be that this Left Hand Drive 1995 Mazda RX-7 Spirit R is the only one of it’s kind in existence? Yes, back in 1995 one of the big dogs at Mazda decided convert the last US spec RX-7 to a Spirit R A spec, and then do the unthinkable. Keep it at the United States Mazda Headquarters as a museum piece.
If you really take a minute to think about the RX-7, and what it was, you would realize that it was more than just a simple car. It was a piece of Japanese automotive history, this RX-7 would be the proverbial test bed for it’s predecessors the Mazda MX-5, and RX-8. The Mazda RX-7 was a car that some would say that it was slightly ahead of it’s time. The geometry of the car, the way it engaged it’s driver in all types of situations. Meaning that this car, at the time rivaled other high output, supercars of the time. The Mazda RX-7 was so great, that it won Car & Driver’s Car of the Year Award in 1993, and then continued to grace the covers of the popular magazine, when C & D held it’s annual Top Ten Best Cars of the year competition. The RX-7 was always there among those who would normally scoff at a Japanese car with a mere 285hp, but that’s where they were always wrong. The engineering that went into the RX-7 was nothing but sheer genius. It’s just a shame that the RX-7 wasn’t continued for the same amount of time as it was in Japan.
The 3rd and final Generation of the Mazda RX-7 as I mentioned before is classic piece of Japanese Automotive design that should have never been stopped, but rather it should have been enhanced, and then continued to live on. So that we as drivers, car lovers, and Gearheads would be privy to the wonders of what the Mazda RX-7 could be today. Pure Driving Excellence.