The RX moniker was crucial to Mazda's history because historically, anything bearing this name had a rotary engine.

The third and last version of the RX-7, which was produced through 1992 and 2002 during a ten-year period, is undoubtedly the one that UK car purchasers are most familiar with.

The FD RX-7's primary distinctive feature was its usage of an a dual twin rotor 13B-REW engine, which was imported in relatively tiny numbers to the UK.

The RX-7 is now a rare animal, especially one that hasn't been touched by the greasy hands of amateur tuners, but if you can find one with a clean history and responsible prior owners

When the first RX-7 was introduced in 1978, rotary engines and its lightweight, compact fastback design were a big hit with customers.

A healthy Japanese economy encouraged Mazda to produce the larger and more powerful FC version in 1986 with a stronger GT focus.

The 1992 model was certainly one of the most eye-catching creations to have emerged from Japan up to that point, with its reduced, shrink-wrapped bodywork standing in stark contrast to the FC.

The 13B-REW twin turbo engine was the only engine offered when the RX-7 was introduced, and it came with both a sluggish 4-speed automatic and a 5-speed manual transmission.

The motor itself was based on the one found in the Mazda Cosmo coupe, a four-seater GT sold exclusively in Japan and the first vehicle to utilize

The RX-7, which has a sequential twin-turbo arrangement, only uses the second turbo over 4000 rpm and uses just one turbocharger at slower engine speeds to improve response.

The removal of the previous RX-7's heady rev limits, which were limited to an average 8000 rpm, was another compromise brought on by the turbos.

Later vehicles finally increased their horsepower to the "gentleman's agreement" standard of 276bhp, while maintaining a constant kerb weight of 1300kg.

But the vehicles with the greatest focus, such as the famed Spirits R and Types RZ from racing video games, were all Japanese-only.