1st Generation Specs

It started as a test....would the world be receptive to a new, affordable, two-seater sports car powered by the revolutionary rotary engine? To find out, Mazda took possibly the boldest move in automotive history.

 

At a time when sports cars were on the way out, they decided to test release about 2,000 of their newly designed RX7 sports cars into the American market. This release didn't flop as experts had predicted, instead the American public purchased them by the thousands.

 

In 1978 over 19,000 were sold, and in 1979 over 50,000 were sold in a single year. The RX7 was praised for its handling and speed, all at an affordable price to everyone.

 

 

1978  1979  1980  1981  1982  1983  1984  1985

 


 

 

 

The worlds market for inexpensive and fun sports cars was quickly dying out......yet Mazda took one of the boldest steps in the auto industry by introducing the revolutionary Mazda RX-7 sports car.

 

First unveiled to the public in Japan on March 30, 1978, and in the United States on April 24th as a 1979 model, the RX-7 took the world by storm. The RX-7 was both inexpensive and a LOT of fun to drive.....to add to its new image and appeal Mazda powered this spunky new car with the revolutionary 12A Rotary Engine. Although the 12A was a less powerful engine than others Mazda had developed, Mazda was taking into account the fact that its other engines may have had high performance, but guzzled gas and were more expensive.

 

Based on Mazda's RX-3, but totally redesigned, the RX-7's exterior was far different. The engine was placed behind the front axle, which made it a front mid-engine vehicle (this design has been re-used in the new Mazda Prototype the RX-01). As a bonus, the RX-7 had a near 50/50 weight distribution between its front and rear tires.

 

The suspension was compromised of McPherson struts and a live rear axle on coil springs with four trailing links and a Watts link. Mazda made three transmissions available.

 

These transmissions were the standard 4-speed manual, the optional 5-speed manual (w/overdrive), and the optional 3-speed automatic. The first RX-7's came only with the 4-speed manual and only a driver-side mirror.

 

In the USA, the RX-7 was only sold as a 2-seater, however the Japanese version had a backseat standard. The reason for this is that the US version had to have a rear collision brace behind the front seats in order to pass US safety tests and Japanese version is due to the higher luxury tax for 2-seater sports cars in Japan at that time.

 

Dash instrumentation included a centrally-located tachometer, which soon became a trademark of the RX-7. A 130-mph speedometer on the right, and a cluster of a clock, fuel and temperature gauges on the left.

 

Two models were offered, they were the S and the GS. The S was well-equipped for a price of $6,395. But for $600 more, you could get the GS which contained a 5-speed transmission, rear anti-roll bar, and wider 185/70R13 tires.

 

There were many popular options but the most purchased were the $250 alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. Mazda initially planned to make only 1,500-2,000 RX-7's bound for the US, however to their surprise, America got Rotary Fever, and the amazing RX-7 sold 19,299 in 1978 and a whopping 54,853 in 1979.

 

 

 
 

Suggested Retail Price

  S Model:

  GS Model:

 

$6,395

$6,995

EPA Gas Mileage:
Curb Weight:
Wheelbase:
Track Front/Rear:
Length:
Width:
Height:
Ground Clearance:
Fuel Capacity: 

17 City / 26 Highway

2,420 lbs

95.3 inches

55.9 inches / 55.1 inches

168.7 inches

65.9 inches

49.6 inches

6.1 inches

14.5 US Gallons (52.2 Liters)

 

Available Options:

 
 

  Alloy Wheels
  Air Conditioning
  3-Speed Automatic
  Sunroof
  California Emissions

$250

$525

$355

$275

$75

 

 
  Engine Type: Twin Rotor 12A
  Displacement: 1,146 cc / 70 Cubic Inches
  Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
  Output (HP): 100 BHP @ 6000 rpm
  Torque: 105 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
  Fuel Supply: Two stage, 4 barrel carburetor

 

 
 

Transmission:

4-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

3-Speed Automatic

 

Ratio: 1st

3.674

3.674

3.458

 

Ratio: 2nd

2.217

2.217

1.458

 

Ratio: 3rd

1.432

1.432

1.000

 

Ratio: 4th

1.000

1.000

N/A

 

Ratio: 5th

N/A

0.825

N/A

 

Final Drive Ratio

3.909

3.909

3.909

 

 
  Type: Re-circulating Ball
  Overall Ratio: Variable 17-20:1
  Turns (Lock to Lock): 3.7
  Turning Circle: 31.5 feet

 

 
 

Front:

Independent McPherson Strut with Anti-Roll Bar and Tension Rods, Coil Springs.

