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Mazda Roadpacer

The Mazda Roadpacer was introduced in 1975 to Japan

Click on this link for a history page written in Japanese http://history.mazda.co.jp/RotaryStory/Graffiti/Part2/09.html

Engine
Mazda 13B Rotary 654cc
power: 135ps/6000rpm
torque 19kg-m/4000rpm

Weight
1575kg

Seating Capacity : 5

Top speed 157km/h

Line from http://www.millville.org/Workshops_f/kess_mech/tools/1tools/vehicles.html

75-78 Mazda Roadpacer 4dr sedan 13B.

This was sent to me from Jamie:

this is from a 1979 car catalogue i have
MAZDA ROADPACER SEDAN
ENGINE - 13B 39.9CU X 2,654CC X 2

 COMP RATIO 9.4:1

MAX HP 135 AT 6,000RPM,
MAX TORQUE 138LB PER FT

 HITACHI DOWNDRAUGHT 4 BARREL CARB

 ELECTRIC FUEL PUMP

 WATER COOLED 9LT

 OIL COOLER 6.3LT.
TRANSMISSION - DRIVE REAR WHEELS

 JATCO AUTO TRANSMISSION,
 3 RATIOS,1ST:2.458, 2ND:1.458, 3RD:1, FINAL DRIVE 4.444

 RIM WIDTH 5"

PERFORMANCE
MAX SPEED 103MPH/165KPH
11.7KG PER HP

CARRYING CAPACITY 480KG

FUEL CONSUMPTION: NOT DECLARED (FOR OBVIOUS REASONS).

BRAKES -
FRONT DISC INTERNAL FINS
 REAR DRUMS
 DUAL CIRCUIT SERVO.

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT :
WHEEL BASE 283CM,
FRONT/REAR TRACK 153CM,
WIDTH 188CM,
LENGTH 485CM,
HEIGHT 146CM,
GROUND CLEARANCE 16CM,
WEIGHT 1575KG,
TURNING CIRCLE 12.6MT

FUEL TANK 75LT

BODY - 4 DOOR SEDAN, 5-6 SEATS, FRONT BENCH SEAT.

OPTIONS - SEPARATE FRONT SEATS.

COST - 3,835,000 YEN (EX WORKS)

this cost is astronomical when you compare it to their Cosmo RE LTD Coupe
(top of range luxury sports coupe)which was 1,855,000 yen at the time. this equates to more than twice the price. like having a $145,000 holden compared to a $70,000 statesman caprice. i think it was built to be in the market against the TOYOTA CENTURY (V8), NISSAN PRESIDENT (V8) and to a lesser extent MISTUBISHI DEBONAIR (4 cyl). these were top line limo cars for diplomats and company execs. the other three are still made today,the nissan and toyota are almost the same as they were in 1979 but with lexus/infiniti motors.

 

a quote from http://www.scuderiaciriani.com/rx7/history.html

"Mazda's best year sure wasn't 1974. Thanks largely to the OPEC oil crisis, sales of rotary vehicles, which were quickly cementing the 'gas guzzler' title, took a sharp dive. As a result, Mazda canned all concept car development and future monster-sized engines such as the 15A and 21A. "

"But Mazda was still committed to the rotary engine. Come 1975, two new rotary vehicles were introduced in an effort to lift ailing sales figures. The first, the RoadPacer AP, came in March - targeted at the of the Japanese passenger car market. October saw the second new rotary hit the Japanese streets - the RX-5 (known as the Cosmo in most markets other than Aus.) was aimed directly at the US market. "

Some More links

http://www.asmic.com/rotary/ee_graf7.htm

http://www.auto.vl.ru/catalog/mazda/roadpacer/

http://www.motorshow.or.jp/eng/data_library/car_history/1975/1975_3.html