Think of sports cars and the first country that comes to mind in Italy, home of the Lamborghini and Ferrari supercars. Germany isn’t far behind thanks to the iconic Porsche brand, but very few people think of Japan as a hotbed of sports car design and manufacture.
Yet car manufacturers from Japan have now been building and selling sports cars for decades, since the launch in 1963 of what was thought to be the first Japanese sports car, the Honda S500, and Japanese companies have even created some vehicles that would give the Italians a run for their money.
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10 1967 Toyota 2000GT
The Honda S500 may be thought of as the first Japanese sports car, but it was a few years before a Far East manufacturer managed to create a truly iconic vehicle – the Toyota 2000GT.
Only 350 Toyota 2000GT cars were built between 1967 and 1970 and it was the first time that a Japanese company showed that they could build sports cars just as well as the European firms that had already been manufacturing sports cars for decades. Examples of these rare cars have sold at auction for over $1 million.
9 2018 Lexus LC500
From the earliest days of the Japanese sports car industry to one of the most recent models; the 2018 Lexus LC500. The Lexus LC is a grand tourer sports car, and the LC500 is a more powerful version of the vehicle, with a V8 fuel injection engine.
There is even a hybrid version of the Lexus LC500 available, for drivers who want to be both environmentally friendly and super stylish. The exterior bodywork of the car is smooth and aerodynamic and features a carbon-fiber roof which helps to reduce its weight.
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8 1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi
The Subaru Impreza is a compact car that has been in production since 1992, and which has been available as both a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback as well as the supremely sporty 22B STi models.
These two-door versions of the Impreza were created in 1998 as a limited-edition vehicle to mark the manufacturer’s third FIA World Rally Championship win in a row. Only 400 Subaru Impreza 22B STi models were ever made, and they were all sold within one hour, with Subaru only making a handful of export models.
7 1992 Autozam AZ-1 (Type A)
Kei cars are a very peculiarly Japanese type of car, which was developed in the years after the Second World War to try and ensure that cars were affordable to all Japanese people. These tiny compact cars have a maximum engine capacity of 660cc and are often only large enough for two people.
There are kei trucks, kei SUVs, and even a kei sports car in the shape of the
By: Natasha Brown
Title: These Are The Coolest Japanese Sports Cars Ever Made | HotCars
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Published Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 14:30:03 GMT