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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


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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