The “FD” generation Mazda RX-7, built from 1992 to 2002, was only imported into North America for its first three years. It was a victim of the usual dollar to yen issues, changing emissions and mileage standards, and – let’s admit it – severe reliability issues.
But the RX-7 continued in production in Japan. When it came time to build the last year of RX-7s, Mazda built 1500 special JDM-only ‘7s, known as the “Spirit R” and yielding up to 280PS HP. All were right hand drive. Except one, built for a Mazda Executive in the United States. Motor Trend magazine drives the only left hand drive RX-7 Spirit R in the world.