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1985 Mazda RX-7

By the mid-1980s, Mazda's first-generation RX-7 sports car had grown in popularity, particularly in the all-important North American market. Enthusiasts were impressed by the combination of rotary power, handling, refinement, and value for money. The model was updated in 1981 with a new interior featuring more supportive seats, and color-coded bumpers. Development and improvements followed and the so-called Series 3 was introduced for the 1984 model year.

The 1984 Mazda RX-7 received an optional four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and lockup torque converter as optional equipment. Additional improvements were the variable-assist (in some markets) power steering, fresh 14-inch alloy wheels with Dunlop 205/60 rubber, ventilated disc brakes at all four corners, revised rear suspension, and a new five-speed gearbox.

The 2-door coupe with seating for two was available as the S, GS, GSL, and GSL-SE (the GSL-SE was a new-for-1984 option). Pricing began at $10,190 for the base S model and rose to $15,100 for the GSL-SE. The Wankel engine with two coaxial three-lob rotors displaced 70 cubic-inches and offered 100 horsepower. The GSL-SE had an 80 cubic-inch Wankel rotary engine with 135 horsepower. They had a recirculating ball steering, unibody construction, and disc brakes in both the front and rear. An automatic was available only on the GS and GSL models. Power steering could be found only on the GSL model.

Inside, Mazda installed a new instrument panel containing round dial controls. On the exterior, the front air dam added a slit to allow the brakes to cool. The rear control arms were relocated and a new larger high-performance, fuel-injected engine was added to the GSL-SE model.

The GSL-SE added low-profile Pirelli P6 tires, alloy wheels, modified suspension, and larger disc brakes. It also came standard with a sunroof, KAM/FM stereo radio with cassette player and graphic equalizer, cruise control, power windows, and air conditioning.

For 1985, there were very changes, except for revised final-drive ratios.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2013

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1985 Vehicle Profiles

1985 Mazda RX-7 vehicle information

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Chassis Num: RX-7-1

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Chassis #: RX-7-1 


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Mazda Monthly Sales Volume

January 2021
25,259
December 2020
31,308
November 2020
21,752
October 2020
22,736
September 2020
24,237
August 2020
26,089
July 2020
24,085
June 2020
25,326
May 2020
24,933
April 2020
10,940
March 2020
15,664
February 2020
28,385
Additional Sales Volume Data


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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1985 RX-7
$15,100-$162,500
1985 Mazda RX-7 Price Range: $10,200 - $15,100

RX-7

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
95.30 in.
2 cyl., 69.93 CID., 100.00hp
71,617
95.30 in.
2 cyl., 69.93 CID., 100.00hp
$7,200 - $8,000
56,317
95.30 in.
2 cyl., 69.93 CID., 100.00hp
$7,650 - $8,400
95.30 in.
2 cyl., 69.93 CID., 100.00hp
$9,395 - $11,395
95.30 in.
2 cyl., 79.82 CID., 135.00hp
$9,700 - $11,900
57,864
95.30 in.
2 cyl., 69.93 CID., 115.00hp
$9,700 - $12,325
63,959
95.30 in.
2 cyl., 69.93 CID., 101.00hp
2 cyl., 79.82 CID., 135.00hp
$10,200 - $15,100
63,105
95.30 in.
2 cyl., 139.87 CID., 165.00hp
$10,200 - $15,100

Industry Production

#1#2#3Mazda
1990Ford (912,466)Chevrolet (785,918)Pontiac (641,820)244,720
1989Chevrolet (1,275,498)Ford (1,234,954)Pontiac (801,600)263,378
1988Ford (1,331,489)Chevrolet (1,236,316)Pontiac (680,714)256,050
1987Nissan (1,803,924)Chevrolet (1,384,214)Ford (1,176,775)853,309
1986Chevrolet (1,368,837)Renault (1,305,191)Ford (1,253,525)811,371
1985Chevrolet (1,418,098)Renault (1,322,887)Oldsmobile (1,192,549)815,074
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)764,309
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)861,580
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)824,247
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)840,630
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)736,544

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