Sports Car

What The Hell Happened To The Great Japanese Sports Cars Of The 90s?

They're all gone. Extinct.

Even back in the 1990s, MotorWeek sadly predicted what was about to happen: the extinction of the high-performance Japanese sports car. Specifically, turbo coupes like the legendary Toyota Supra, Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4, Nissan 300ZX, and Mazda RX-7. All are gone today, nothing but a figment of old memories of yesteryear. Ok, yes, there’s the current Nissan 370Z and, well, does the Mazda MX-5 count? Not so much; it’s in its own unique category and the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ twins aren’t exactly high performance.

Toyota is supposedly cooking up a reborn Supra, but there’ll likely never again be a time when all four of Japan’s main carmakers build serious sports cars at the same time.

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