11 Most Popular Japanese Sports Cars

January 27, 2012

This article lists some of the most popular Japanese sports cars in the market today. If you wish to purchase a good sports car you should stay well informed about the best Japanese sports car manufacturers, to get good return for your money.

11 Popular Japanese Sports Cars:


The 240Z sports cars were first launched by Nissan in 1969. They featured a 2.4 liter straight-6 engine, a 5 speed manual transmission, stylish coupe body, front disc brakes, rear drums and a rear wheel drive. The 4 wheel independent suspension had MacPherson struts in front and Chapman struts at the back. Due to its low price, it became popular in the US and lives on in the new Nissan 370Z.

Nissan Skyline GT-R

This was a high powered all wheel drive, four wheel steering car that was powered by a twin turbo inline 6 engine. This technological advantage makes it number 2 on the list of the most popular Japanese sports cars.

Toyota Supra

The 2JZ-GTE is the most powerful engine produced in Japan, and its 3.0 Liter 6 twin turbo engine produces 320 hp which can be modified to produce 500 hp. It can achieve speeds of 158 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 5 seconds.

Honda Integra Type R

This car had lots of race car details and offered shattering performance. It was always reliable even when executing sharp curves at high speeds.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

All the models of this sports vehicle have a 3.0 liter turbo charged engine and a perfect all wheel drive system that make it much sought after by speed lovers.

Nissan 300ZX

The Nissan 300ZX had a twin turbo, 3.0 Liter, 280 hp V6 engine, which could take the car from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 160 mph.

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

The Subaru STi model has a standard all wheel drive and turbocharged flat-4 boxer style engine. This vehicle is a delight to drive. It has also won many rally races and is popular with speed aficionados.

Mazda RX-7 FD

This car had a high revving twin turbo rotary engine that could achieve speeds of 150 mph. The vehicle could go from 1 to 60 mph in 6 seconds. It was very popular and was seen in many movies and television shows. It would have been ranked higher on the list if not for its unreliable rotary engine.

Toyota 2000 GT

This sports car was Japan’s first real sports car. It changed the world’s opinion on Japanese sports cars and paved the way for future Toyota sports cars such as the Celica and the Supra. 

Toyota Celica

The 4WD CelicaGT-4 was released in 1986 and had a powerful Twin-Cam 16V turbo engine and a four wheel drive. It could reach 153 mph and go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds.

Toyota Corolla AE86

This car has a 4A-GEC engine whose power is rated at 112 hp and 100 lbs-pound of torque. It uses ventilated disc brakes, has a rear wheel drive and is extremely popular with Japanese tuners and car collectors alike.

To find a good Japanese sports car that matches your needs, research car dealers online and in person before making a choice.

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