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What Is The Most Popular Jdm Car

Super Street StaffPhotographerBob HernandezEditorFeb 10, 2020

UPDATED JAN. 2020—What JDM listicle would be complete without giving props to the cars that have given our—and consequently your—eyes a proverbial boner over the years? Our top 20 JDM cars of all time (it’s actually 24; some of these stories double up on vehicles) rounds up the most popular builds we’ve featured from Japan over the years, ranging from Civics and Skylines to S-chassis, RX-7s, AE86s, and others. We know there are tons of modified rides that are completely worthy to fill a top 100, but we had to limit this list to what we could pull out of our collective archives, and builds that are actually from Japan, ordered from most visited on down. We humbly submit the top of the top …

2008 HONDA CIVIC MUGEN RR – Double RR

Mods:
MUGEN EVERYTHING—camshafts, valve springs, ram air intake, large capacity intake box, 4-2-1 exhaust manifold, high-flow catalytic converter, straight-type silencer (middle), dual exhaust, carbon intake manifold cover; five-way adjustable suspension; slotted rotors (320mm front/282mm rear), brake lines and carbon air ducts for front brakes; 18-inch Mugen aluminum wheels; Bridgestone Potenza RE070 225/40R18 tires; aluminum hood, carbon front bumper and grille, fog lights, side skirts, fender trim, carbon adjustable rear wing and gurney flap, rear under spoiler with air diffuser, rear fog lights Mugen-edition carbon Recaro reclining seats, shifter, shift knob, tachometer, meter gauges (water temp, oil temp, oil pressure), and sport pedals and foot rest

Why We Love It:
The FD2 R was the first with 4 doors, and the limited edition Mugen double R version—of which only 300 were produced—pooped all over the USDM Mugen Si. Available in just one color, Milano Red, the hotted-up Type R was faster around Tsukuba Circuit than its factory counterpart by some 2 seconds, and we still think the RR is the Mugen Civic we wish Honda would’ve sold here in the States.

1996 TOYOTA SUPRA RZ (JZA80) – Joke’s On Us

Mods:
HKS intercooler and intake; Amuse R1 Titan exhaust; HKS F-Con IS and boost controller; Blitz coilovers; Ikeya Formula front/rear upper and lower arms; Original Runduce front and rear big brake kits; 18×10.5-in. +24 Volk Racing TE37 Saga wheels; 275/35R18 Bridgestone Potenza RE71R tires; Hurtling Solid & Joker front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper and rear spoiler; Varis front hood; Ridox front fenders; DoLuck side mirrors; Lime Rock grey custom paint; Recaro SPG GK seats; Nardi steering wheel; Laile shift knob; Saito rollcage; Eclipse head unit

Why We Love It:
In an exercise to show off its Hurtling Solid & Joker line of affordable aero, Varis proves again it still has the magic touch. The subtle HS&J body sculpting and use of Ridox front fenders and BMW Lime Rock grey paint on this demo A80 owned by Naohiro Yahagi preceded an even more aggressive-looking package from Varis—the Supreme Wide Body kit—that really pushes out the fenders, but we’re partial to Naohiro’s narrow body project.

1996 NISSAN 180SX TYPE X (S13) – Happy Wife, Happy Life

Mods:
HKS GTSS turbo, intercooler; custom exhaust; Silk Road exhaust manifold; Trust head gasket; tubbed and shaved engine bay; NISMO limited-slip differential, clutch flywheel; A’PEXi Power FC; HKS shocks; Swift springs; NISMO and arms; Alcon front big brakes; 19×9.5-in. front, 19×10.5-in. rear NISMO Z34 wheels; 215/35R19 front, 255/30R19 rear Nitto tires; Custom metal fenders widened in total 250 mm front, 400 mm rear; Bride seats; MOMO steering wheel; six-point rollcage FET shift knob; S15 dash

Why We Love It:
This S13 was destined to be a drift missile, but owner Hitomi Ishikawa sweettalked her hubby Masaru, who happens to be an autobody repair tech as well as a bona fide enthusiast, into creating this drift-able show piece. Those 19-inch Rays NISMO rims from a Z34 17 years its junior are a nice touch, too.

