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This kind of question drives some FC and FD enthusiasts nuts. Because some like FC's and most of the guys who can afford an FD, get one. A lot of RX7 folks won't admit that's why they have an FC but it's true.

In my opinion, I think that the FC has the better styling when stock. It's very much an 80's car. And if it wasn't for the JDM trend/hellaflush trends the FD wouldn't look as good. It literally looks like a whale on wheels when stock.

But when it comes to aftermarket exterior support, I think the FD can outshine the FC. Have you seen a widebody FC? Shit looks like the Hulk in a bad way.

As for performance, it all the depends on the driver and the modifications done to the car. A S5T can make as much power than a regular FD but without taking into account the different variables (suspension set up, weight, wheel/tire combo, etc.), you'll definitely have a closer race than one may think. But I would take a FD over an FC in that department simply because the FD's suspension (for it's time) was much more advanced than the FC ever was. A modded FC can definitely handle the abuse though.

And meh, if you're a real interior buff, the FD interior is driver orientated/designed. The FC interior is super outdated and reflect it's time period.

And something that always should be considered when owning a car is maintaining it and parts support. For RX7's, FC parts are basically done. Little aftermarket support for the car. And when it comes to maintaining the two, the FC is much simpler. The FD, imo, needs to go through a process just to get it become a reliable car.
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^damn, pretty much broke everything down. I don't think I disagreed with any of the points you brought up lol.

Hate how the FD looks when stock and I still kinda do hate how it looks even after it's gotten the jdm treatment. Plus the fact that it's much harder on the wallet to maintain a FD kinda skews me towards the FC even more. FD = Financial Drain lol
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If I had an FD, it would definitely need an Spirit R treatment. The stock bumper on USDM models look very dated and unattractive.
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^I had no idea they had only one LHD R in the states. That's pretty sweet. Definitely a dream chassis of mine. Not much of a fan of rotaries due to my lack of experience with them (other then getting the 13B out of the car, haha) but I can definitely appreciate them.
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It isn't exactly a "real" Spirit R. It's more of a replica, since everything was retrofitted onto it. There's definitely a few more people with Spirit R reps, although I'm sure none of them are as thorough as the one Mazda made.

Stock for stock, the FC is going to be more reliable, mainly because the common issues that the FC had were very minor. FD's were more complex, which meant more things could possibly go wrong. Age also does play a major factor, and 20+ year old rubber is going to be more brittle than 15 year old stuff. FD's had oil pan leaks by the rear rotor (not a big fix, but something not many people knew about, oil starved rotary=dead rotary) as well as a few electrical gremlins, and a slightly weaker tranny.

I'd go into specifics, but I'm just entirely too lazy to do so. All said and done, if I could afford an FD, I'd have one. But I'll settle for my FC. FD's, IMO are timeless in appearance (silhouette wise, I'd throw a 99spec front end on it ASAP) and have much more potential.

Random note, but koenigseggs use FD rear combo lights.
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In your opinion what would you say is a better car an fc or fd appearence, and performance wise.
[quote="blvckskvle"]In your opinion what would you say is a better car an fc or fd appearence, and performance wise.[/quote] This kind of question drives some FC and FD enthusiasts nuts. Because some like FC's and most of the guys who can afford an FD, get one. A lot of RX7 folks won't admit that's why they have an FC but it's true. In my opinion, I think that the FC has the better styling when stock. It's very much an 80's car. And if it wasn't for the JDM trend/hellaflush trends the FD wouldn't look as good. It literally looks like a whale on wheels when stock. But when it comes to aftermarket exterior support, I think the FD can outshine the FC. Have you seen a widebody FC? Shit looks like the Hulk in a bad way. As for performance, it all the depends on the driver and the modifications done to the car. A S5T can make as much power than a regular FD but without taking into account the different variables (suspension set up, weight, wheel/tire combo, etc.), you'll definitely have a closer race than one may think. But I would take a FD over an FC in that department simply because the FD's suspension (for it's time) was much more advanced than the FC ever was. A modded FC can definitely handle the abuse though. And meh, if you're a real interior buff, the FD interior is driver orientated/designed. The FC interior is super outdated and reflect it's time period. And something that always should be considered when owning a car is maintaining it and parts support. For RX7's, FC parts are basically done. Little aftermarket support for the car. And when it comes to maintaining the two, the FC is much simpler. The FD, imo, needs to go through a process just to get it become a reliable car.
^damn, pretty much broke everything down. I don't think I disagreed with any of the points you brought up lol. Hate how the FD looks when stock and I still kinda do hate how it looks even after it's gotten the jdm treatment. Plus the fact that it's much harder on the wallet to maintain a FD kinda skews me towards the FC even more. FD = Financial Drain lol
If I had an FD, it would definitely need an Spirit R treatment. The stock bumper on USDM models look very dated and unattractive. [img]http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6167/6164596161_5e09de6ca0_b.jpg[/img]
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^I had no idea they had only one LHD R in the states. That's pretty sweet. Definitely a dream chassis of mine. Not much of a fan of rotaries due to my lack of experience with them (other then getting the 13B out of the car, haha) but I can definitely appreciate them.
It isn't exactly a "real" Spirit R. It's more of a replica, since everything was retrofitted onto it. There's definitely a few more people with Spirit R reps, although I'm sure none of them are as thorough as the one Mazda made. Stock for stock, the FC is going to be more reliable, mainly because the common issues that the FC had were very minor. FD's were more complex, which meant more things could possibly go wrong. Age also does play a major factor, and 20+ year old rubber is going to be more brittle than 15 year old stuff. FD's had oil pan leaks by the rear rotor (not a big fix, but something not many people knew about, oil starved rotary=dead rotary) as well as a few electrical gremlins, and a slightly weaker tranny. I'd go into specifics, but I'm just entirely too lazy to do so. All said and done, if I could afford an FD, I'd have one. But I'll settle for my FC. FD's, IMO are timeless in appearance (silhouette wise, I'd throw a 99spec front end on it ASAP) and have much more potential. Random note, but koenigseggs use FD rear combo lights.
Would buy an fd in a heartbeat,but the price is too high in my area :( [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaviw/8242461322/][img]http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8341/8242461322_8f514507bf_z.jpg[/img][/url] [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaviw/8242461322/]Derek and Jinji[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/shaviw/]ShaviW[/url], on Flickr
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