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Top 10: Great Japanese sportsters

There was a time when Japanese car makers were primarily known for their well-equipped, keenly-priced but terminally dull saloons and estates. (Datsun Sunny or Toyota Corolla, anyone?)  Then they discovered there was a demand for more entertaining models. And suddenly there was no stopping them...

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Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec

What makes it great? Hi-tech wizardry and immense power made the GT-R one of the ultimate icons of the ’90s – and one of the most sought after

In R33 V-Spec guise, the few official UK imports of the GT-R produced from 1997 onwards managed to pump out a mighty 277bhp at 6800rpm, which translated into an artificially limited top speed of 155mph and a 0-60 time of less than five seconds. This placed the Skyline GT-R well and truly in the supercar performance league, a previously undiscovered sector of the market for Nissan. When Autocar magazine first tested the GT-R, it was mightily impressed: “What distinguishes the Skyline from most other ultra-quick transport is that it successfully blends a huge amount of technological achievement with an even bigger level of tactile communication.”

Read our Nissan Skyline review here

Comments

groaver    on 25 October 2016

Suzuki Cappuccino.
Loads of fun in a tiny package.

POB123    on 23 July 2018

Where's the Honda S2000?

bobber    on 23 July 2018

Mitsubishi Evo?

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