EF HONDA CIVICS – Unpopular Opinion

Mods:

90 Honda Civic
B18C; Jun camshafts, valvesprings, retainers, slide cam sprockets; TODA timing belt; Skunk2 composite fuel rail; SARD 380cc injectors, fuel pressure regulator; custom intake pipe, head porting, exhaust system; Spoon high-tension cord, radiator hoses; Mugen exhaust manifold; Rywire Mil-spec wiring harness; Exedy Hyper Single VF clutch; ATS 3rd/4th/5th gear close ratio gear set; 1.5-way clutch-type limited-slip differential; A’PEXi Power FC; Mechadock coilovers; Cusco tower bar; seam welding; spot rivets; 15×7.5-in. +35 front, 15×7-in. +35 rear Volk Racing TE37 wheels; 225/50R15 front, 195/55R15 rear Yokohama ADVAN A050 tires; custom blue paint; Exceed carbon-fiber hood; custom headlight duct, fenders, rear bumper; Fuel Safe fuel cell; custom rollcage, fuse and relay box, switch panel, swirl pot; Shorai battery; Defi gauges; Bride seats; HKS Circuit Attack Counter lap timer

’91 Honda Civic
B16A; Eikoh exhaust; 5Zigen header; Cusco oil catch can; Exedy clutch; 1.5-way clutch-type limited-slip differential; Spoon Sports ECU; Mechadock coilovers; Skunk2 front upper arms; EF9 rotors and calipers; 15×7-in. Desmond Regamaster wheels; 205/50R15 Toyo R1R tires; custom Clubman Race theme paint; Chargespeed bucket seat; rollcage; No Good Racing steering wheel; ASR hub

Why We Love Them:
These EFs are about as grassroots JDM as they come. The stories of No Good Racing crew’s Kazuma Tsujimoto and Tsuyoshi Okada from Osaka and their loyalty to the boxy Civic platform takes us back to why we got into this stuff in the first place and puts perspective on the big goals of chasing that tuner life.

1989 MAZDA RX-7 (FC3S) – Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number

Mods:
Mazda Cosmo 20B tri-rotor engine conversion; RE Amemiya 45mm exhaust manifold, 70mm-to-60mm custom exhaust; Mazda RX-8 six-speed transmission; Ogura Clutch metal single plate clutch; OS Giken/RE Amemiya SPL Super Lock limited-slip differential; RE Amemiya Extreme Link ECU with custom tune; custom RE Amemiya-spec Endless coilovers with Swift springs; Endless brakes with six-piston front calipers; 17×9-in. +20 front, 17×9.5-in. +8 rear Enkei PF07 wheels; 245/40R17 front, 255/40R17 rear Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105 tires; custom green paint; Bride EXAS III seats; custom RE Amemiya quick-release; AIM Cluster MXL Strada meters

Why We Love It:
We are lucky to have a couple of living legends’ builds on this list, and this is one of them: Isami Amemiya’s (of RE Amemiya fame) FC3S for the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon. The modern-day refresh includes a Cosmo 20B tri-rotor engine swap for that wow factor. Mass appeal these mods are not, but then again, a car like this isn’t for the masses—and doesn’t need to be.

1993 & 2000 MAZDA RX-7s – Let Your Soul Glow

Mods:

’00 Mazda RX-7
TO4S turbo; V-mount intercooler; R33 Skyline fuel pump; Cusco Hyper single clutch; RE Amemiya quick shift kit; A’PEXi Power FC; HKS EVC 6 boost controller; Cusco ZERO-3 coilovers; Satoru Works knuckles; JIC reinforced tie rod; 18×10.5-in. +18 Volk Racing TE37 wheels; 265/35R18 Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec tires; Bride seats; Saito Racing rollcage; TCP Magic Type GT widebody fenders; RE Amemiya front bumper, GT wing, rear diffuser; Car Shop Glow LED front combination lamp, LED tail lamp, rear duck tail; Scoot Sports hood; Mazioria Trapezium five-stage paint

