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– Words: Ryan Lewis. Photos: Vyet Le.

Mazda RX-7s are beautiful, but ownership is reserved for the bold. Anything with a rotary under the bonnet keeps the half-hearted at bay, but those who bite the bullet are rewarded. They may not be easy to live with, but the good times make it all worthwhile. What else looks this good on the road?

Tiago is the owner of this FD. “I’ve always loved how rotaries sound different to the rest of the car world. From a young age, I dreamt about owning an RX-7.”

Not wanting to chance it on a risky car at a young age, Tiago went against his instincts and bought a Nissan 200SX instead. “After two years of owning that I felt bored and wanted something different.”

“I wanted to venture into a car not many people would dare to, so it was time to take the plunge and dive into a bone stock FD3S.”

“The car has given me grief as all rotary owners can relate to. I’ve had two engine rebuilds in three years, but it hasn’t ¬†stopped me from building the car I’ve always loved and dreamt of having.”

“My future plans for the Rx-7 are a set of Bride seats and a full single turbo set up, but for the time being I just want to enjoy it – it’s been off the road for too long!”


Rebuilt extend port 13BT
Tuff Stuff apex seals
Exedy cushion button clutch
Exedy lightened fly wheel
Mictrotech LTX11 ECU
GReddy front mount intercooler
Koyo N Flow radiator
Full exhaust Magnaflow muffler
Apexi AVCR
Ohlins coilovers
Work VS KFs – F: 9.5″ +19 , R: 10.5″ +14
Good Year F1 tyres 235 all round
Feed side skirts (carbon fibre)
Sanai rear diffuser (carbon fibre)