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The Mazda RX-7 (FD3S) (also known as Ẽfini RX-7) is a rotary engine powered sports car, which was produced from 1992 to 2002. It succeeded the Mazda RX-7 FC and consisted of the Series 6 (1992-1995), Series 7 (1996-1998), and Series 8 (1999-2002) model generations.

The Series 6 was the most successful car in terms of sales, as it was exported worldwide. In some countries such as Germany, the Series 6 was the only model to be exported due to new emission regulations.

The Series 7 featured minor engine changes and was sold as right-hand-drive version only.

The Series 8 was updated with a new body kit, spoiler, tail lights, and upgraded turbochargers. The Type RZ and Spirit R were limited edition versions of the Series 8.

The Mazda RX-7 FD was universally praised by critics, because of its rotary engine, which is unusual for cars. The motor of the car is noted for being powerful, thanks to a twin-turbo system.

It is also a popular car in pop culture due to its frequent appearances in racing games and action movies. The RX-7 has been successful in drift motorsport as well.

The Need for Speed

The Mazda RX-7 appears in The Need for Speed as a yellow Class C vehicle.

Underground Series

The Mazda RX-7 is unlocked after completing Underground Mode event 73 in Need for Speed: Underground. It is unlocked after completing URL event 10 within career stage 4 in Need for Speed: Underground 2. It can be purchased for $34,000 in Need for Speed: Underground Rivals.

The RX-7 offers well rounded performance but mostly exceeds in terms of acceleration and top speed. It is particularly useful in Drag and Drift events.

Stock 0-60 mph: 4.90 s 0-100 mph: 12.92 s Top Speed: 155.0 mph (249 km/h) Torque: 215.9 ft-lbs Power: 255.7 bhp
Fully Upgraded 0-60 mph: 3.12 s 0-100 mph: 8.53 s Top Speed: 213.0 mph (343 km/h) Torque: 291.3 ft-lbs Power: 441.6 bhp

Need for Speed: Most Wanted

The Mazda RX-7 is unlocked upon defeating Blacklist racer #9 Earl in Need for Speed: Most Wanted and purchaseable for 31,000 cash.

The RX-7 is able to reach a slightly higher top speed than most Japanese sports cars. Because of its low weight, the RX-7 has great handling, making it more useful in race events rather than pursuits.

Need for Speed: Carbon

The Mazda RX-7 appears in Need for Speed: Carbon as a Tier 2 Tuner class vehicle and can be purchased for 65,000 cash. To unlock it for purchase, the player must defeat Bushido boss Kenji, who also drives a modified RX-7 with a Bushido vinyl theme. It is obtainable as a pink slip from his Boss Bonus Card reward.

Compared to the rest of the Tier 2 Tuner lineup, the RX-7 has the best acceleration and top speed but still offers impressive handling performance that is up to par with the most capable Tier 2 cars. It might be less effective in pursuits, as it is not very durable in crashes.

A modified RX-7 must be driven in the silver tier canyon checkpoint event of the challenge series.

Need for Speed: ProStreet

The Mazda RX-7 appears in Need for Speed: ProStreet as a Tier 2 vehicle with a price of $21,000.

The game reintroduces the RX-7 with its driving traits from Need for Speed: Carbon, giving it good acceleration and handling. Therefore, the Mazda RX-7 is best used for Drift and Grip events, although it can be made useful for Speed Challenges with upgrades.

Drift King Aki Kimura drives a Mazda RX-7 with a Drift blueprint.

Need for Speed: Undercover

The Mazda RX-7 appears in Need for Speed: Undercover as a Tier 3 vehicle with a price tag of $72,000. It is unlockable upon completing the Job Nick of Time. It appears in the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii releases with a price tag of $41,000.

The RX-7 is notable for its quick acceleration and high top speed. It can reach 160 mph (257 km/h) in stock form and 209 mph (337 km/h) when fully upgraded. It also handles well in corners.

Completing the first 30 events of the Challenge Series will award the player an RX-7 with a pre-applied "Battle Machine" livery.

