The 90’s is usually referred to as the “Golden Era” for Japanese sport cars, and with good reason. Rather than focusing on cost efficiencies and mass production, auto manufacturers focused on building cars that perform over cars that just sells.
Here is our list of the Top 5 Japanese cars that will make you miss the 90s.
1. Nissan Skyline GTR R34
The Japanese Supercar, “Godzilla” as the GT-R is commonly referred to. If you loved Japanese cars in the 90’s, you must be familiar with where The Fast and the Furious first started. Not the supercar packed, action driven flicks you see today, The Fast and the Furious franchised started with Brian O’Conner in the streets.
On top of being famously featured in the movie 2 Fast 2 Furious, the R34 was also a step up from its predecessors with a dramatic styling change and handling improvements. Powered by the iconic RB26DETT twin-turbo and the matching AWD system to keep the power on the road, the GT-R has truly cemented its place in history as one of the best Japanese supercars.
2. Mazda RX-7
One of the most beautiful cars even to this day. More than 25 years later, it still looks and performs better than most sport cars in the market today. The reason this car is so special to us is that it’s a balance of beauty and beast.
Under the hood, powered by a 1.3L Twin Turbo @255HP, it’s definitely no slouch on the road. Pair that with a perfect 50/50 front/rear weight balance, low center of gravity, and a light weight body sets the formula for the perfect Japanese tuner car.
4. Toyota Supra
Engine swaps are one of the most sought after modification today with so many low powered Japanese sport cars available today. The most common swaps being the muscle V8 engines primarily used in the corvettes or if you want the heart of a Japanese dragon, you swap your engine with a 2JZ.
The supra 3.0L 2JZ twin-turbo engine is nothing less of perfection. From the amazing reliability of how it handles power to the eargasmic sounds it makes.
5. Nissan Silvia S15
If you have the urge to go sideways in your car, the Nissan S-chassis cars is probably the reason why. The history of the Nissan Silvia in the 90s was built specifically with drifting in mind. It was developed so it would be longer, wider, and lower with the added benefit of a more powerful SR20DET engine to hold that drift till the pavement ends.
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