Meet Rxvette: an LS-powered RX-7

While checking out the latest from our friends over at Nitrous Outlet, we spied down this featured build: a 1989 Mazda RX-& powered by an LS1 known as “Rxvette.” According to the owner, Chris Anderson, Rxvette was intended to be a fully street capable car with full interior and AC with the ability to run an 11-second quarter mile.

“After easily obtaining 11’s I found myself hunting for 10’s and it was made possible with the Nitrous Outlet nozzle kit,” Anderson said. His next goal became a 9-second pass. “The car has been running more street events, but with the plate kit and an upped shot of nitrous, Rxvette should be seeing plenty of 9-second passes in its future.”

Fitted to the 5.7-liter LS1 powering the Mazda is a set of LS6 heads and intake. A Hinsons Supercars swap kit was used as well as an RPM 3 cam, and a 150 hp shot Nitrous Outlet plate system. It has been tuned by Futral Motorsports and is hooked to an RPM 4160e transmission and Ford Racing Cobra 8.8-rear end. Lastly, the engine breathes through an HKS exhaust.

Anderson has always loved Japanese classics and has always been fascinated with the FC chassis. On the outside, the car still retains all the characteristics that make it a classic for Mazda lovers. It has been fitted with a Shine Auto Aero kit, its lowered with Stance GR+ Coilovers, complete with SSR wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson ET street rubber. Inside, a Nardi Steering wheel is used.

Rxvette has retained its Japanese look but surprises you with its American power. Whether you are a fan of V8 swaps or a rotary purist, the overall look and feel of the car is something everyone can appreciate.

For more information on Rxvette or Nitrous Outlet, see Nitrous Outlet. 

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Nicole Ellan James

As an automotive journalist and avid car enthusiast, Nicole Ellan James has a passion for automotive that is reflected in every aspect of her lifestyle. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @nicoleeellan
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