’93 Mazda RX-7
Balanced rotors; Fuji WPC-treated 3-piece Apex seals; HKS Racing Suction; V-mount intercooler setup with Knight Sports radiator; Zest Racing piping; Trust front pipe, air separation tank; R Magic mid pipe; RE Amemiya Dolphin Tail rear pipe; Super Now pulleys, power steering cap; Car Shop Glow oil filler cap; Cusco catch tank; Sard fuel pump; 850cc injectors; OS Giken 5-speed cross mission; Exedy metal single clutch; 4.1 final gear; Mazdaspeed 2-way Zest Racing-spec limited-slip differential: Zest Racing reinforced plant frame; A’PEXi Power FC; HKS EVC 6 boost controller; Car Shop Glow GT Spec coilovers; Swift 16kg/mm front, 18kg/mm rear springs; Super Now upper and lower links, rear long arm, stabilization brackets, tie rod ends, front upper reinforcement plate; Endless brake pads; Zest Racing brake lines; 18×9.5-in. +22 front, 18×10.5-in. +18 rear Volk Racing TE37SL wheels; 265/35R18 Yokohama Advan tires; RE Amemiya AD Facer N-1 ’05 front bumper, GT-AD widebody, headlights, Pro rear diffuser, AD carbon-fiber hood, side steps; Garage Kagotano front under panel; Car Show Glow LED front combination amps, LED tail lamps, rear duck tail, rear diffuser, 310mm wing end plates; Vortex 1700 mm GT wing; Zest Racing GT wing stands; Craft Square side mirrors; Super Now tow hook; Pearl Brown paint; RE Amemiya 300km speedometer, shift knob; HKS Circuit Attacker lap timer; Recaro SP-G seats; OMP Superturismo steering wheel

Why We Love Them:
One kinda street, one kinda track, both able to handle both. Lighting maker Car Shop Glow’s demo FDs might look similar, but the builds from Tokyo go in two different directions.

1993 NISSAN S13 – Super Hiro

Mods:
2.2L SR20DET black-top engine; HKS H-beam connecting rods, pistons, 91mm stroked/fully balanced crank; Power Enterprise 1.5mm head gasket; 272? cams; Tomei B Type valvesprings; NAPREC valves; Hypertune 80mm throttle body; 265-lph SARD fuel pump, fuel pressure regulator, 800cc injectors; GCG 3076 turbo and wastegate; HPI High Spec intercooler; WPC-treated oil pump; HPI air intake, radiator; Altrack 45mm exhaust manifold; custom exhaust, turbo outlet and front pipe; HPI six-speed dog gearbox; NISMO Super Carbon twin-clutch, flywheel, and 4.1:1 GT limited-slip differential; Blitz Dual SBC boost controller; HKS HiperMax III special version coilovers; NISMO strut bar; Ikeya Formula control arms; spot welded chassis; OE Skyline R33 Type M calipers; Dixcel rotors; Project Mu pads; 17×10.5-in. Work Meister M1R wheels; 235/40R17 Federal 595RSR tires; KIS front lip spoiler, side skirts, rear bumper canards, rear diffuser, over-fenders and trunk spoiler; Nardi steering wheel; Bride Zeta III seats; Defi tachometer and gauges

Why We Love It:
Hiroki Koga’s Onevia is more than your average 180SX-nosed S13 Silvia. The VIP shop owner produced an intimidating, nearly 600hp stance machine that shows potential customers the quality of his craftsmanship.

TOP SECRET’S V12 TWIN TURBO TOYOTA SUPRA

Mods:
1GZ-FE 5,000cc engine; HKS GT2540 turbine (x2), HKS blow-off valve (x2), wastegate (x2); Top Secret custom intake plenum with twin 80mm throttle bodies; ARC intercooler, radiator (with custom rear mount); JZA80 Getrag transmission; Cusco 1.5 way LSD; ORC clutch; Top Secret coilovers with Roberuta Cup kit; Volk Racing GT-F 19-inch; 245/35R19 front and 275/40R19 rear Bridgestone Potenza RE050A; GReddy GREX eight-piston 380mm front, four-piston 350mm rear; Top Secret Super G-Force Wangan widebody kit (includes front and rear bumpers, side steps, 33mm front and 50mm rear wide fenders, HID headlight housings with IPF lights); Top Secret carbon aero bonnet with bonnet pins, aero mirrors by Ganador with LED; GT rear wing, Top Secret Exclusive paint with Top Secret II paint and bodywork; MS-R graphics; Bride Gias leather seats; Takata harnesses; Top Secret steering wheel, shift knob; Defi Super Sports cluster; Carrozzeria Navigation

Why We Love It:
This is the Supra Smoky Nagata wanted, instead of a BMW—a gold, widebody, 1,000hp, twin-turbo V12-powered MkIV. Your move, Toyota.