 

Rear:

 

Live Axle, 4 Trailing Arms, Watt linkage, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar (GS model only)

 

Front Anti Roll Bar:

23mm

 

Rear Anti Roll Bar:

(S) None (GS) 18mm

 

 
  4-speed Manual Transmission : 2,350 lbs. (1,066 kg)
  5-speed Manual Transmission : 2,385 lbs. (1,082 kg)
  3-speed Manual Transmission : 2,410 lbs. (1,093 kg)

 

 


 

 

 

 

No Changes from the previous model (1978)

 

 

 
 

Suggested Retail Price

  S Model:

  GS Model:

 

$6,395

$6,995

EPA Gas Mileage:
Curb Weight:
Wheelbase:
Track Front/Rear:
Length:
Width:
Height:
Ground Clearance:
Fuel Capacity: 

17 City / 26 Highway

2,420 lbs

95.3 inches

55.9 inches / 55.1 inches

168.7 inches

65.9 inches

49.6 inches

6.1 inches

14.5 US Gallons (52.2 Liters)

 

Available Options:

 
 

  Alloy Wheels
  Air Conditioning
  3-Speed Automatic
  Sunroof
  California Emissions

$250

$525

$355

$275

$75

 

 
  Engine Type: Twin Rotor 12A
  Displacement: 1,146 cc / 70 Cubic Inches
  Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
  Output (HP): 100 BHP @ 6000 rpm
  Torque: 105 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
  Fuel Supply: Two stage, 4 barrel carburetor

 

 
 

Transmission:

4-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

3-Speed Automatic

 

Ratio: 1st

3.674

3.674

3.458

 

Ratio: 2nd

2.217

2.217

1.458

 

Ratio: 3rd

1.432

1.432

1.000

 

Ratio: 4th

1.000

1.000

N/A

 

Ratio: 5th

N/A

0.825

N/A

 

Final Drive Ratio

3.909

3.909

3.909

 

 
  Type: Re-circulating Ball
  Overall Ratio: Variable 17-20:1
  Turns (Lock to Lock): 3.7
  Turning Circle: 31.5 feet

 

 
 

Front:

Independent McPherson Strut with Anti-Roll Bar and Tension Rods, Coil Springs.

 

Rear:

 

Live Axle, 4 Trailing Arms, Watt linkage, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar (GS model only)

 

Front Anti Roll Bar:

23mm

 

Rear Anti Roll Bar:

(S) None (GS) 18mm

 

 
  4-speed Manual Transmission : 2,350 lbs. (1,066 kg)
  5-speed Manual Transmission : 2,385 lbs. (1,082 kg)
  3-speed Manual Transmission : 2,410 lbs. (1,093 kg)

 

 


 

 

 

 

The first generation Rx7 hardly changed in 1980. However, Mazda made the radio antenna about 8 inches longer, the ignition system was converted to electrical, which did away with the old points system, and they also added rubber below the rear bumper's rubber strip.

 

Added in 1980 was the option for full vinyl upholstery. Later in the year, a Leather Sport package was made available. This package added an LS badge, full leather upholstery, sunroof, and gold-colored alloys.

 

 

 
 

Suggested Retail Price

  S Model:

  GS Model:

  LS Model:

 

$6,395

$6,995

Price N/A

EPA Gas Mileage:
Curb Weight:
Wheelbase:
Track Front/Rear:
Length:
Width:
Height:
Ground Clearance:
Fuel Capacity: 

17 City / 26 Highway

2,420 lbs

95.3 inches

55.9 inches / 55.1 inches

168.7 inches

65.9 inches

49.6 inches

6.1 inches

14.5 US Gallons (52.2 Liters)

 

Available Options:

 
 

  Alloy Wheels
  Air Conditioning
  3-Speed Automatic
  Sunroof
  California Emissions

$250

$525

$355

$275

$75

 

 
  Engine Type: Twin Rotor 12A
  Displacement: 1,146 cc / 70 Cubic Inches
  Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
  Output (HP): 100 BHP @ 6000 rpm
  Torque: 105 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
  Fuel Supply: Two stage, 4 barrel carburetor

 

 
 

Transmission:

4-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

3-Speed Automatic

 

Ratio: 1st

3.674

3.674

3.458

 

Ratio: 2nd

2.217

2.217

1.458

 

Ratio: 3rd

1.432

1.432

1.000

 

Ratio: 4th

1.000

1.000

N/A

 

Ratio: 5th

N/A

0.825

N/A

 

Final Drive Ratio

3.909

3.909

3.909

 

 
  Type: Re-circulating Ball
  Overall Ratio: Variable 17-20:1
  Turns (Lock to Lock): 3.7
  Turning Circle: 31.5 feet

 

 
 

Front:

Independent McPherson Strut with Anti-Roll Bar and Tension Rods, Coil Springs.

