Alan Cesar Associate Editor
April 9, 2012 11:28 a.m.

Datsun 240Z vs. Mazda RX-7. We compared the two directly, on a track and everything.

But that doesn't mean it's closed to bench racing: Which corner are you in, blue or yellow?

White_and_Nerdy HalfDork
April 9, 2012 11:33 a.m.

I really like my Mazdas. I almost bought an 86 RX-7 once. But this one has to go to the 240Z in my book.

93EXCivic UltimaDork
April 9, 2012 11:34 a.m.

RX7 because it is so much cheaper.

belteshazzar UltraDork
April 9, 2012 11:38 a.m.

can't lose

N Sperlo UberDork
April 9, 2012 11:45 a.m.

Picture needs memeage.


CLNSC3 Reader
April 9, 2012 11:50 a.m.

I will take the Z personally

jrw1621 PowerDork
April 9, 2012 11:56 a.m.

In before the thread lock ... wait ...

oldtin SuperDork
April 9, 2012 11:58 a.m.

I kinda suspect the rx7 performed better, but I'd rather have the Z

JohnyHachi6 Reader
April 9, 2012 12:02 p.m.

Without having read the article I'd give the nod to the Z - independent suspension and torques please. Plus, I like the looks and interior better.

Javelin UltimaDork
April 9, 2012 12:09 p.m.
belteshazzar wrote: can't lose

This. I've owned an FB RX-7 and a Datsun 280Z and I would love to get my hands on a 240Z or another SA/FB RX-7.

scardeal Dork
April 9, 2012 12:11 p.m.

I'd take the Z, but I'm not biased or anything.

Methinks as well that the Z would've won by the numbers given some better suspension tuning.

oldeskewltoy HalfDork
April 9, 2012 12:11 p.m.

being particular....

a 1970 240Z with a 5 speed and disc brakes from the 280

amg_rx7 HalfDork
April 9, 2012 12:15 p.m.

No question. RX7.

Maybe the Z if it had a rotary...

April 9, 2012 12:15 p.m.

On the fence on this one New friend of the family

Tom_Spangler HalfDork
April 9, 2012 12:27 p.m.
amg_rx7 wrote: No question. RX7. Maybe the Z if it had a rotary...

And I'm exactly the opposite. I'll take the Z, or an engine-swapped RX-7.

DrBoost UberDork
April 9, 2012 12:35 p.m.

Yeah, I'd take the 240. Better sound (in my opinion), and the torques seal the deal. And I'm not loving that NB body anymore.

dculberson Dork
April 9, 2012 12:37 p.m.

Z Z Z Z Z ! Unless it was a V8 swap in the 7, then it would be a tougher choice.

Otto Maddox SuperDork
April 9, 2012 12:57 p.m.

I've had both and I am not sure. They both kick ass.

neon4891 UltimaDork
April 9, 2012 1:16 p.m.

Tie. Both need LSx.

Greg Voth HalfDork
April 9, 2012 2:50 p.m.

I vote RX-7 but might be biased. My car was quicker than the Z anyhow.

It should also be noted that this was run before getting the megasquirt tuned which picked me up about about 20hp at the wheels. It would have then destroyed the Z around the same track.

I spent a good deal of time in the Z. The tq was nice but the steering always felt very heavy and the rear end made a ton of noise. On the other hand My RX-7 with the light flywheel setup, deleted 5th & 6th ports and "wonder" steer was no peach around town either.

Bobzilla SuperDork
April 9, 2012 3:39 p.m.

niether. Not enough pushrods.

Greg Voth HalfDork
April 9, 2012 3:51 p.m.
neon4891 wrote: Tie. Both need LSx.

Oddly enough the RX-7 is getting an LS1/T56 built to LS6 specs.

aussiesmg PowerDork
April 9, 2012 3:58 p.m.

RX7 but I could be biased as well

friedgreencorrado PowerDork
April 9, 2012 4:26 p.m.

I got no dog in this fight. Of course, that means I'm kicking myself for never having had either when they were still plentiful, and good runners were cheap. I've driven both, and I love them. I still think the 7 has better brakes, tho.

thunderzy Reader
April 9, 2012 7:13 p.m.

I would take either one.

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