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RE Amemiya Revives Mazda’s First Generation ‘Savanna RX-7’ With All The Latest Technology

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TEXT: 青木邦敏(AOKI Kunitoshi)  PHOTO: 青木邦敏(AOKI Kunitoshi)

  • RE Amemiya's Mazda Savanna RX-7 at the Tokyo Auto Salon
  • RE Amemiya's Mazda Savanna RX-7 at the Tokyo Auto Salon
  • RE Amemiya's Mazda Savanna RX-7 at the Tokyo Auto Salon
  • RE Amemiya's Mazda Savanna RX-7 at the Tokyo Auto Salon
  • RE Amemiya's Mazda Savanna RX-7 at the Tokyo Auto Salon
  • RE Amemiya's Mazda Savanna RX-7 at the Tokyo Auto Salon
  • RE Amemiya's Mazda Savanna RX-7 at the Tokyo Auto Salon
  • RE Amemiya's Mazda Savanna RX-7 at the Tokyo Auto Salon
  • RE Amemiya's Mazda Savanna RX-7 at the Tokyo Auto Salon
  • RE Amemiya's Mazda Savanna RX-7 at the Tokyo Auto Salon
  • RE Amemiya's Mazda Savanna RX-7 at the Tokyo Auto Salon
  • RE Amemiya's Mazda Savanna RX-7 at the Tokyo Auto Salon
  • RE Amemiya's Mazda Savanna RX-7 at the Tokyo Auto Salon
  • RE Amemiya's Mazda Savanna RX-7 at the Tokyo Auto Salon
  • RE Amemiya's Mazda Savanna RX-7 at the Tokyo Auto Salon
  • RE Amemiya's Mazda Savanna RX-7 at the Tokyo Auto Salon

A car loved by veteran enthusiasts who know the rich tuning era

The first generation Mazda Savanna RX-7 sticks out to the old man’s generation who experienced the era of intense tuning. Tuning, now world-acclaimed and proudly Japanese, blossomed and flourished in the early 1980s, just as this car was running as a midnight street racer.

The first Savanna RX-7, the driving force behind RE Amemiya

The RE Amemiya is well known for the RE Amemiya Seven, but the first generation Mazda Savanna RX-7 is one of the most memorable cars for its representative, Mr Amemiya. Looking back at the past, the car created numerous legends during the era of the street Zeroyon (drag race), and was the first car with a rotary engine to exceed 300 km/h at the maximum speed record meeting held at the Japan Automobile Research Institute High-Speed Circuit (commonly known as Yatabe). In other words, the progress of the first generation Savanna RX-7 tune was the driving force behind RE Amemiya and the beacon for the GReddy series that followed.

The numerous records set by RE Amemiya gave the impression that fast cars were cool, and the aero kits made by RE Amemiya, which were rare at the time, became a huge hit with tuning freaks who tried to imitate them. The iconic design of the bonnet, bumper, and rear wing took the world by storm.

The Savanna RX-7 on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2024 was a strong shadow of its former self. The shape and arrangement of the air outlets on the bonnet were reminiscent of the machines of yesteryear, and the front bumper had been re-created in a nostalgic shape, with under-panels and other parts added to give it a modern twist. It was not just a car that was full of nostalgia, but one that was packed with the latest technology in its nostalgia.

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