Some legendary Japanese sports cars, like Mazda RX7, Nissan Skyline GT-R, Honda Integra Type R and Mitsubishi Eclipse might be gone forever, but it doesn’t mean that there isn’t any remarkable performance automobiles left on the Land of the Rising Sun. Today, lets talk about these sports automobiles that possess unmatched reliability, razor sharp handling, and at times rather appealing pricing. By the way, many of them have been recently refreshed while some are all-new, so you are definitely in for a treat!
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#1 2020 Toyota GR Supra
As dividing as it may be for the automotive community, the 5th generation Supra definitely was one of the most anticipated sportscars of the 2020 model year. Engineered alongside the new BMW Z4, the model features a straight 6-cylinder 3.0L Turbo engine with 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque
#2 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary
The 2020 model year becomes the 50th production year for Nissan’s legendary Z sports car, so to celebrate the occasion, the brand is releasing a limited 370Z 50th Anniversary edition of the model that is available in two color schemes, silver-black and white-red.
#3 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Until the resurrection of the legendary RX9, the only sportscar from Mazda is a widely popular MX5-Miata represented both as a classic softtop convertible or the retractable-targa-top RF model. The most recent upgrade took place in 2019 and involved the introduction of a retuned Skyactiv-G 2.0L 4-cylinder.
#4 2020 Subaru WRX S209
Historically, the top of the line S versions of the WRX have been restricted to the Japanese market, but in 2020 for the first time the S209 is heading to the US with the limited production number of 209 units.
#5 2019 Nissan GT-R
The new model year for the Japanese beast Nissan GT-R is characterized by minor lineup adjustments, increased price and, believe it or not, improved performance.
#6 2020 Toyota 86
2020 Toyota 86 gets an updated 7-inch infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, and a revamped audio system. In addition, buyers with a manual gearbox can now order the new TRD Handling Package.
#7 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition
There aren’t any changes to the standard RC-F sports car in 2020, but the lineup is being enhanced by the addition of an all-new Track Edition, which remains road legal, but turns this Lexus into a true racer.
#8 2019 Honda Civic Type R
2019 Honda Civic Type R boasts one of the most powerful 4-cylinder engines out there, that depending on the market produces 310 or 320 metric horsepower. Until recently, the Type R held the title of the fastest front-wheel-drive car at Nurburgring, but was dethroned by the less powerful Renault Megane R.S. Trophy R.
#9 2020 Acura NSX
2020 Acura NSX arrives mostly unchanged, featuring the familiar Sport Hybrid Super Handling AWD, the 9-speed DCT, and total system output of 573 horses. It also offers a new Indy Yellow Pearl heritage color, that pays homage to the similar hue, offered for the first generation of the model.
#10 2020 Lexus LC500 Limited Edition
2020 Lexus LC500 Limited Edition derives inspiration from the emerald seas by introducing Nori Green Pearl color. In addition, unique to this trim are two-tone 21-inch wheels and a similar two-tone color treatment inside the cabin.