That worked for a while, but these same Japanese brands realized that if they wanted to compete against the Germans, then performance cars in general needed to make a comeback. Halo cars weren't enough. The Lexus LFA was an excellent start, and fortunately Lexus isn't stopping there. Along with the aforementioned RC F, Lexus has confirmed that a production version of its LF-LC concept will launch in 2017 as a direct competitor to the likes of the Mercedes SL. Even Infiniti is planning a large four-door coupe for 2017-18 that’ll fight the Porsche Panamera. And, of course, there’s the Q50 Eau Rouge that’ll be powered by the GT-R’s twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6. That’s your M5 fighter.