Idiots Guide: The Japanese 13 – Greatest Sports Cars of the 1990s ‘Golden Era’

Sports cars from the ‘far-east’ are designed fundamentality different from the typical American sports car. They tend to emphasize more high revolution engine quick zip, than African lion roar. More rush of turbo charged air than ground trembling compression. However, at the end of the day the desired result remains the same…speed, lots of speed. In many car enthusiast circles, the decade of the 1990’s is considered the ‘golden age’ of Japanese sports car imports into the United States. Many of these cars had a light, compact design with power plants that were typically aided with the use of turbochargers. Idiots Guide has compiled a list of the classic 13 Japanese sports cars from the 1990’s for your review. So buckle up and listen for the whirl of the turbocharged engines…

 

#13.   1997 Acura Integra R 

1997 Acura Integra Type-R

Rice Burner:  1.8-liter, 16-valve, DOHC inline 4  /  170 hp @7600 rpm

 

#12.   1999 Mitsubishi Lancer 

1999 Mitsubishi Lancer

Rice Burner:  Straight 4   1.3 liter  /  74 HP @ 6000 rpm

 

#11.   1997 Subaru Impreza 

1997-Subaru-Impreza

Rice Burner: Gas Flat 4 Cyl, 2.2L  / AWD 5-speed Manual  /  137 HP @ 5400

 

#10.   1989 Mitsubishi Starion Turbo  *(Sold to Dodge 1990 became Dodge Conquest Turbo) 

1998 Mitsubishi Starion

Rice Burner:  Straight 4  2.6 liter Turbo  /  170 HP / 0 to 60 mph:  7.8 Seconds    

 

#9.   1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX Turbo

1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX

Rice Burner:  2.0 Liter 4 Cylinder GS-T Turbo  /  210 HP 

 

#8.   1997 Mazda Miata 

1997 Mazda Miata

Rice Burner:   1.8 Liter  4 Cylinder  /  133 HP 

 

#7.   1994 Toyota MR2 Turbo 

1994_Toyota_MR2_Turbo

Rice Burner:   2.0 Liter  4 Cylinder Turbo  /   200 HP 

 

#6.   1998 Mitsubishi 3000 GT 

1998 Mitsubishi 3000 GT

Rice Burner:   3.0 Liter  V6 Cylinder  /  320 HP

 

#5.   1997 Mazda RX7 Turbo 

1997 Mazda RX-7

Rice Burner:  1308 cc  R2 Twin Turbo Engine  /   255 BHP  @ 6500 rpm.  

 

#4.   1996 Nissan 300Z Turbo 

1996 Nissan 300ZX

Rice Burner:   3.0 Liter  V6 Cylinder Turbo  /   300 BHP

 

#3.   1999 Honda S2000

1999 Honda S2000

Rice Burner:  DOHC 16 Valve Inline 4 w/ Aluminum Block /  240 BHP @ 7800 rpm

 

 

#2.   1998 Toyota Supra Turbo 

1998 Toyota Supra

Rice Burner:   3.0 Liter V6 Cylinder Turbo  /  320 HP 

 

#1.   1999 Acura  NSX 

1999 Honda NSX

Rice Burner:   3.2 Liter DOHC 24 Valve VTEC 6 Cylinder   /   300 BHP 

 

#Blast from the Past – Honorable Mention – 1967 Mazda Cosmo 

1967 Mazda Cosmo

Rice Burner:  982 cm3 Engine   /   110 HP @ 7000 rpm  /   0 to 60 = 8.2 Seconds