2016 TOYOTA HIACE – King of the Vans

Mods:
VR38DETT engine swap; TRUST intercooler; 3.0L diesel manual transmission; OS Giken clutch, flywheel, differential; Link ECU; AiM MXS Strada tachometer; Final Konnexion coilovers; AP Racing Pro 5000+ six-piston calipers; 19×9-in. +20 T-Style X-Three wheels; 265/35R19 front, 275/35R19 rear Yokohama Advan Neova tires; KITZ-RACING bumpers; CRS hood, over-fenders; URAS rear spoiler; Recaro seats; Nardi steering wheel; reupholstered red interior

Why We Love It:
It’s an R35 GT-R-powered minivan—what’s not to love? Ju Sung Oh’s turbocharged box on wheels is our kind of buff family hauler.

2010 HONDA ACCORD TOURER – Love at First Sight

Mods:
OEM K20A Type R valve cover, alternator bracket, alternator, air conditioning compressor, air conditioning compressor bracket; Skunk2 Pro Series intake manifold, Alpha Series header; K-Tuned fuel rail, coil pack cover, tensioner bracket, mufflers; OEM Acura RDXDenso injectors; Mishimoto aluminum radiator, transmission oil cooler, reserve tank; custom exhaust; wire tuck; shaved engine bay; HKS F-Con IS; custom coilovers, sway bars, front upper control arms; Voodoo13 rear control arm, front lower control arms; 380mm front, 355mm rear StopTech big brake kits; 19×10.5-in. Arcane Legend wheels in high polish with titanium hardware; 235/35R19 Nitto NT555 tires; OEM Acura TSX wagon front bumper, rear bumper, headlights, front grill, taillights, rear gate, rear gate panel, roof antenna, mirrors, front underbody spoiler, side underbody spoiler, body side molding, door handle frames, all glass, windshield wipers and arms; OEM Milano Red paint; black chrome grille emblem, side window moldings, door handles; Status Racing SRA Icon seats, harnesses; suede and leather diamond stitched seats, door panels; OEM Acura TSX leather steering wheel, leather shift knob, SRS air bag, hazard switch, steering wheel hands-free switch, sun visor, upper console (Homelink switch), scuff plate, dimmer switch, turn signal stalk, passenger airbag warning light, ELS system, rear pillar garnish, gauge cluster, window switch, A/C switch panel, center console, side brake handle

Why We Love It:
Obsessive doesn’t begin to describe the amount of work put into Norifumi Kobayashi’s
Honda wagon, and there’s no shortage of equally impressive aspects, such as the USDM-styled shaved engine bay—raising the bar here from the other side of the ocean.

1998 SKYLINE 25GT & 1995 180SX – There’s Something About Nissan

Mods:

’98 Nissan Skyline 25GT Turbo (ER34)
RB26DETT swap; TRUST T78 33D turbine kit, 272? lift 9.1 cam, three-layer intercooler, surge tank; NISMO adjustable fuel pressure regulator, reinforced fuel pump; SARD 720cc injectors; Buddy Club 90mm stainless muffler with removed silencer; OS Giken triple-plate clutch; KAAZ two-way differential; 4.9 final gear; reinforced mission mount; HKS Fcon Vpro, EVC 5, A/F knock amplifier; BNR34 GT-R V-Spec speedometer and tachometer; Defi Link Meter; A’PEXi N1 Damper Pro coilovers; Swift 14K front, 12K rear springs; custom pillow ball tension rods, front and rear adjustable upper arms; HICAS cancel rods; slotted and dimpled front rotors; BNR32 drilled rear rotors; Project Mu HC pads and side shoes; NISMO braided lines; 18×10.5-in. +12 Gram Lights 57 CR wheels (Glossy black driver, Gun blue II passenger); 255/35R18 front, 265/35R18 rear Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec tires; 30mm and 40mm rear spacers; Top Secret front bumper with custom ducts; Z Tune GT-R hood; URAS Z Tune front fenders; NISMO side steps; N-Style over-fenders; OEM BNR34 rear bumper; Blitz rear wing; Ganador Aero mirrors; custom carbon-fiber front under panel, side panels, canards, rear diffuser, diffuser fin, rear fender deflectors; OEM QM1 white paint with rainbow flakes; Recaro SP-G driver, SR-3 passenger seats; Takata four-point harnesses; Personal Pole Position steering wheel; seven-point rollcage

