We get behind the wheel of the uber-rare Mazda RX-7 Bathurst Type R thanks to Mazda UK to see how the modern classic Japanese icon fares today.

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The Maxda RX-7 Bathurst Type R is a formidable machine. Built as a last run special to celebrate its victories at Australia’s Bathurst circuit, the RX-7 Type R had its power boosted to 276bhp to bring it in line with the Gentleman’s Agreement that the Japanese manufacturers worked towards, while removing some of the weight. The result was the fastest Mazda RX-7 to date and one that combined brilliant 50/50 weight balance front to rear with the turbocharged 13b rotary engine.

With a production run of just 500 cars, the Mazda RX-7 Bathurst Type R is one of the rarest cars across Mazda’s history and we wanted to know whether the special edition could hold up today. With prices rising over £20,000 for regular, clean FD3 RX-7s, this example with a price tag of probably double that of the regular car still undercuts that of the Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R for example. With that in mind, should you buy a Mazda RX-7? We find out.

It is worth noting that this car is modified; it features a carbon fibre air intake, titanium exhaust, WedsSport Wheels and Toda Fightex suspension.

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