Over the years, Japanese automakers have produced some spectacular driving machines. Unfortunately, many of these vehicles are no longer being manufactured. Here are five retired Japanese vehicles that deserve a resurrection.
Produced from 1986 to 2001, the Integra was one of the top sport compacts on the market. Drivers from around the globe fell in love with the Integra’s fun-to-drive nature and great gas mileage. Although the base models warrant praise, the legendary Type-R model was the hot rod version of the Integra. The Type-R’s high-performance engine had the amazing ability to rev to 8500 rpm.
Even today, the Toyota Supra is still an icon among street racers. Although the sports car has a history that dates back to 1978, the most sought-after models were produced from 1993 to 1998. The Supra’s curvaceous styling and well-designed chassis allowed it to compete with any sports car on the road. Equipped with a twin-turbocharger, the top-of-the-line model offered pure excitement. Some people are praying that this Japanese performance machine is eventually brought back to life.
The Acura NSX was the first super car that made reliability a top priority. Many automotive enthusiasts agree that the NSX was one of the best-looking sports cars of its era. However, the NSX’s best attributes were its razor-sharp handling and famed VTEC engine. The NSX still remains a cult favorite on the race track. Although the NSX did not come equipped with power steering, the majority of drivers never even noticed.
The most popular version of the Eclipse was manufactured from 1995 to 1999. The Mitsubishi Eclipse gave drivers an affordable option to some of the more expensive sports car on the road. While the standard version came with a front-wheel drive setup, the GSX model came standard with an all-wheel drive system. This gave the Eclipse the ability to be driven in a wide variety of different weather conditions.
Although the Mazdaspeed Protegé was only produced for a few years, it still made its presence known. The small sports sedan amazed drivers with its nimble handling on the road. While the turbocharged engine only pumped out 170 horsepower, many owners were able to tune their Mazdaspeed Protegé to deliver over 200 horsepower. The Mazdaspeed Protegé was a great choice for the driving enthusiasts who were on a budget.