Since the late 1960s, Japanese car brands have treated us with madness, intelligence, excitement, invisibility, excellent technical, often cheap and usually very reliable sports cars. Japanese craftsmanship with these seven interesting designs.
Datsun 240Z (1969)
In the sixties, Japanese cars were seen mainly as a small imitation of American warships. In 1969, the Datsun 240Z was severely damaged by this image. It costs only $ 3500 in the United States, making it cheaper than the competition. Most Americans fall by the wayside, but performance is not bad either. Thanks to the 150 hp six-cylinder line engine, the 240Z runs well beyond the magical limit of 200 km / h. Nor should he be ashamed of his driving habits. The European version is slightly stronger with 130 hp.
Lexus LFA (2010)
Only 500 Lexus LFAs were built, one every day. The last one left the factory on December 12, 2012. The LFA is a unique car and is undoubtedly the best Japanese sports car ever made. This is reflected in its high price of 375,000 euros. The expected 510 hp V10 was developed specifically for LFA, at the Motomachi factory where the LC is now off the production line. Usually Japanese: only the best engineers were allowed to work on the engine and the signature of the shift engineer is on the engine block.
Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 (1999)
The Nissan GT-R (Gran Turismo-Racing) nickname says a lot about its reputation: Godzilla; a dinosaur who is awakened by a nuclear test and transformed into a giant monster. Datsun already released the GT-R from 1969 to 1973, but its real popularity came when, like Godzilla, it came back to life in 1989. R34 is one of the most popular versions and became the most popular thanks to its role in 2. Fast 2 Furious, with Paul Walker. After 2002 there was another five years without Godzilla, but in 2007 GT-R returned to production.
Honda NSX (1990)
What made the Honda NSX disappear on Porsche and Ferrari. The two-man super sports car was thought out technically and technically. During the promotion, Ayrton helped Senna complete the reorganization of the sensible chassis. The Honda NSX V6 is famous for its large redesign range. Power reaches a peak of 7300 rpm, with the engine delivering 274 hp. High torque is also achieved only at very high speeds: 284 Nm at 5400 rpm.
Toyota Supra (1978)
Supra may have a heavy German accent these days, but its predecessors are Japanese like Mount Fuji. For the first time in 1978, this Toyota was still called the Celica Supra. Its internal six-cylinder engine with 110 hp was delivered from the famous 2000GT, probably the first Japanese main car. Six years later, Celica and Supra became different models. The curtain fell in 2002, until Supra reappeared in 2019 under the wings of a BMW. Another special fact: in 1981 Supra was the first car with a built-in navigation system.
Mazda RX-7 (1978)
The public must have been shocked when Mazda introduced the RX-7. It looked very different from all the other Mazdas and, according to critics, had a suspicious resemblance to the Porsche 924. The aerodynamic appearance of the sports car was written by Matasaburo Maeda, father of current Mazda design boss Ikuo Maeda. The RX-7 was famous for its turn lights and its Wankel engine, which was greatly improved by the Japanese. The RX-7 sold well in the United States, Japan and Europe.
Honda S2000 (1999)
With its long nose, rear seats in the rear axle, rear-wheel drive and textile roof, the S2000 is road based on classic recipes. The Honda S2000 came on the market in 1999. Its only piece of resistance is the engine. The standard 2.0 liter barrier did not deliver up to 6000 rpm, but was adjusted to a sharper camshaft profile (VTEC) on top of that. The result was a 240 hp output at 8300 rpm. The crankshaft continued to spin at high speed and speed, until the rev limit was reached at a speed of 9000 per hour.