Thursday, November 04, 2021

Automotif CCLXIII...

Here's an '86-'88 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II on a SoBro side street. The second generation RX-7 was bigger and heavier and more upmarket than the original, with more features and amenities. At least the Turbo II version had 182bhp, a hefty fifty horsepower bump over the beefiest naturally aspirated first generation mill, to propel the extra couple hundred pounds of velour and stereo equipment.

If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, the second generation RX-7 should have made Tony Lapine and Harm Lagaay at Porsche blush. While the 1st Gen  RX-7 was reminiscent of the 924, the 2nd Gen flirted with 944 trade dress infringement. It can be hard to distinguish the two at a distance or with a peripheral glance.