’95 Nissan 180SX (RPS13)
SR20DET; stainless exhaust manifold, turbo outlet pipe, front pipe, cat replacement; 80mm titanium muffler with dolphin tail tip; aluminum pulley kit; ORC metal single clutch; KAAZ two-way differential; 4.6 final gear; reinforced mission mount; short shifter; rigid differential and subframe mounts; TRUST Profec boost controller; Defi Link Meter; CST coilovers; custom pillow ball tension rod; reinforced tie rods, mounts and bushings; Cusco rear adjustable upper arms; OEM ECR33 calipers, BNR32 N1 rotors; Project Mu HC+ pads; braided lines; 17×10-in. -20 Volk Racing TE37V wheels painted custom color; 255/40R17 Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec tires; 2mm front spacers; carbon-fiber hood with Garage Mak vents; Origin Labo front and rear 55mm over-fenders; custom side steps, rear bumper; Craft Square carbon-fiber mirrors; custom carbon-fiber under panel, fender deflectors, side panels, canards, rear differ, flat bottom under tray; Bride bucket seats; Sabelt four-point harnesses; MOMO steering wheel; NISMO shift knob; eight-point rollcage; relocated A/C control panel

Why We Love Them:
We have dreams like this—owning both a 180SX and Skyline, each built for drifting and an enormous amount of J style. Masao Otani, painter and body man for none other than RE Amemiya, pieced together the RPS13 for short, technical tracks and the ER34 for bigger power, but we heart them equally.

1998 HONDA CIVIC TYPE R – Wonder Bread & Whiplash

Mods:
B16B with a 12.4:1 compression ratio; TODA Racing 0.6mm head gasket, camshafts, valve springs, forged connecting rods, forged 81.5mm pistons, oil pump; M&M Honda cross mission, intake chamber, 50mm exhaust manifold, 60mm titanium exhaust; modified Koyorad aluminum radiator; TODA Racing metal single clutch, flywheel; 4.7:1 final drive; ATS 1.5-way limited-slip differential; A’PEXi Power FC; M&M Honda-spec Ohlins coilovers with 20kg front, 16kg rear springs; M&M Honda strut bar, roll center adjuster, tie rods; spot-welded frame; 16×8.5-in. -5 Work Seeker GX Candy Red wheels; 225/40R16 Yokohama Advan Neova tires; M&M Honda Hyper Wide body kit (front bumper, side skirts, rear diffuser, hood), flat bottom diffuser; Bride seats; Takata harnesses; MOMO NSX-R steering wheel; Defi meters

Why We Love It:
The EK9 is arguably the pinnacle of sport compact high performance for the big H in the 1990s, and Kazuyuki Hashinaga’s M&M Honda-touched hatchback maxes out the chassis’ potential as a daily driver that can do track work, too. This build’s story is already 11 years old, and it’s not over yet.

1986 TOYOTA SPRINTER TRUENO – Original Gangsta’

Mods:
TEC-ART’S 1.8L “7AG” (AE111 head/7AFE block), camshafts, timing belt, pistons, rods, pulleys, engine mount brackets, large capacity curl funnel, exhaust manifold, direct ignition kit, radiator; TODA Racing valve springs, head gasket; Sard fuel pump; K1 Planning exhaust; Setrab 34-row oil cooler; TRUST oil element relocation kit; TEC-ART’S N2 Cross Mission gears; custom 7AG carbon clutch, solid shift lever; MoTeC M84 ECU; TEC-ART’S x Aragosta coilovers; polyurethane bushings; lower control arms; stabilizer bar; stitch welded chassis; Soarer20 calipers; Endless brake pads; TEC-ART’S stainless mesh brake lines; 15X8.5-in. +3 Work Meister CR01 wheels; 195/50R15 Goodyear RS sport tires; Impulse carbon-fiber roof; custom dry carbon hood; Carbon Gate trunk; TRD wing; Bride King seats, rails; Schroth harnesses; TRD steering wheel, shift knob; TEC-ART’S leather dash panel

Why We Love It:
IT’S KEIICHI “DRIFT KING” TSUCHIYA’S PERSONAL AE86—do you even need to ask?

