We’re smack dab in the middle of another March Madness. For those of you unfamiliar, basically the playoffs and following championship of college basketball. But we do March Madness a little differently around here—our March Madness involves cars, obviously.
This year, we’re pitting some of the most iconic Mazdas head to head, letting our readers vote on which vehicle they think deserves to be crowned the best Mazda of all time. Our first head-to-head battle pits a tuner legend, with one of the most potent Mazas ever put on a track; RX-3 vs RX-7.
The RX-3 might be the underdog in this battle, but don’t count it out just yet. The Grand Familia platform was developed in 1971, and underpinned a few Mazda vehicles (really the same car with a bunch of different names) in its seven-year lifespan. None more iconic than the RX-3.
The road-going RX-3 featured a 2.0-liter Rotary engine, produced a respectable 110 horsepower, and topped out at 115 mph. But it was on the track where it found the most success. In 1972, it took down the juggernaut Skyline, preventing it from winning 50 consecutive races. In 1976, the RX-3 took home over 100 wins in a number of different series’, and even today, one still competes in the SCCA championship.
After a successful career, the RX-3 eventually had to hang up its cape. In its place, a car that some might consider the best Mazda of all time: the RX-7. The RX-7 first hit the scene in 1978. While it didn’t see much success throughout its first generation, the second, and specifically third generation still remain collector’s items to this day.
In its most valuable form, the third-generation FD platform featured a 1.3-liter twin-turbo rotary engine that produced up to 276 horsepower. From the early 90’s to early 2000s, the RX-7 became a instant classic, especially amongst the tuning crowd.
Now is your chance to voice your opinion. Is the RX-3 cult enough to surpass the success of the RX-7? Vote in the poll above and let us know what you think.