The world of motorsports is an exciting realm where performance meets speed interspersed with agility, nifty handling, and of course, good looks. A look at the Japanese sports car list can quickly tell you who’s who in sport racing, and what models you can actually buy from secondhand exporters today. These are the most popular roadsters in history, so put your seatbelts on and brace yourself for the ride.
Toyota 2000 GT – This car has the reputation of being Japan’s first real sports car, and is now a sought-after collector’s item, always fetching a high price in auctions because of its rarity—only 337 were ever produced!
Nissan Skyline GT-R – Known for its twin-turbo inline 6 engine, this high-powered all-wheel drive roadster is the flagship of Nissan performance.
Datsun 240Z – Sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z, this model features a 2.4-liter straight-6 engine and rear wheel drive.
Honda Integra Type R – Styled to perfection, the Integra Type R is a nifty and reliable roadster that can round even the sharpest curves at high speed.
Toyota Supra – A favorite among motorsport enthusiasts and tuners, the Supra is equipped with the most powerful engine produced in Japan: the 2JZ-GTE. Its 3.0-liter 6 twin-turbo generates a whopping 320 horsepower; it can be modified to come up with 500 hp. It has a top speed of 158 miles per hour and can zoom to 60 mph in just 5 seconds.
Nissan 300ZX – It has a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 280hp, accelerating almost as fast as the Supra—0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. It’s often overlooked, but it’s definitely on this Japanese sports car list.
Mazda RX-7 FD – Mazda is known for its rotary engine; the RX-7 has it which makes the car go up to 150 mph, and accelerate to 60mph in 6 seconds.
Honda Prelude – Powered by a 2.2-liter VTEC engine, the Prelude is an affordable means of reaching a top speed of 140 mph, and it accelerates quite quickly too—zero to sixty mph in a little over seven seconds.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution – Mitsubishi may not be a popular brand when it comes to passenger sedans, but the Lancer Evolution is an exception with its 3.0-liter turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive system.
Subaru Impreza WRX STi – The Subaru is always a delight to have in any race—or road for that matter—with its flat 4-boxer style engine and all-wheel drive.
If you see something you like on this Japanese sports car list, you might want to check out the stocks of pre-owned cars for sale from Japan. You might just find your sports car there!