Shift Series

The Mazda RX-7 appears in Need for Speed: Shift as a Tier 2 vehicle with a price tag of $65,000. Players can unlock it upon collecting 30 Stars. It has a car rating of 5.60.

The Mazda RX-7 appears in Shift 2: Unleashed as a Retro Road vehicle with a price of $24,800. It has an overall performance rating of D 440 and a handling rating of 2.80.

Power availability is mostly sufficient in every gear. It stops and steers well because of its oustanding grip performance. The RX-7 is capable of keeping up with similarly ranged vehicles in most race events and is one of the best cars for drifting.

Need for Speed: World

The Mazda RX-7 was made available in Need for Speed: World during the Taiwan closed test session on October 14, 2009 as a Tier 2 car. Since August 22nd, 2012, it has been featured as a D class car.

Performance-wise, the RX-7 is one of the best Class D cars. Its handling bears a strong resemblance to its rendition from Need for Speed: Carbon, which is due to a light weight and responsive steering. Acceleration is also up to par with heavier and more powerful cars. Top speed is 144 mph (232 km/h).

The RX-7 is a superb choice for every race track in the game. It does not show any disadavantages in low heat level pursuit events. In higher heat levels, where police vehicles are featured with a heavier weight, the RX-7 feels less competitive.

Need for Speed: World - Performance Rating
 0 100 200 250 300 400 500 600 700 750 800 900 1000 
387 614

Blue

The Blue style is a stock speedboost car that costs SpeedBoost22300. It was made available on December 16th, 2010.
NFSW Mazda RX-7 FD3S Blue
WorldNavPerformance NFSWPerformanceEngineSlot NFSWPerformanceForcedInductionSlot NFSWPerformanceTransmissionSlot NFSWPerformanceSuspensionSlot NFSWPerformanceBrakesSlot NFSWPerformanceTyresSlot CarClassD 387 NFSWBlueVariantIcon  
NFSWSafehouseAftermarketIcon NFSWBodykitSlot NFSWSpoilerSlot NFSWHoodSlot NFSWWheelsSlot NFSWNeonSlot NFSWWindowTintSlot NFSWLoweringSlot NFSWLicencePlateSlot TopSpeedIcon2 292 AccelIcon2 421 HandlingIcon2 449
NFSWSafehouseSkillModsIcon   NFSWSkillModSlot NFSWSkillModSlot NFSWSkillModSlot NFSWSkillModSlot NFSWSkillModSlot SpeedBoost22300

White

The White style is a rotationally available stock cash car that costs Dollar icon700,000, and was initially released on October 14, 2009 as part of the Taiwan closed test session.

Before August 22nd, 2012, it could only be purchased if the player was at Driver Level 10 or above and cost Dollar icon60,000.

NFSW Mazda RX-7 FD3S White
WorldNavPerformance NFSWPerformanceEngineSlot NFSWPerformanceForcedInductionSlot NFSWPerformanceTransmissionSlot NFSWPerformanceSuspensionSlot NFSWPerformanceBrakesSlot NFSWPerformanceTyresSlot CarClassD 387 NFSWWhiteVariantIcon  
NFSWSafehouseAftermarketIcon NFSWBodykitSlot NFSWSpoilerSlot NFSWHoodSlot NFSWWheelsSlot NFSWNeonSlot NFSWWindowTintSlot NFSWLoweringSlot NFSWLicencePlateSlot TopSpeedIcon2 292 AccelIcon2 421 HandlingIcon2 449
NFSWSafehouseSkillModsIcon   NFSWSkillModSlot NFSWSkillModSlot NFSWSkillModSlot NFSWSkillModSlot NFSWSkillModSlot Dollar icon700,000

Sidestep (Rental)

The Sidestep style is a rental car that can be leased for SpeedBoost2150. It was made available on July 27th, 2010.

It is fitted with various Street quality performance parts from different manufacturers, and a selection of aftermarket parts.

