The original RX-7 sequel included a convertible, racing heritage, and Porsche comparisons.
It's 1985. Iran-Contra has not yet occurred, American popular culture is in full swing
It was possible to have anything with a front-mounted engine, four seats, and power going to the rear wheels, from Nissan
You get bonus points if your fast automobile has T-Tops!
Mazda was sandwiched between the people, desperately hoping for a successor to the first-generation RX-7's triumph.
The second RX-7 naturally evolved into the FC because the previous one had the codename FB while it was under development.
Mazda's first effort at a popular rotary-powered sports vehicle was the RX-7.
The outcome was a success that persisted for six years. How prosperous?
Try the over 300,000 units sold by the year's conclusion in 1984.
Mazda had to follow up as a result. The RX-7 would need to be redesigned in order to stay more modern
As a result, it shed the quirky design of the original model and became a Porsche 944 copy.
Mazda actually did it after seeing the commercial potential.
They realised they had a winner with the "Poor Man's Porsche" and let the purchasing public know it.
Motorweek compared the 944 to the RX-7 when it initially appeared, a couple of years before a new model.