 

Rear:

 

Live Axle, 4 Trailing Arms, Watt linkage, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar (GS model only)

 

Front Anti Roll Bar:

23mm

 

Rear Anti Roll Bar:

15mm

 

 
  4-speed Manual Transmission : 2,350 lbs. (1,066 kg)
  5-speed Manual Transmission : 2,385 lbs. (1,082 kg)
  3-speed Manual Transmission : 2,410 lbs. (1,093 kg)

 

 


 

 

 

 

The first generation had its largest facelift in 1981. For many reasons, Mazda added more aerodynamic front and rear bumpers, and wider trimming which blended into the bumpers much more efficiently.

 

A redesigned and in my opinion, much better looking front spoiler was added. For emissions sake a pair of catalytic converters were added and a "split-air" exhaust system was added. This system pumped fresh air from the air pump to either the exhaust ports or the second catalytic converter, to reduce emissions.

 

Also, a "shutter valve" in the intake manifold was designed to shut off the gas and air from the rear rotor while the car was decelerating. This raised the city and highway gas mileage by about 20%!  New, redesigned alloys was another exterior change for 1981. The GSL model replaced the Leather Sport package. The GSL included rear disc brakes, aluminum wheels, and a sunroof, and it made leather interior as an option.

 

The price for this model was an all-time high of $11,400.

 

 

 
 

Suggested Retail Price

  S Model:

  GS Model:

  GSL Model:

 

$8,595

$9,095

$10,495

EPA Gas Mileage:
Curb Weight:


Wheelbase:
Track Front/Rear:
Length:
Width:
Height:
Ground Clearance:
Fuel Capacity: 

21 City / 30 Highway

2,345 lbs (5-speed)

2,380 lbs (Automatic)

95.3 inches

55.9 inches / 55.1 inches

170.1 inches

65.7 inches

49.6 inches

5.7 inches

16.6 US Gallons (59.8 Liters)

 

Available Options:

 
 

  Alloy Wheels
  Air Conditioning
  3-Speed Automatic
  Sunroof
  California Emissions

$250

$525

$355

$275

$75

 

 
  Engine Type: Twin Rotor 12A
  Displacement: 1,146 cc / 70 Cubic Inches
  Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
  Output (HP): 100 BHP @ 6000 rpm
  Torque: 105 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
  Fuel Supply: Two stage, 4 barrel carburetor

 

 
 

Transmission:

5-Speed Manual

3-Speed Automatic

 

 

Ratio: 1st

3.674

3.458

 
 

Ratio: 2nd

2.217

1.458

 
 

Ratio: 3rd

1.432

1.000

 
 

Ratio: 4th

1.000

N/A

 
 

Ratio: 5th

0.825

N/A

 
 

Ratio: Reverse

3.542

2.181

 
 

Final Drive Ratio

3.909

3.909

 

 

 
  Type: Re-circulating Ball
  Overall Ratio: Variable 17-20:1
  Turns (Lock to Lock): 3.7
  Turning Circle: 31.5 feet

 

 
 

Front:

Independent McPherson Strut with Anti-Roll Bar and Tension Rods, Coil Springs.

 

Rear:

Live Axle, 4 Trailing Arms, Watt linkage, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar

 

Front Anti Roll Bar:

23mm

 

Rear Anti Roll Bar:

15mm

 

 
  5-speed Manual Transmission : 2,335 lbs. (1,059 kg)
  3-speed Manual Transmission : 2,360 lbs. (1,071 kg)

 

 


 

 

 

 

No vehicle or model line-up changes.

