The Toyota Supra RZ is one of my personal favorite Japanese cars of all time.
@shindig: I know everyone hypes on NSX in white and Sienna Red, but have you ever seen a sliver one sitting under a street light at night? F I R E
Surprisingly, I've yet to see an NSX out in the wild. It's only a matter of time, though. I've seen Impreza's, GT-R's and a Celica around here. The Impreza is driven by an old woman and it has, I shit you not, a WRC 555 paintjob.
Thinking about sports cars reminded me that I really wanted a Suzuki Cappuccino. That is, until a coworker of mine got one and within a month or so it was totalled by an 18 wheeler. Apparently it was so small that as the driver of the truck tried to change lanes he couldn't see my coworker's car.
After that it changed from a "Man, I want to drive that." to "Man, I like the design alot."
Toyota MR2 AW11! I've owned one for about 4 years now. I'm slowly coming to terms with the fact I may have to sell it soon to someone who can take better care of it. My next dream Japanese car to own would be a 1990 Honda CR-X VTEC.
That said I'm always supressing an irrational part of my brain that will sell my soul and everything I own to become one with a '77 Toyota Celica GT.
I had my semi joke answer earlier, but my real dream Japanese car is a Nissan Laurel C33. The bones and suspension of a Silvia, in the form of a slightly sporty sedan body, so it's primed for turning it into a VIP car that can drift as well. But I also really want it because it's one of the few cars out there with no B-pillars, and the rear windows do that old-school tilt when you slide them down. Part VIP gangster whip, part drift king. Too bad that they are really rare to come by, and the stock engine is straight illegal in California.
Always liked Acura's style and general marketing/corporate reputation. But I was raised in an extremist Toyota family, and I've happily totaled a hand-me-down Camry and a nearly new Corolla. And now I don't drive because I cannot be trusted to get myself there safely.
If I had $50k and could get any Japanese car without doing too much research, I would 100% go Lexus. Quality over flashiness any day. I really fail to see the point of owning something like a Lamborghini or Ferrai...it's waste. I know car fans want that, but it's means to an end. It's like spending $2000 on a vape rig that is guaranteed to emit the least amount of toxins from the coil instead of buying the $100 rig that is comparable in every way. Yes, I use vape analogies because my brain doesn't work good at night.
Even if I was Musk level of rich, safety is the most important factor. If I'm wealthy and 1000s of people rely on me for income, I'm not gonna drive some supercar that goes 3-4x faster than is reasonably safe.
My Favorite Japanese Car is Mazda MX-5
Yep! Long live the king!
I had an NC1 myself, and miss it so dearly. Top Gear and other motoring journalists were right, the best part about its lack of power is that you get to shift it often, and aggressively. Drive it like you stole it, and you get a very fun experience in a car that is fairly cheap. The NDs up the power:weight and recently updated the power too, which is awesome. Also like that it's smaller than my car.
A runner up for me would be the WRX Wagons (not hatchbacks) of yesteryear.
What I don't understand about Japanese car makers is how they choose what vehicles they want to sell in the US? So, why don't they make 4x4 SUVs anymore? The best selling vehicles worldwide are SUVs. A solid well selling segments of SUVs is the off-road 4x4 type. So, except for Toyota where did these 4x4's go? Sports cars are sadly a very limited market, but SUVs are huge.
Every single Japanese car maker, except Honda, had a Land Rover or Jeep style vehicle in the 1960s to 1980s.
Toyota Land Cruiser FJ
Isuzu Rodeo Bighorn
Suzuki Jimny SJ20
The list above and pictures below are not even the most recent ones, these are just where they started. For isntance, the Isuzu Trooper 1 & 2 were a SUPER popular SUVs in the 1980s 1990s, and now they are gone from the North American market.
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