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The Mazda Savanna is a rotary-powered automobile sold by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Mazda between 1971 and 1978. Between 1978 and 1991, spanning two generations, Mazda sold the Savanna replacement as the Mazda Savanna RX-7. Mazda only used the Savanna nameplate in Japan.
For the original 1971 version of Savanna, Mazda fitted its rotary engine to the Mazda Grand Familia to create a separately marketed product. The subsequent two generations, released in 1978 and 1985, respectively—Mazda fitted the rotary engines to a unique coupe body that sold internationally as the Mazda RX-7.
The rotary engine had financial advantages to Japanese consumers in that the engine displacement remained below 1.5 litres, a significant determination when paying the Japanese annual road tax which kept the obligation affordable to most buyers, while having more power than the traditional inline engines.
First generation (S102/S124; 1971–1978)Main article: Mazda Grand Familia
Second generation (SA22C; 1978–1985)Main article: Mazda RX-7
Third generation (FC; 1985–1991)Main article: Mazda RX-7
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