SPOON SPORTS HONDA E-AT CIVIC – You Thought You Knew

Mods:
Naturally-aspirated ZC Engine 1.6L DOHC; Spoon valve cover, aluminum oil pan, oil cap, reservoir covers, straight pipe-exhaust (megaphone type), custom header w/spring flange joints; NGK spark plug wires; grey sealer paint; Keihin ECU; 5-speed close ratio transmission; Showa struts; custom aluminum rollcage, front torsion bars, rear springs, front strut tower bar, front/rear swaybars w/spherical endlinks, adjustable panhard rod, air jacks, single lug conversion; Nissin calipers; adjustable proportioning valve; 2-piece drilled rotors; 15X8-in. (front) and 15X6.5-in. (rear) center-locking Enkei wheels, 205/55 R15 Vintage Yokohama Advan SS tires; Flat panel underneath car; Spoon Sports paint scheme, decals, windshield banner; tow hooks; EC Works Type A mirrors; hood pins; fender-mounted air jack wand; custom gauges: Spoon Sports first-gen steering wheel, carbon-kevlar bucket seat; Simpson harness; custom seat brackets; battery kill switch;

Why We Love It:
The retired Group A E-AT hatchback is a part of Honda heritage and represents the beginnings of tuner Spoon Sport’s racing concept and philosophy of today. (Plus everyone thinks it’s an EF.)

NISSAN SKYLINE GTT (GF-ER34) – Young & Determined

Mods:
RB25DET NEO; Ho-Wa dual muffler; NISMO clutch, GT LSD Pro; SR Sports Racing dampers; 326 Power springs; IKEYA Formula front upper arms, tension rods; YURA-MODE 30mm lower arm extensions; 18×9.5-in. +15 Stance Magic #130 wheels; 225/35R18 Sunew tires; 20mm spacers; NISMO Z-Tune style front fenders, front bumper; Okubo Factory front diffuser, rear over-fenders; Z.S.S. carbon-fiber hood; BNR34 rear bumper, tail lamp covers; BNR34 style sidesteps; URAS roof spoiler; D-Max S15 style trunk spoiler; East Bear rear under spoiler; OE Nissan Cloud White QM1 paint; bucket seat; MOMO steering wheel; Razo shift knob; Blitz turbo timer

Why We Love It:
What happens when you’re young and broke and love drifting but also love Godzilla? You save your pennies and buy a RWD Skyline GTT instead to build up for those sick skids, that’s what—and young gun Kenshi Otake’s ER34 is one of a kind.

1986 TOYOTA COROLLA (AE86) – Prime Time

Mods:
1.6L 4AG; AE92 4AGZ oil pump, pistons, crankshaft, and coil system; AE101 20v rods; ported cylinder head; Toda camshafts and valvesprings; 1.5mm head gasket; NGK #10 spark plugs; Bosch fuel pump (x2); ATL fuel tank; Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 550cc injectors; SARD fuel pressure regulator; TD05-20G turbo; HKS wastegate; HPI air filter; custom Total Create E. PRIME 80mm exhaust piping and 45mm exhaust manifold; modified Mazda FD3S intercooler; Setrab oil cooler; Koyo radiator; Nissan Skyline 71C transmission with custom bellhousing; OS Giken Super Single clutch and flywheel; 3.9:1 final gear ratio; Cusco two-way limited-slip differential; Freedom ECU; Ennepetal front suspension; TRD rear shocks; TEIN springs; TRD stabilizer bars; custom Total Create E. PRIME strut bar and 14-point rollcage; spot-welded chassis; Mazda FD3S front calipers; Endless brake rotors and pads; 15×9.5-in. Work Equip 40 wheels; 225/50R15 ADVAN A050 tires; NA Works front bumper; custom Total Create E. PRIME front fenders and rear over-fenders; Mercury side skirts; Subaru Violet Blue paint; OMP steering wheel; Bride Zeta III bucket seat; Sabelt harnesses; Defi meters; Ultra tachometer

Why We Love It:
Eiji Daito built E. PRIME to specialize in Hachi-roku, and this Corolla is possibly the finest example to ever emerge from the shop. The ’90s may be all the rage, but this ’80s hero shows ’em where it came from.

