Japan is a country that is known for its production of some of the world’s most popular cars. The term JDM stands for Japanese Domestic Market, and it refers to those models that are only produced in Japan. These cars are known for their reliability, efficiency, and also their impeccable design. If you are joining a car show, any of these will surely be a head-turner. Just make sure to properly transport them so they arrive in pristine condition at the show.
Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R
This car was released in 1999 to be an evolution from the previous model (the R33). What makes this car so special? It has a twin-turbocharged inline-six engine with four valves per cylinder and dual overhead camshafts. With this setup, it can produce up to 276 horsepower at 6500 rpm.
Nissan Silvia S15
This car was released in 1999 to integrate new designs and body styles to the previous model (the S14). What makes this car so special? It has a 4 cylinder naturally aspirated engine that can produce between 180-200 horsepower at around 8000 pm.
These four models are considered by most people as basic cars, but they have qualities that make them very sought after such as reliability and affordability. They were first introduced in 1999 under the name “Vitz” for Japan market, followed by other markets where it was known as “Yaris” until 2005 when it got renamed again to “Belta” for the Indonesian market and “Voxy” for the Latin American market.
Toyota Levin BZG/Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86
This car was first introduced in 1983 as an improvement to its previous two generations (the G10 and G30). What makes this car so special? Its 1.6 L engine has a four-cylinder inline configuration which can produce around 128 horsepower at 7500 rpm, so it’s one of those cars that excel not only on paper but also when driven.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
This car was released in 1989 as a roadster with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. What makes this car special? You can choose from either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission, and its engine is a 1.8 L inline 4 that can produce between 130 to 150 horsepower at 6500 rpm.
Toyota Sprinter Trueno
This car was released in 1983 and was the predecessor of the AE86, among other things it’s known for having pop-up headlights. What makes this car special? It has two variations: an FR layout and an FF layout with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. Its engine is a 1.6 L twin-cam I4 which can produce around 128 horsepower at 7600 rpm.
Nissan 180SX Type X/Silvia14
These models were first released in 1982 and come with a variety of body styles such as hatchbacks, coupes, and convertibles. What makes this car special? Its engine is a 2.0 L inline four-cylinder pushed to 160 horsepower at 7500 rpm.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
This car was first released in 2003 as the successor to its previous generations (the Evo VI). What’s special about this car is that it has a turbocharged 4G63 MIVEC I4 engine that can produce between 276-298 horsepower at 6000 rpm.
Mazda RX-7 FC3S
This car was first produced in 1986 as an evolution from its line of rotary-powered cars started in 1978. With this model, they were able to achieve a very low body weight which helped with its speed and also reduced fuel consumption. What’s special about this car is that it has a 1.3 L twin-rotor 13B Wankel engine, producing around 255 horsepower at 8000 rpm, plus it can reach quarter-mile times of 14.8 seconds.
This car was first introduced in 1964 to replace the Datsun Bluebird as their sports car lineup. What makes this car so special? Its engine is either rear or front-mounted inline four-cylinder displacing between 1.5 L and 2.0 L pushing out 125-186 horsepower at 6000 rpm, depending on what year/trim level you choose.