Start the new decade off right with one of these in your driveway.
2020 has arrived which means an entirely new batch of cars are now eligible to import to the United States through the 25-year import law. 2019 included some standouts like the Audi RS2 and Subaru WRX STI but this year, you can import vehicles that were built in 1995, opening up some amazing choices. We've picked out seven interesting cars from Europe and Japan that were never sold in the US that will be eligible to import at some point in 2020.
Alfa Romeo currently sells cars in the US but there was a long period of time when the Italian automaker abandoned the market. Sadly, this came during a time when the company first introduced the Type 916 GTV Coupe and Spider. Although the two cars were front-wheel-drive, they were heralded at the time for their excellent handling. There were a variety of engines offered over the years but the Busso V6 was the cream of the crop.
We never got the Nissan GT-R Skyline in the US but for the past several years, the R32 generation car has been eligible to import. This year, the R33 generation will be eligible as well, which is great news for GT-R fans. Like its predecessor, the R33 GT-R is powered by a 2.6-liter twin-turbo inline-six producing around 286 horsepower. The R33 isn't as loved as the R32 or R34 generations but it should still garner interest from JDM enthusiasts.
Last year, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution II was eligible to import and this year, it's the Evo III's turn. The Evo III saw more aggressive styling, new side skirts and rear bumper moldings, and a larger rear spoiler than the previous generation. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine also got a new turbocharger compressor and a higher compression ratio resulting in an increase from 252 to 270 horsepower.
The Fiat Barchetta is the second Italian roadster on this list and like the Alfa, it is front-engined and front-wheel-drive. This was never a fast car with a 129 horsepower four-banger nor was it the best handling. But gosh was it pretty. Finding parts for one of these in the US will be tricky but we doubt you'll ever see another one.
Honda sold the DC2 Integra Type R here in the US as an Acura but like most cars in the 1990s, it wasn't as good as what Japan got. A 1.8-liter VTEC engine delivered 200 horsepower in JDM guise, which is 10 hp more than the USDM car. It was also lighter because Japanese buyers could delete the airbags, air conditioning, rear wiper, radio, clock, and anti-lock braking system.
Yep, Japan built its own take on the Hummer H1. It's called the Toyota Mega Cruiser and it was built to be a military vehicle with some civilian versions trickling out to the public. Like a Hummer, the Mega Cruiser is not fast with a 4.1-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder producing just 153 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque. Just imagine the look on people's faces when you pull up in the Mega Cruiser and they realize it's a Toyota. Priceless.
You may remember the MG F from the episode of Top Gear where the three hosts built stretched limos. The MG F was especially challenging to turn into a limo because it is mid-engined with a rear-wheel-drive platform. It was originally powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder producing between 118 and 143 horsepower. This was one of the most interesting cars MG ever built and you can now drive it on US soil.