1970 NISSAN SKYLINE 2000 GT-X & 1975 BMW 2002 – Making Moves

Mods:

’70 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-X (KGC10)
2.8-liter 12v L28 straight-six engine swap; Mikuni carbs; titanium exhaust; Cusco catch can DRIVETRAIN: five-speed manual transmission; Pneumatec air suspension; air management integrated into center console; 16×9-in. front, 16×10-in. rear Super Star Chevlon Racing S1C wheels with titanium hardware; 195/45R16 front, 225/45R16 rear Toyo Proxes tires; custom bumpers, hood, fender mirrors and rear wing; Fenderworks riveted-on over-fenders; custom grey paint; custom green leather upholstery throughout; Recaro seats; Nardi steering wheel; push button start; titanium shift knob; custom rollbar

’75 BMW 2002
FOOTWORK & CHASSIS: Pneumatec air suspension; air management integrated into center console; 16×6.5-in. +21 front, 16×7-in. +17 rear i.force FD-80H forged wheels; 165/45R16 Toyo DRB tires; restoration and paint by S& Company; Bride seats; Renown steering wheel; custom tan leather and suede upholstery throughout; Carrozzeria head unit and speakers; Optima Red Top battery

Why We Love Them:
We had no idea the C10 Skyline coupe and 2002 were separated at birth—this unlikely pair of slammed classics from AP Garage stole the limelight at the 2018 Osaka Auto Messe, and we can totally see why.

1996 HONDA CIVIC FERIO VTI – New Era

Mods:
’96 1.8L Honda B18C (Integra Type R); Hasport engine mounts; Mugen JASMA 4-1 exhaust manifold; Skunk2 Pro Series intake manifold, adjustable cam gears, composite fuel rail, 80mm throttle body; Alpha Series half-size radiator, cooling hoses, oil cap, radiator cap; Blox Racing fuel pressure regulator; -AN fuel fittings, fuel lines; Tactical Art custom intake pipe, 60mm stainless straight-pipe exhaust; Downstar Inc. engine bolts, accessory hardware; S80 five-speed manual transmission; K-Tuned B-series shifter; Hondata S300; Rywire Mil-spec engine harness; Tactical Art coilovers with 20kg front, 18kg rear spring rates; custom rollcage, rear speaker decklid delete; Function7 rear subframe brace, Ultra-Light control arms; Rywire brake line kit, custom steel lines; 16×8.5-in. CCW D110 wheels; 225/45R16 Advan Neova AD08; OEM ’99-’00 Ferio Vi-RS grille, front bumper, rear bumper, trunk; USDM ’99-’00 headlights, taillights; custom carbon-fiber canards; Tactical Art/Exceed JP front lip; engine bay repainted in Tactical Art Gray; Mechadock/Exceed JP carbon-fiber hood; Lamborghini Arancio Ishtar paint; Bride Zeta III Sport seats; Takata Race safety harnesses; MOMO steering wheel; NRG steering hub, quick release

Why We Love It:
Tomoyuki Sasaki’s Civic is a product of Osaka-based tuning shop Tactical Art and was perhaps the most extensively modified Civic in Japan at the time, created with USDM-inspired aesthetic in mind. It cradles the borders of two different ways of thinking: Western imagery and traditional Japanese craftsmanship.

1994 NISSAN 180SX (S13) – Bringin’ Seki Back

Mods:
Tomei 2.2L stroker kit; Rising connecting rods; NAPREC High Response kit; Trust TD06-25G turbo kit, oil cooler, surge tank, star head bolt; Blitz intercooler; Copper three-layer radiator; Infinity 90mm throttle body; NISMO metal head gasket; reinforced valve springs; HKS six-speed H-patter dogbox; NISMO Super Copper Mix clutch, flywheel; 4.1 final gear; Tomei two-way limited-slip differential; A’PEXi Power FC; Blitz SBC boost controller; HKS turbo timer; HKS Hipermax D’NOB Spec coilovers; Ikeya Formula tie rods, upper arms; KTS tie rod ends; Kazama Auto tension rods, automation traction rods; Garage Mak knuckles; Cusco toe control arms; URAS Pineapple urethane subframe spacers; R33 GT-R four-piston front calipers; 17×9.5-in. front, 18×10-in. rear Work Meister S1R wheels in matte black with anodized bronzed barrels; 235/40R17 front, 255/35R18 rear Toyo Proxes R1R tires; Garage Mak Revolution bumpers, 55mm front and rear fenders; Seki Motorsports under panel, side fins; MOMO steering wheel; Works Bell Rapfix II quick release; Bride seats, floor mats; Schroth 3-in. belts; Cusco nine-point rollbar, rear triangle bar pillar bar; carbon-fiber dashboard; Defi 52mm gauges; Pivot shift lamp

Why We Love It:
Yuichi Seki had this beautiful S13 for 18 years when we featured it back in 2017, an ex-drift car that now tackles time attack days at the local circuit and earns hardware at car shows.

