The Mazda RX-3 (Japanese: マツダ RX-三), also called 'Mazda Savanna' (Japanese: マツダ サバンナ) was a compact sports coupe produced by Mazda Motor Corporation from 1971-1978 in Japan and was the predecessor to the Mazda RX-7. The Mazda RX-3 originally was equipped with the same 10 ampere rotary engine as the Mazda Familia Rotary Coupe (also known as the Mazda R100) but RX-3s sold in the US and Canada were equipped with the larger 12 ampere engine used in the Mazda RX-2. The 10A engine's output was 105 hp (78 kW) and 100 lb·ft (135 Nm) of torque. 0-60 mph (0–97 km/h) time was 10.8 seconds. In 1972, a new process for coating the rotor housing was introduced, the Transplant Coating Process (TCP) using sprayed-on steel which was later coated in chrome to increase engine longevity. This was applied to all rotary engines manufactured from 1972 onward.
The Hot Wheels casting portrays a racing-inspired modified RX-3 Coupe with internal roll cage, 3-piece rear wing, Katayama flares and a chevron-shaped front air dam with down-force tunnels on either side. The casting is in left-hand drive, as seen on cars sold in the US, most of Europe and Canada. As of 2019, this is Hot Wheels' oldest model of Mazda in die-cast form.
The Mazda RX-3 has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:
|Col #||Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color / Type||Window Color||Interior Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes / Variations||Photo|
|2016||Car Culture Series: Japan Historics||Metalflake Purple||Black stripes & '3' on sides & hood, 'Advan', NGK logo, JCCS logo & JNC logo on sides||Unpainted Metal||Clear||Dark Grey||C4SPRR||DJF78||Malaysia||Base code(s): H52, J09|
|2017||Car Culture Series: Race Day||Yellow||Green Stripes on sides, hood & roof, '78' on sides & hood, 'NGK' 'Yokohama' & Hotwheels logos on side, 'M. Jones' on roof||Unpainted Metal||Clear||Black||Black C4SPRR||DWH77||Thailand||Base code(s): K14|
|2018||Car Culture Series: Japan Historics 2||Orange||GReddy & JNC logos on lower doors||Unpainted Metal||Clear||Dark grey||CBRR8SP||FLC07||Thailand||Base code(s): K44|
|2019||Fast & Furious Premium: Fast Rewind||Red||Licensed graphics from The Fast and the Furious (2001)||ZAMAC||Clear||Black||CBRR8SP||GHH20||Thailand||Base code(s): M37, M38|
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