 

 

 
 

Suggested Retail Price

  S Model:

  GS Model:

  GSL Model:

 

$8,595

$9,095

$10,495

EPA Gas Mileage:
Curb Weight:


Wheelbase:
Track Front/Rear:
Length:
Width:
Height:
Ground Clearance:
Fuel Capacity: 

21 City / 30 Highway

2,345 lbs (5-speed)

2,380 lbs (Automatic)

95.3 inches

55.9 inches / 55.1 inches

170.1 inches

65.7 inches

49.6 inches

5.7 inches

16.6 US Gallons (59.8 Liters)

 

Available Options:

 
 

  Alloy Wheels
  Air Conditioning
  3-Speed Automatic
  Sunroof
  California Emissions

$250

$525

$355

$275

$75

 

 
  Engine Type: Twin Rotor 12A
  Displacement: 1,146 cc / 70 Cubic Inches
  Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
  Output (HP): 100 BHP @ 6000 rpm
  Torque: 105 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
  Fuel Supply: Two stage, 4 barrel carburetor

 

 
 

Transmission:

5-Speed Manual

3-Speed Automatic

 

 

Ratio: 1st

3.674

3.458

 
 

Ratio: 2nd

2.217

1.458

 
 

Ratio: 3rd

1.432

1.000

 
 

Ratio: 4th

1.000

N/A

 
 

Ratio: 5th

0.825

N/A

 
 

Ratio: Reverse

3.542

2.181

 
 

Final Drive Ratio

3.909

3.909

 

 

 
  Type: Re-circulating Ball
  Overall Ratio: Variable 17-20:1
  Turns (Lock to Lock): 3.7
  Turning Circle: 31.5 feet

 

 
 

Front:

Independent McPherson Strut with Anti-Roll Bar and Tension Rods, Coil Springs.

 

Rear:

Live Axle, 4 Trailing Arms, Watt linkage, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar

 

Front Anti Roll Bar:

23mm

 

Rear Anti Roll Bar:

15mm

 

 
  5-speed Manual Transmission : 2,335 lbs. (1,059 kg)
  3-speed Manual Transmission : 2,360 lbs. (1,071 kg)

 

 


 

 

 

 

Very few noticeable changes were made in 1983. However, Mazda did remove the 85-mph speedometer and replaced it with a much more realistic 130-mph speedometer when the US government removed a needless limitation on speedometers.

 

Very few engine modifications were made except that the oil cooler was moved from under the radiator to under the oil filter.

 

A Limited Edition model was released in 1983. The Limited was based on the GS and every one of them was painted "Chateau Silver" with red pin-striping and special 14x5.5 inch wide alloys with 195/60HR14 tires.

 

Many automotive writers and magazines began referring to the RX-7 as aging, but they complimented it at the same time by naming it the "Best for the Money" in its class and saying it was slower but also cheaper.

 

 

 
 

Suggested Retail Price

  S Model:

  GS Model:

  GSL Model:

  Limited Edition:

 

$8,595

$9,095

$10,495

Price N/A

EPA Gas Mileage:
Curb Weight:


Wheelbase:
Track Front/Rear:
Length:
Width:
Height:
Ground Clearance:
Fuel Capacity: 

21 City / 30 Highway

2,345 lbs (5-speed)

2,380 lbs (Automatic)

95.3 inches

55.9 inches / 55.1 inches

170.1 inches

65.7 inches

49.6 inches

5.7 inches

16.6 US Gallons (59.8 Liters)

 

Available Options:

 
 

  Alloy Wheels
  Air Conditioning
  3-Speed Automatic
  Sunroof
  California Emissions

$250

$525

$355

$275

$75

 

 
  Engine Type: Twin Rotor 12A
  Displacement: 1,146 cc / 70 Cubic Inches
  Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
  Output (HP): 100 BHP @ 6000 rpm
  Torque: 105 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
  Fuel Supply: Two stage, 4 barrel carburetor

 

 
 

Transmission:

5-Speed Manual

3-Speed Automatic

 

 

Ratio: 1st

3.674

3.458

 
 

Ratio: 2nd

2.217

1.458

 
 

Ratio: 3rd

1.432

1.000

 
 

Ratio: 4th

1.000

N/A

 
 

Ratio: 5th

0.825

N/A

 
 

Ratio: Reverse

3.542

2.181

 
 

Final Drive Ratio

3.909

3.909

 

 

 
  Type: Re-circulating Ball
  Overall Ratio: Variable 17-20:1
  Turns (Lock to Lock): 3.7
  Turning Circle: 31.5 feet

 

 
 

Front:

Independent McPherson Strut with Anti-Roll Bar and Tension Rods, Coil Springs.

