Mazda had nearly three decades of experience perfecting the promising but finicky Wankel rotary engine into a reliable powerplant by the time this 1990 model (known as the Savanna RX-7 in the Japanese home market, and simply the RX-7 abroad) hit the scene. The second-generation RX-7 was specifically designed to appeal to the largest market—the United States—by looking at what sports cars were selling well at the time. Because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it’s unlikely the Porsche 944 was offended by the resulting bodywork. Under the hood, though, the Porsche and the Mazda couldn’t be more different. Mazda’s latest rotary, a two-rotor design known as the 13B, saw the addition of a turbocharger and a host of other refinements to bring power (and more importantly, torque) up to 200 and 195 ft-lbs. respectively—providing significantly more straight-line performance. Suspension improvements are also radical compared to the first-generation, particularly the advanced independent rear suspension that replaces the live axle on the older car, and additionally provides a bit of passive rear steering. Not only does the turbocharged RX-7 perform wonderfully, the rotary’s howl is addictive, and you’ll find the 7,000 RPM redline comes up far too often.