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    90's japanese sports cars top 5

    That's my tribute to all the japanese makers that in the end of the 80's to the 90's manufactured some of the best worldwide sports cars. They were all strangely stock limited to around 280 bhp (anyone knows exactly why?) and thanks in part to japanese videogames (Gran Turismo, of course) are now our generation heroes.
    So here's my top 5 favourite ones:

    1997 NSX Type S Zero: With an engine redesign from 3.0 to 3.2 litres and those BBS wheels are the definitive NSX versions (I don't really like the restyled versions) . Zero meant that it was a special lightened version. Sadly only available in Japan.


    1999 Honda S2000 Type V (the European stock)
    The great VTEC screaming at 9.000 without any roof means that is THE japanese Roadster.


    1994 Mazda Roadster 1.8
    Of course the little Miata It was launched in 1989 as an attempt to relaunch the little english roadster (MGBs, Sprites, TR6...) and they absolutely did it. In 1994 first appeared the 1.8L 131 BHP


    2002 Mazda RX7 Spirit R
    The last and rarest of all the last gen RX7. Launched in 1992, with a 1.3L bi-rotor wankel engine producing 276 BHP.


    Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VI Tommi Makinnen Edition.
    With some very cool side stripes and some special mechanical features. It's for me the coolest Evo ever. As simple as this.
    Last edited by Kimo_SpeedSix; November 9th, 2009, 8:30 PM.

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      #3
      JDM cars have been historically limited by a gentlemen's agreement among manufacturers to 280 horsepower (PS) (276 hp) and a top speed of 180 or 190 km/h, mostly due to safety concerns. The horsepower limit was lifted in 2004.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_domestic_market

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        #4
        a little post-happy, victor?
        "Men with guts attack those corners!" - Keiichi Tsuchiya
        2006 Acura TL and 1999 Mazda Miata

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          #5
          Note to self: 504 Gateway Timeout means "you may or may not have successfully posted but we'll just keep sending you this error page so you have no way to know."

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            #6
            Two Words: Skyline, Supra

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              #7
              Personally there really aren't any 90s Japanese sports cars I don't like.
              Clint ~ 1989 LeBaron GTC TII | 1991 Stealth R/T TT | 2005 Dodge SRT-4

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                #8
                Ahem,



                Now that's out of the way,

                1. NSX
                2. RX-7 FC (they made it until 1992)
                3. R33 GT-R
                4. Supra MkIV
                5. 1st gen MX-5

                Bubbling under: FD-7, Z32, "Art Force" Silvia

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                  #9
                  Agree with all of those and throw in a

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                    #10
                    Cool! A 22B I forgot in the list. That's a + for you

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                      #11
                      My 5 favs:

                      S2000
                      NSX
                      MKIV Supra
                      S14 Silvia
                      FD RX7

                      Skylines are awesome but I prefer RWD.

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                        #12
                        top 5 favorite Japanese sports cars... (in no particular order)

                        FC3S RX-7
                        Z32 300ZX TT
                        ST205 Celica GT-Four*
                        RNN14 GTi-R*
                        BG 323 GTR*

                        *i am going to assume we are lumping homologation specials in with "sports cars" if however this is not the case replace the above with the following: SW20 MR2 Turbo, NA MX-5 1.8L and JZA80 Supra RZ
                        Last edited by The_Finn; November 9th, 2009, 9:03 PM.
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                          #13
                          FD
                          NSX
                          R33
                          Z32
                          Evo5

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Polygon View Post
                            Personally there really aren't any 90s Japanese sports cars I don't like.
                            there is one...

                            i wouldn't call it a sportscar, but i wouldn't call the mx5 that either



                            must be the ugliest car ever

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                              #15
                              MX5 not a sports car? Are you on crack?

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                                #16
                                ^would you call an slk a sportscar?

                                for me, a sportscar has to be focused on performance. the mx5 is just a fun car to drive, but no way hardcore enough to be labelled a sportscar

                                like the S2000, that is in my eyes a sportscar
                                Last edited by bone; November 10th, 2009, 2:30 PM.

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                                  #17
                                  2 seats, rwd, willing engine, open cockpit. What else is it?

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                                    #18
                                    ^crap, let me edit my posts before replying, will you

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                                      #19
                                      S2000
                                      FD RX7
                                      NSX
                                      WRX STI
                                      R34 Skyline GT-R
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                                      '10 Ford Bantam 1.3i | RHD
                                      '09 VW MKV Golf GTI 2.0T DSG | APR Stage 1 | LHD
                                      '08 Honda Civic Coupé | LHD
                                      '06 BMW 130i | RHD
                                      '05 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS | RHD
                                      '05 Ford Bantam 1.3i | RHD
                                      '95 Mercedes Benz E320 Sportline | RHD

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                                        #20
                                        I think you have the wrong idea. My RX7 (with only 138hp) is a sports car. If you drive it, you could not consider it anything else. Same goes for the MX5. Its not terribly fast, but it is light enough to be fairly quick. Sports cars do not require huge amounts of power. Light weight goes a long way.

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