Mazda RX-7 With Turbocharged Chevy V8 Is A Drag Strip Killer

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This is one fast RX-7.

We've come across some seriously fast Mazdas in our time, from a turbocharged MX-5, all the way through to a Hellcat-powered RX7. Mazda's line of RX models has become cult classics in recent times (you can exclude the RX-8 from that list) and is becoming rarer to find in pristine condition. What is even rarer is a performance-oriented Mazda with a rotary engine under the hood. The famous Mazda RX-7 featured a Wankel rotary engine in certain trims, and while some keep the spirit of the rotary alive, most have ditched the fairly complicated and expensive setup for more traditional powertrains. Take this green 1990 RX-7 for example; it now features a 540 cubic inch Chevy V8 with two 88mm Garrett turbos strapped to the sides. Owned by Rick Prospero, we now get to see this green mamba attack some poor Mustangs at the strip.

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This second-generation example looks a lot like the Porsche 924 and 944 and originally featured a turbocharged 13B rotary engine that produced up to 203 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, those power figures won't cut it if you're looking at running six-second quarter-mile times, and Owner Rick Prospero has dumped the 13B powertrain for a big block Chevy V8. It's not mentioned how much this setup produces, but with times in the high six-second range, we wouldn't be surprised if this car was pushing over 2,000 hp.

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In the video, Prospero can be seen piloting his car to a time of 6.930 seconds at 204.08 mph at the Street Car Takeover in Bradenton. The car is then seen doing a 6.870-second run at 202.91 mph at the same event. The car's latest record is a 6.83 second run at 208 mph at TX2K 2021. We don't care if it doesn't run a rotary; this thing rips!

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