WorldNavPerformance StreetBlueEngine
WorldDownDraft
NFSWStarIcon
Dawndraft
Improved Engine
TopSpeedIcon2 1%  AccelIcon2 3%  HandlingIcon2 0%
StreetBlueForcedInduction
WorldDownDraft
NFSWStarIcon
Dawndraft
Improved Forced Induction
TopSpeedIcon2 1%  AccelIcon2 2%  HandlingIcon2 0%
StreetBlueTransmission
WorldDownDraft
NFSWStarIcon
Dawndraft
Improved Transmission
TopSpeedIcon2 1%  AccelIcon2 2%  HandlingIcon2 0%
StreetRedSuspension
WorldNovaT
NFSWStarIcon
Nova-T
Improved Suspension
TopSpeedIcon2 1%  AccelIcon2 1%  HandlingIcon2 3%
StreetRedBrakes
WorldNovaT
NFSWStarIcon
Nova-T
Improved Brakes
TopSpeedIcon2 0%  AccelIcon2 0%  HandlingIcon2 3%
StreetBeigeTyres
WorldAmerikonSpeedsystems
NFSWStarIcon
Amerikon Speedsystems
Improved Tyres
TopSpeedIcon2 0%  AccelIcon2 1%  HandlingIcon2 2%
CarClassC 439 NFSVehicleRentalIcon  
NFSWSafehouseAftermarketIcon NFSWBodykitIcon
NFSWSpoilerSlot NFSWHoodSlot NFSWManufacturer 5Zigen
NFSWWheels 5Zigen A17 5Zigen
Style A 17"
NFSWNeonSlot NFSWWindowTintSlot NFSWLoweringKitStage2
NFSWLoweringKitStage2 Need for Speed
Stage 2
NFSWLicencePlateSlot TopSpeedIcon2 381 AccelIcon2 484 HandlingIcon2 352
NFSWSafehouseSkillModsIcon   NFSWSkillModSlot NFSWSkillModSlot NFSWSkillModSlot NFSWSkillModSlot NFSWSkillModSlot SpeedBoost2150

Sidestep (Cash)

The Sidestep style is a previous rental only car that can be purchased for Dollar icon300,000. It was made available on June 1st, 2015 as part of the End of the World event.

It is fitted with various Street quality performance parts from different manufacturers, and a selection of aftermarket parts.

WorldNavPerformance StreetBlueEngine
WorldDownDraft
NFSWStarIcon
Dawndraft
Improved Engine
TopSpeedIcon2 1%  AccelIcon2 3%  HandlingIcon2 0%
StreetBlueForcedInduction
WorldDownDraft
NFSWStarIcon
Dawndraft
Improved Forced Induction
TopSpeedIcon2 1%  AccelIcon2 2%  HandlingIcon2 0%
StreetBlueTransmission
WorldDownDraft
NFSWStarIcon
Dawndraft
Improved Transmission
TopSpeedIcon2 1%  AccelIcon2 2%  HandlingIcon2 0%
StreetRedSuspension
WorldNovaT
NFSWStarIcon
Nova-T
Improved Suspension
TopSpeedIcon2 1%  AccelIcon2 1%  HandlingIcon2 3%
StreetRedBrakes
WorldNovaT
NFSWStarIcon
Nova-T
Improved Brakes
TopSpeedIcon2 0%  AccelIcon2 0%  HandlingIcon2 3%
StreetBeigeTyres
WorldAmerikonSpeedsystems
NFSWStarIcon
Amerikon Speedsystems
Improved Tyres
TopSpeedIcon2 0%  AccelIcon2 1%  HandlingIcon2 2%
CarClassC 439 NFSVehicleRentalIcon  
NFSWSafehouseAftermarketIcon NFSWBodykitIcon
NFSWSpoilerSlot NFSWHoodSlot NFSWManufacturer 5Zigen
NFSWWheels 5Zigen A17 5Zigen
Style A 17"
NFSWNeonSlot NFSWWindowTintSlot NFSWLoweringKitStage2
NFSWLoweringKitStage2 Need for Speed
Stage 2
NFSWLicencePlateSlot TopSpeedIcon2 381 AccelIcon2 484 HandlingIcon2 352
NFSWSafehouseSkillModsIcon   NFSWSkillModSlot NFSWSkillModSlot NFSWSkillModSlot NFSWSkillModSlot NFSWSkillModSlot Dollar icon300,000

Battle Machine

The Battle Machine style is a Need for Speed classic car that costs SpeedBoost22600. It was released on April 19th, 2011.

