If you talk to enthusiasts of Japanese cars — and, frankly, of sports cars — they’ll tell you that the 1990s were a very special time for their desired vehicles because of all the special, sporty Japanese cars that were made back then. They’ll also tell you they miss the 1990s, and they miss those cars.
Well, guess what? They’re back! It recently struck me that basically every 1990s Japanese sports cars is back in production, with only a couple of exceptions. Consider it: the 300ZX that everyone loves so much? Nissan is still making a Z car, the 370Z — and although it’s getting old, it’s certainly an improvement over the 1990s 300ZX. Of course, also returning is the Toyota Supra, which has made its way back onto the market — and we’ve also seen the return of the Acura NSX, which is now faster and more impressive than ever before. Even Subaru is back: Although the SVX was sort of a tangential 1990s sports car, the BRZ is an improvement in terms of drivability and enjoyment.
Of course, there are some cars that aren’t around anymore — like, for instance, the Mitsubishi 3000GT and the Mazda RX-7. But it’s worth remembering that we did get the rotary-powered Mazda RX-8 through the 2011 model year — and we’ve also added a few more specialized Japanese performance cars, like the Subaru WRX STI and the Nissan GT-R, which weren’t around back in the 1990s. Plus, you can’t forget the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, which only recently went out of production.
All told, the 1990s Japanese sports cars are back — and I’d wager the cars are even better than before, as they’re faster, more advanced and more exciting.
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