 

Rear:

Live Axle, 4 Trailing Arms, Watt linkage, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar

 

Front Anti Roll Bar:

23mm

 

Rear Anti Roll Bar:

15mm

 

 
  5-speed Manual Transmission : 2,335 lbs. (1,059 kg)
  3-speed Manual Transmission : 2,360 lbs. (1,071 kg)

 

 


 

 

 

 

As public interested in the now aging Rotary Rocket dwindled, Mazda tried to revamp its creation by making an almost completely mechanically-different RX-7 which was named the GSL-SE.

 

The GSL-SE's exterior was very similar to the past models, but Mazda had a surprise waiting under the hood.... the GSL-SE held a 13B rotary engine instead of the aged 12A. The 13B used the new 6PI, "Six Port Induction" for a broader torque spread and a new fuel injection system which Mazda called EGI, "Electronic Gas Injection".

 

Mazda also added DEI, "Dynamic Effect Intake" which utilized the basic "surge" phenomenon peculiar to the rotary engine to maximize its fuel intake through the new 6PI system. The 5-speed manual transmission was still standard but it was upgraded with a stronger clutch, and the automatic transmission is not available on GSL-SE.

 

On the exterior, Mazda vamped up the RX-7 with new 12-spoke 5.5 x 14 aluminum wheels on GSL-SE. These rims used 205/60VR14 size tires. Mazda helped cure the loose tail-end of the RX-7 by dropping the rear trailing arms by about 20mm.

 

Also, to aid in stopping, the brakes were upgraded by making the front and rear disc brakes vented.... this was made a standard option. As proof that Mazda made the right decisions during its redesign, Motor Trend ran tests between the RX-7, Toyota Supra, and the Nissan 300ZX and recorded the RX-7 at an amazing 0.88g on the skid pad. That score even beats the second generation Turbo II! Unfortunately, with these improvements the price was raised some to about $16,100, but it was well worth it.

 

The other models received the option of a 4-speed automatic. The power steering was made optional on all models.

It was determined that the rear suspension alteration should be applied to all the RX-7 models.

 

 

 
 

Suggested Retail Price

  S Model:

  GS Model:

  GSL Model:

  GSL-SE Model:

 

$8,595

$9,095

$10,495

$16,125

EPA Gas Mileage:

 
Curb Weight:

 


Wheelbase:
Track Front/Rear:
Length:
Width:
Height:
Ground Clearance:
Fuel Capacity: 

12A: 21 City / 30 Highway

13B: 16 City / 23 Highway

2,345 lbs (5-speed)

2,380 lbs (AT / S, GS, GSL)

2,590 lbs (GSL-SE)

95.3 inches

55.9 inches / 55.1 inches

170.1 inches

65.7 inches

49.6 inches

5.7 inches

16.6 US Gallons (59.8 Liters)

 

Available Options:

 
 

  Alloy Wheels
  Air Conditioning
  4-Speed Automatic

  (N/A on GSL-SE)
  Sunroof
  California Emissions

$250

$525

$355

 

$275

$75

 

  (S / SG / GSL)
  Engine Type: Twin Rotor 12A
  Displacement: 1,146 cc / 70 Cubic Inches
  Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
  Output (HP): 100 BHP @ 6000 rpm
  Torque: 105 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
  Fuel Supply: Two stage, 4 barrel carburetor

 

  (GSL-SE)
  Engine Type: Twin Rotor 13B
  Displacement: 1,308 cc / 80 Cubic Inches
  Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
  Output (HP): 135 BHP @ 6000 rpm
  Torque: 133 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
  Fuel Supply: Electronic Fuel Injection

 

 
 

Transmission:

5-Speed Manual

(GSL-SE)

5-Speed Manual

(S / GS / GSL)

4-Speed Automatic

(S / GS / GSL)

 

Ratio: 1st

3.622

3.674

3.458
 

Ratio: 2nd

2.186

2.217

1.458
 

Ratio: 3rd

1.419

1.432

1.000
 

Ratio: 4th

1.000

1.000

0.80.80000
 

Ratio: 5th

0.758

0.825

N/A
 

Ratio: Reverse

3.439

3.542

2.181
 

Final Drive Ratio

4.076

3.909

3.909

 

  (S / SG / GSL)
  Type: Re-circulating Ball
  Overall Ratio: Variable 17-20:1
  Turns (Lock to Lock): 3.7
  Turning Circle: 31.5 feet

 

  (GSL-SE)
  Type: Re-circulating Ball, Power Assist Optional
  Overall Ratio: Variable 17-20:1 or 15.83:1 with Power Assist
  Turns (Lock to Lock): 3.4
  Turning Circle: 32.8 feet

 

 
 

Front:

Independent McPherson Strut with Anti-Roll Bar and Tension Rods, Coil Springs.

