This was originally an honorable mention selection, however I knew we would have received bomb threats. This car is possibly one of the best cars to ever come across our shores from Japan. The Nissan GT-R is all-wheel drive with a twin-turbo 6 cylinder engine, producing 485 bhp at 6400 rpm and 434 lb·ft at 3200-5200 rpm and can reach a top speed of 193 mph and does 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. For good reason, the GT-R has retained its Skyline predecessor’s nickname, “Godzilla”.
The Mazda RX-7 is a sports car by the Japanese automaker Mazda. It was produced from 1978 to 2002, with the third and final iteration of the highly popular RX-7 hitting the streets of Japan in 1992, and America a year later. Power was generated by the first-ever mass-produced sequential twin-turbocharger system to export from Japan, an extremely complex piece of machinery that gave the RX-7 a wide and usable torque curve throughout the entire RPM range. Car and Driver voted it to their 10 Best list ’93-95, and Playboy awarded the RX-7 victor in a head-to-head contest against the Dodge Viper. Handling was world class, and to this day remains one of the finest handling cars of all time thanks in part to its front-mid-engine layout, and its futuristic looks have kept the car looking sexy after all these years. This car still remains one of the most sought after performance cars.
Based off the Celica platform, the Mark IV Supra was a more performance oriented car than previous versions. Utilizing a Sequential Twin Turbo configuration similar to the RX-7, the Supra was capable of 0-60 runs of 4.6 seconds and a top speed in excess of 170mph, all very impressive stats for the mid-’90s. What was most impressive, though, was the durability of the 3L 2JZ-GTE Inline 6. These cars were capable of pavement-pealing 800 to 1000 horsepower figures without major modifications, and as such the Supra developed its own cult following within the tuner market, and remains one of the most highly sought after Japanese sports cars in history. You want one? Good luck finding one unmolested.
The Ford Mustang doesn’t need much of an introduction. Production of the first Mustang began in Dearborn, Michigan on March 9, 1964 and the car was introduced to the public on April 17, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair. The 1965 Mustang won the Tiffany Gold Medal for excellence in American design, the first automobile ever to do so. The Mustang was on the Car and Driver Ten Best list in 1983, 1987, 1988, 2005, and 2006. It won the Motor Trend Car of the Year award in 1974 and 1994. In 2005 it was runner-up to the Chrysler 300 for the North American Car of the Year award. Ford revised all the Mustang’s engines for 2011. The new V6 is a smaller 3.7 L aluminum block engine weighing 40 lb lighter than the outgoing version. The engine produces 305 hp and 280 lb·ft of torque. Ford announced on December 28, 2009 that the 2011 Mustang GT would feature a 5.0 engine that produces 412 horsepower and 390 lb·ft of torque on 91 octane fuel.