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Top Eight Japanese Sports Cars That Redefined Automotive Excellence

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If there is one country in the world that knows how to build outclass sports cars, that is Japan. Although Japan manufactured some of the best Japanese sports cars in the world in the 1950s, American automobile consumers did not start to take note of them until the late 1960s and early 1970s. 

Around this period, sports automobiles with sporty styling and good fuel efficiency were released, including the Toyota 2000GT, Nissan 240Z, and Honda S800. Japanese sports cars built a solid reputation as competitive alternatives to German sports cars in the 1980s and early 1990s. Japanese sports cars are now known to be reliable, economical, and fun to drive. 

Here is the list of eight remarkable Japanese sports cars of all time 

8. Toyota 2000 GT (1967) 

Widely considered Japan’s first supercar, the 2000 GT is one of the coolest cars ever manufactured. Launched in 1967, this remarkable sports car was powered by a 2.0-liter six-cylinder engine producing horsepower of 150, enough to hit 136 mph. 

The engine was altered in collaboration with Yamaha to include dual overhead camshafts and three double-barrel carburetors. It accelerates to 60 MPH in 10 seconds from a complete stop and reaches its peak speed of 130 MPH in 24 seconds. This vehicle set numerous speed records and even appeared in the 1967 James Bond movie.

Only 337 units of the Toyota 2000 GT were made, with the last car to be manufactured in 1970. With its price reaching beyond a million-dollar mark at auctions in recent years, it is not easy to get your hands on this legend. It is one of the most classic and influential vehicles.

7. Toyota Supra A80 (1993)

The first Toyota Supra was produced in 1978, and after four years of development. The fourth generation was launched in 1993, with a turbocharged version that offered supercar-taming levels of performance. 

The A80 has a sleek appearance reminiscent of the 2000GT. It has a low front end and a rear overhead spoiler that is an option. The Supra Mk4 is designed to be lighter than its predecessor, using carpet fibers and a magnesium alloy steering wheel to increase overall performance and fuel efficiency. 

Toyota Supra is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine producing 320 horsepower with two sequential turbos, enough to hit the speed of 155mph. To get your hands on the Toyota supra second-hand model, you have to pay a whopping price of $82,680.

6. Toyota MR2 (1985)

The first and second generations of Toyota MR2 were worthy of praise, but overall, the second generation was more refined, powerful, and stylish than the previous generation. Toyota manufactured a range of MR2 models for both international and domestic markets. 

The second generation of MR2 was produced from 1985 to 1989. Powered by a 112-hp and 1.6-liter engine, it was slower. The top-range models, however, featured a 2.0-liter 3S GTE engine with 218 horsepower. 

5. Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 (1999)

The Nissan GT-R range of vehicles are some of the most famous sports cars in the world. The R34 generation launched in 1999 was the first true icon from the Skyline series, leaving an everlasting mark in the mainstream. It was a separate model from the rest of the Skyline range and was built from 1999 till August 2002. 

This vehicle retained the same RB26DETT power plant as R32 and R33, but it had more streamlined designs and came with a shorter wheelbase that further assisted its performance. 

The 2.6-liter engine can produce 276 hp and 289 pound-feet of torque, as the company claims. The car’s inline six-speed engine and six-speed manual transmission enable it to reach a peak speed of 156 mph and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 4.9 seconds. This vehicle is available at auction at the selling price of USD 1.18 million (without an auction fee). 

4. Mazda MX-5 (1989)

Even though the latest model of Mazda MX-5 is more complete, efficient, and faster than the first generation, the original icon still holds a special place in our hearts. This vehicle led to the production of excellent sports vehicles in the future. 

Since its launch in 1989, it has become an instant hit and received excellent reception from car fanatics. 

Because of its low weight and excellent performance, the first-generation MX-5 is really smooth to drive. Mazda’s MX-5 was initially only available with a 1.6-liter 16-valve 4-cylinder engine producing 115 horsepower. 

However, a 1.8-liter engine producing 128 horsepower was added for people who want more power. Mazda boosted the MX-5’s power to 133 horsepower in 1996, making driving this vehicle more exciting and fun. 

3. Acura NSX (1999)

Japanese used cars were considered inferior to the top echelon of high-powered machinery until the NSX, a V-6-powered mid-engines sports car, arrived in 1990. This remarkable vehicle was developed by high-tech engineers and perfected by aces of Formula 1 Satoru Nakajima and Senna.

This vehicle gave an excellent run to contemporary Ferraris, proving that with cleaver engineering, the right chassis, and suspension tuning, you can beat the cylinder count. 

The long production space also allowed Honda engineers to perfect this vehicle even more, with NSX-R examples remaining relevant even when the basic layout was in its teens. It was a fantastic and undeniably good vehicle that forced Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini to build better sports vehicles. 

2. Datsun 240Z (1970)

The corvettes and Porches from 1970 were highly costly, and the British sports cars were not that reliable. These realities opened the market and allowed Nissan to fill the space with an astonishing Datsun 240Z. 

Its 2.4-liter inline-six engine has a rumble like that of a Jaguar, with an output of 151 hp and 141 pound-feet of torque. It also has a more expressive look than a Corvette and is constructed like any Porsche. 

The two-door rear-wheel drive sports vehicle outperformed rival Toyota in sales. More than 160,000 Datsun 240Zs were sold in the United States over the first four years of manufacture. The timing for its launch was too good as the price tags of Porches and Corvette were too high making Datsun 240Z a budget-friendly alternative.  This vehicle can go from 0 to 60MPH within 8.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 125 MPH. 

1. Lexus LFA (2010)

It is a true successor to Toyota 2000GT and it’s one of the most improved vehicles manufactured on this planet. In the early 2000s, Lexus and Toyota began working on this vehicle, and early prototypes were frequently viewed at the renowned Nurburgring racing circuit. However, the whole production model was unveiled at the 2009 Tokyo Auto Show. 

Its official appearance with made by LFA at the North American International Auto Show in detail 2005 in Detroit in 2005. The LFA is a beast with a 553hp 4.8-liter V10 with Dual VVT-I. At 8700 rpm, maximum power is provided, while at 6800 rpm, a maximum torque of 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) is produced (90% of torque is produced at 3700 rpm).

Now this power was combined with a lightweight carbon body which means that it had a power-to-weight ratio of 2.67 kg/hp. Also, a Nurburgring package was introduced for the people wanting to increase its power. 

It is no doubt a sophisticated second-hand sports car with high-tech machinery and remarkable performance.  This notable vehicle has a price tag of $375,000, and you can find Lexus LFA for sale in the USA. It proves that Toyota can build the best cars in the world whenever they decide to.

All of them are incredible with marvelous features and have earned reliability for having bulletproof reliability. 

Which one of these cars would you like to have in your Garage?

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