Before August 22nd, 2012, it could be purchased if the player was at Driver Level 22 or above and cost Dollar icon300,000.

It is fitted with tuned quality Gromlen performance parts, 2-star Skill Mods, and a selection of aftermarket parts. It is based on the Battle Machine Mazda RX-7 featured on the cover art of Need for Speed: ProStreet.

NFSW Mazda RX-7 FD3S Battle Machine
WorldNavPerformance RaceBeigeEngine
WorldGromlen
NFSWStarIconNFSWStarIcon
Gromlen
Tuned Engine
TopSpeedIcon2 7%  AccelIcon2 7%  HandlingIcon2 0%
RaceBeigeForcedInduction
WorldGromlen
NFSWStarIconNFSWStarIcon
Gromlen
Tuned Forced Induction
TopSpeedIcon2 4%  AccelIcon2 4%  HandlingIcon2 0%
RaceBeigeTransmission
WorldGromlen
NFSWStarIconNFSWStarIcon
Gromlen
Tuned Transmission
TopSpeedIcon2 7%  AccelIcon2 4%  HandlingIcon2 3%
RaceBeigeSuspension
WorldGromlen
NFSWStarIconNFSWStarIcon
Gromlen
Tuned Suspension
TopSpeedIcon2 3%  AccelIcon2 3%  HandlingIcon2 7%
RaceBeigeBrakes
WorldGromlen
NFSWStarIconNFSWStarIcon
Gromlen
Tuned Brakes
TopSpeedIcon2 0%  AccelIcon2 0%  HandlingIcon2 4%
RaceBeigeTyres
WorldGromlen
NFSWStarIconNFSWStarIcon
Gromlen
Tuned Tyres
TopSpeedIcon2 3%  AccelIcon2 4%  HandlingIcon2 7%
CarClassB 534 ArtDirectorEditionIcon2  
NFSWSafehouseAftermarketIcon NFSWBodykitIcon
NFSWSpoilerCFIcon
NFSWSpoilerCFIcon Spoiler
Glint Carbon Fibre
NFSWHoodSlot NFSWManufacturer Volk
NFSWWheels Volk A18 Volk
Style A 18"
NFSWNeonSlot NFSWWindowTintSlot NFSWLoweringSlot NFSWStandardLicensePlate
WorldLicensePlateBTLMCHN Licence Plate
"Battle Machine"
TopSpeedIcon2 551 AccelIcon2 595 HandlingIcon2 456
NFSWSafehouseSkillModsIcon   WorldSkillNitrousPower
WorldSkillNitrousPower
NFSWStarIconNFSWStarIcon
Super Shot
Nitrous Power
14%
WorldSkillEvasion
WorldSkillEvasion
NFSWStarIcon
Evasion
Evade Force
WorldSkillExtendedNOS
WorldSkillExtendedNOS
NFSWStarIconNFSWStarIcon
Extended NOS
Nitrous Duration
19%
WorldSkillExtendedNOS
WorldSkillExtendedNOS
NFSWStarIconNFSWStarIcon
Extended NOS
Nitrous Duration
19%
WorldSkillPursuitSocialitie
Socialite
NFSWStarIconNFSWStarIcon
Socialite
Race Cash
9%
SpeedBoost22600

Trivia

  • Kurt, a member of The Eastsiders crew, swaps his Acura RSX with a Mazda RX-7 during a later stage of the Underground Mode.
  • The Mazda RX-7 RZ in Need for Speed: The Run is featured with a Battle Machine paint job.

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