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 10 A 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 2017, this is Hot Wheel's 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|
|5 / 5||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|
|2 / 5||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||Malaysia||Base code(s): K14|