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The '90s was an unforgettable era for Japanese performance cars.
Last night, Toyota unveiled its new Supra in GT3 racing trim and the internet went crazy.
This got us thinking, what other Japanese coupes would we like to see return?
This is one the rotary diehards have been crying for ever since the RX-7 ended production in 2002. While the RX-8 kept the rotary flame alive until 2012, it lacked the hardcore performance of the RX-7.
The FD generation used a twin-turbo, 13B wankel rotary which in Spirit R form produced 206kW/314Nm.
Mazda has been hinting at a new rotary-powered car for some time especially with its RX-Vision concept from 2015, however nothing has come of it thanks to challenging emissions standards, meaning there is no production version on the horizon.
Known as the 3000GT here and GTO in other markets, this Mitsubishi was essentially a computer on wheels with automatically adjusting spoilers, electronically controlled suspension, all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering.
The coupe wasn’t the lightest sports car to come out of Japan but thanks to its twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 producing 238kW/427Nm (more than the ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’), the 3000GT was able to reach 0-100km in 4.8sec.
Production wrapped up in 2000 and Mitsubishi never had a follow up model.
Not the fastest car on the list but just as interesting, the Subaru SVX was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro.
With naturally aspirated six-cylinder sports cars a rare thing these days, it would be great to see Subaru create a modern SVX that would complete with Nissan’s 370Z.
The S15 was the ultimate version with the 2.0-litre turbo making 184kW but was only sold in Japan. Us Aussies had to settle for a detuned version with 147kW.
These cars have a massive following and the market could always use another cheap(ish) four-cylinder, RWD sports car.
Compensating for the extra weight, there was a turbocharged version (never officially sold here) that produced up to 180kW, even more if it had the TRD treatment.
While the MR2 lasted until 2007, the third-gen was only sold as a convertible and lacked the outright pace of the previous models.
What ‘90s Japanese sports car do you want to make a comeback? Let us know in the comments.