 

Rear:

Live Axle, 4 Trailing Arms, Watt linkage, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar

 

Front Anti Roll Bar:

23mm

 

Rear Anti Roll Bar:

15mm

 

 
  5-speed Manual Transmission (S / GS / GSL): 2,335 lbs. (1,059 kg)
  5-speed Manual Transmission (GSL-SE): 2,640 lbs. (1,198 kg)
  4-speed Manual Transmission (S / GS / GSL): 2,300 lbs. (1,043 kg)

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

No changes. The RX-7 line-up remained the same for 1985, as Mazda prepared for it's long awaited unveiling of the second generation RX-7.

 

 

 
 

Suggested Retail Price

  S Model:

  GS Model:

  GSL Model:

  GSL-SE Model:

 

$8,595

$9,095

$10,495

$16,125

EPA Gas Mileage:

 
Curb Weight:

 


Wheelbase:
Track Front/Rear:
Length:
Width:
Height:
Ground Clearance:
Fuel Capacity: 

12A: 21 City / 30 Highway

13B: 16 City / 23 Highway

2,345 lbs (5-speed)

2,380 lbs (AT / S, GS, GSL)

2,590 lbs (GSL-SE)

95.3 inches

55.9 inches / 55.1 inches

170.1 inches

65.7 inches

49.6 inches

5.7 inches

16.6 US Gallons (59.8 Liters)

 

Available Options:

 
 

  Alloy Wheels
  Air Conditioning
  4-Speed Automatic

  (N/A on GSL-SE)
  Sunroof
  California Emissions

$250

$525

$355

 

$275

$75

 

  (S / SG / GSL)
  Engine Type: Twin Rotor 12A
  Displacement: 1,146 cc / 70 Cubic Inches
  Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
  Output (HP): 100 BHP @ 6000 rpm
  Torque: 105 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
  Fuel Supply: Two stage, 4 barrel carburetor

 

  (GSL-SE)
  Engine Type: Twin Rotor 13B
  Displacement: 1,308 cc / 80 Cubic Inches
  Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
  Output (HP): 135 BHP @ 6000 rpm
  Torque: 133 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
  Fuel Supply: Electronic Fuel Injection

 

 
 

Transmission:

5-Speed Manual

(GSL-SE)

5-Speed Manual

(S / GS / GSL)

4-Speed Automatic

(S / GS / GSL)

 

Ratio: 1st

3.622

3.674

3.458
 

Ratio: 2nd

2.186

2.217

1.458
 

Ratio: 3rd

1.419

1.432

1.000
 

Ratio: 4th

1.000

1.000

0.80.80000
 

Ratio: 5th

0.758

0.825

N/A
 

Ratio: Reverse

3.439

3.542

2.181
 

Final Drive Ratio

4.076

3.909

3.909

 

  (S / SG / GSL)
  Type: Re-circulating Ball
  Overall Ratio: Variable 17-20:1
  Turns (Lock to Lock): 3.7
  Turning Circle: 31.5 feet

 

  (GSL-SE)
  Type: Re-circulating Ball, Power Assist Optional
  Overall Ratio: Variable 17-20:1 or 15.83:1 with Power Assist
  Turns (Lock to Lock): 3.4
  Turning Circle: 32.8 feet

 

 
 

Front:

Independent McPherson Strut with Anti-Roll Bar and Tension Rods, Coil Springs.

 

Rear:

Live Axle, 4 Trailing Arms, Watt linkage, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar

 

Front Anti Roll Bar:

23mm

 

Rear Anti Roll Bar:

15mm

 

 
  5-speed Manual Transmission (S / GS / GSL): 2,335 lbs. (1,059 kg)
  5-speed Manual Transmission (GSL-SE): 2,640 lbs. (1,198 kg)
  4-speed Manual Transmission (S / GS / GSL): 2,300 lbs. (1,043 kg)