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Our top 3 Japanese Performance Cars of all time!

Our top 3 Japanese Performance Cars of all time!
Sophie Cloud
  • On September 16, 2016

Japanese Performance Cars often offer capability like no other car manufacturer. Many marques contribute to this fame, they include; Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Subaru, Mazda, and Mitsubishi.

We’ve collated together some of our favourite Japanese performance cars of all time, listed the history of them, talked about why we like that particular marque and model so much and included other models within ‘the family’. Who knows, maybe you’ll agree with us? Or maybe you won’t – don’t forget to vote for your favourite at the end of the article… enjoy!

If you want to see some fine examples, head on over here to see a full list of our featured customers with Japanese cars.

Top 3 Japanese Performance Cars

1. Toyota Supra

The production of the Toyota Supra dates back all the way from 1978 to 2002. It’s quite simply a legend in the car world and is widely famous for being able to withstand up to around 1000bhp without swapping the engine. Usually this can be done by fully forging the engine and applying the right supporting modifications.

Many models of the Supra were made throughout the life-cycle of the car. The models were given ‘codes’ in the form of letters and numbers. The first model was the MA45 which was produced from 1978-1980 and produced 123bhp. The penultimate model was the JZA70 which was produced later on from 1990-1993. This model was able to reach 279bhp (for the twin-turbo version).

Toyota Supra

The final version of the Supra was the A80 or the JZA80. This is probably the more common Supra seen on the roads today, in the 20th century. The A80 design process began in the February of 1989. This design process covered a wide range of specialisms: design, product planning, and engineering. By the June / July of 1990 the A80 design concept and plan was given the go ahead from the Toyota Technical Centre (Aichi) however production was not to commence until later that year. The first built were simply ‘tests’ and were created in hand-built A70 bodies during the latter of 1990. These ‘tests’ were shortly followed by the real thing however, and the first A80 prototype was hand-assembled in 1991.

The Supra gives you power, thrills, and design like no other car of it’s time and it’s a car that will live on in the history books forever. The power from the engine as stock is unbelievable and the agility of a car which has improved it’s weight reduction model on model, allows for more flexible driving techniques. This is why, the Supra is number 1 for us!

2. Honda Civic Type-R

The Honda Civic Type-R offers you technology alongside performance. Not only do you feel as though the power is within your grasp, but you know it is from all the dials and added extras making you feel like your in the driving seat of a super machine. The only thing that made this number 2 for us was the size, the later generations are wider with more metal framework as opposed to viewing space. This however, is no where near enough for us to not mention it – the Type-R is not only fun and technological, but it’s also great for day-to-day and a car you feel safe in, come rain or shine.

The longevity and production life cycle of the Honda Civic Type-R is in continuation and has been ever since 1997, all the way up to the present day in 2016. There are 4 different generations of the Honda Civic Type R and each generation containing it’s own chasis (as well as some of them containing special ‘anniversary’ editions and so on.

Honda Civic Type R

1st Generation – has the EK9 chasis and was produced from 1997-2000

2nd Generation – has the EP3 chasis and was produced from 2001-2005. This generation also contained the ’30th anniversary special edition’.

3rd Generation – this generation has 2 different chasis types, with 2 different sets of production years. The FD2 was produced from 2006-2011. This chasis was home to the ‘Mugen RR’ and the ‘Mugen RC’ – the more famous ‘race’ versions of the Civic Type-R. And then there was the FN2 version – which was produced throughout different countires in the world and was known as the ‘European version’.

4th Generation – This has the FK2 chasis and is the newest out of all the models which production only commencing play in 2015 and is still in play now.

3. Nissan Skyline R32 GTR

The Nissan Skyline R32 GTR is a sports car in which was based on the Skyline range. GT-Rs themselves were produced from the year of 1969, for 4 years, up to 1973, however the GT-R was revived by the Skyline R32 in 1989. More so than not, the reasoning behind this were placed on the popularity of the car. Subsequently, the car was given the nickname ‘Godzilla’ and it has stuck with it ever since.

Nissan Skyline R32 GTR

In total, there are 5 generations of the Nissan Skyline. These include:

1st Generation – produced from 1969-1972

2nd Generation – produced in 1973

3rd Generation – produced from 1989-1994 and where the introduction of the R32 came into play.

4th Generation – produced from 1995-1998. This generation saw the introduction / birth of one of the biggest GTR names in history: the NISMO. Two versions were created; the 1996 NISMO – LM Limited and the 1997 NISMO 400R. These cars are known as the R33. The cars come with ‘Limited Edition Factory Fitted Extras’ and the last one was actually produced in an R34 colour. NISMO is Nissan’s Motorsport division – so you can only imagine how incredibly quick these cars are, if you haven’t already been in one!

5th Generation – produced from 1999-2002 and referred to as the R34.

The total production units sold of the R32 Skyline GT-R was incredibly high at 43,934 units. The Skyline itself also proved to be a fan of money of those who know a thing or two about cars. For example, ex-BBC presenter Jeremy Clarkson, named the car as ‘the only true Japanese contribution in the line of supercars’ and as ‘one of the best cars in the world’ as he listed it in his top 100 cars. And we agree with you entirely Jeremy, it is one of the greatest cars in the world, hence why it’s in our list of the top 3 Japanese Performance Cars of all time!

Insurance for Japanese Cars

Safely Insured offer many schemes to insure Japanese cars, depending on the specifics of your car. We can offer: Modified Car Insurance or Imported Car Insurance. For examples of the types of car we cover, why not check out some of our customers in the Customer Car Gallery with Japanese cars? You can find the full list here.

Imported Car Insurance – If you are importing, or have imported your car from overseas, we can provide cover on the following: left-hand drivers, 4x4s, modifications, and young driver friendly (minimum age is 19 with 2 years driving experience). This will also come with breakdown cover.

Modified Car Insurance – We can also cover your Japanese performance car under our ‘modified car insurance’ scheme if preferable. This type of cover / policy allows for: limited mileage discounts, ‘like for like’ modifications cover, agreed valuation, and breakdown cover.

Further information: Japanese Car Insurance | Imported Car Insurance

What’s your favourite Japanese car?

Mk4 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo
Honda Civic Type-R
Nissan Skyline R32 GTR
Subaru Impreza 22b
Toyota Celica Gt-4
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI Makinen Edition

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Further Information: Imported Car Insurance | Modified Car Insurance | Performance Car Insurance | Japanese Car Insurance

Customer Car: Chris' Toyota Supra

Customer Car: Wayne's Nissan Skyline R34 GTR

Customer Car: Harvey's Honda S2000 GT

Customer Car: Jason's 700bhp Toyota Supra

Customer Car: Sophie's Honda S2000

Customer Car: Ryan's Nissan 200 SX S14a

Customer Car: Paul's 749bhp Toyota Supra

Customer Car: Martyn's Nissan Skyline R33 GTR

Customer Car: Amy's Nissan Fairlady Z33