Modified Drag Battle: 540 Hp Mazda RX-7 Takes On a 590 Hp Ferrari 458 Spider

Can a modified JDM icon keep up with a LibertyWalk Ferrari 458 Spider? Find out below

Two very different 500+ horsepower builds square off on the drag strip

One is a heavily modified Mazda RX-7 while the other is an almost stock Ferrari 458 Spider with a LibertyWalk bodykit. Its rotary vs V-8, turbocharged, vs normally-aspirated, front-engine, vs mid-engine

The Mazda RX-7 has a lot of work done to it

Its 13B twin-rotary engine features a big single turbo, water injection, ECU, and other modifications. It puts down 580 horsepower, which is sent to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual and a 2-way differential

The Ferrari 458 Spider is plenty quick even without the mods

The 4.5-liter V-8 features a new exhaust and air filters, which give a slight bump in power, from 562 to 580 horsepower. The Italian supercar rides on air suspension and has a LibertyWalk widebody kit

The Mazda RX-7 and Ferrari 458 Spider line up for a series of performance tests

First up is the 0-60 mph sprint, which the 458 Spider manages in 3.61 seconds, thanks to launch control and a quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic. The RX-7 takes it easy and manages 4.79 seconds to 60 mph

A quarter-mile drag race reveals, which is the more capable car

With an 11.75-second 1/4-mile time, at 122.71 mph, the Ferrari 458 Spider is the quicker car. That said, the bodykit does result in more drag, compared to a stock 458. The Mazda manages a 1/4-mile time of 13.15 seconds, at 117.75 mph

A rolling race from 50 mph should give the rotary-powered Mazda much needed advantage

However, the Ferrari 458 Spider proves quicker, once again, even when it cannot use its launch control. That said, the Mazda wasn't as far behind as it was in the drag race

The 13B REW rotary engine is the Mazda RX-7's strongest and weakest point, at the same time

The Ferrari 458's flat-plane V-8 is normally-aspirated and revs to 9,000 RPM, which makes it both more responsive and and even more rev-happy than the RX-7's rotary engine

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Do you think the Mazda could have performed better? Would it have mattered? In the end, the RX-7 is an old car and the owner took it easy, especially when launching it. The Ferrari, meanwhile, was ran hard and won convincingly