1991 NISSAN 180SX – One-Man Wonder

Mods:
SR20DET; HKS exhaust manifold, exhaust, boost controller; custom downpipe; Trust turbo; Blitz type 2 intercooler, intercooler pipes; OS Giken twin disc clutch; NISMO two-way limited-slip differential; HKS F-Con; Revolver-R Track-R coilovers; Project Mu D1 spec pads, rotors; 18×10-in. Work Emotion CR Kiwami wheels; 255/30R18 front 275/35R18 rear Dunlop Direzza tires; Car Modify Wonder Glare body kit, front and rear Twin Type canards, twin canard side skirts, GT rear quarter-panels and front fenders, Full Version front diffuser, Twin Blade wing; Wonder Red paint; Bride Gias bucket seat, Low Max seat rails; Car Modify Wonder Street Swing series steering wheel, shift knob

Why We Love It:
Car Modify Wonder big boss and ex-pro drifter Takashi Haruyama calls this S13 the best of “Saitama street style,” but we just think the one-off fastback is all kinds of badass.

According to French research, a car in Japan travels a yearly average of just 5,800 miles, compared to the UK average of 7,900 miles.

What does JDM stand for?

JDM stands for Japaense Domestic Market. This is a generic term that doesn’t just apply to cars.

JDM cars are legal for importation in the United States once they reach 25 years of age or older.

Is Nissan a JDM?

Nissan is a JDM brand. The Nissan Motor Company Ltd is a Japanese multi-national car manufacturer that is headquartered in Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan. Nissan sells cars to most western automotive markets.

This allowed the 90’s market to be geared towards petrol heads with Japanese manufacturers prioritising their newly refined technologies and designs for JDM cars before considering the international market.

As these high performance masterpieces begun hitting the streets, little did they know that these cars would maintain a huge cult following across the world to the present day with ever-increasing prices and popularity.

If you are looking for a new car specifically to put your mark on it and tune it to your heart’s content, then check out our best tuner cars article.

With this game-changing history in mind, let us take you back to the glory days as we check out our best JDM cars of the Nineties!

Mazda RX-7 FD

  • Model year: 1991-2002
  • Engine displacement: 1.3 litre twin-turbo
  • Power output: 252-276 bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: RWD

The FD was the third generation of the legendary Mazda RX7, this stylish front-engine rear wheel drive sports car attracted a huge following due to its sleek design and powerful performance.

The RX-7 was noted for its lightweight construction and unique twin turbo-chargers. It was the first ever mass-produced sequential twin-turbocharger system to come from Japan. The compact rotary engine was housed behind the front axle, which gave the vehicle a 50/50 front and rear weight balance combined with a low centre of gravity.

The car accelerated from 0-62 mph in 5.9 seconds, achieving a top speed of 155mph. The twin rotors gave it a wealth of torque throughout the entire rev range. Its innovative construction made it easy to handle and a joy to drive.

The Mazda RX-7 became a key JDM car because the engine gave a financial benefit to its Japanese owners. As the engine size was below 1.5 litres, this made the annual road tax more affordable whilst still offering more power than traditional inline engines.

In Britain, sales were initially slow but a price drop and word of mouth recommendations led to a surge in interest and the RX-7 became so popular that there were more parallel and grey market models brought into the country than Mazda UK had ever imported before.

Check out Rick’s Tuned RX-7 FD3S

Want to see a tuned RX-7 out in the wild? Check out “Rotary” Ricks stunning Mazda RX-7 in this full Drifted feature.

Honda NSX

  • Model year: 1990 – 2005
  • Engine displacement: 3 litres
  • Power output: 270-290 bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: RWD

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The first generation Honda NSX bucked the trend of low-budget JDM cars as it was designed to compete against Ferrari’s high performance models of the time and was marketed as the first “everyday supercar.”

This two seater mid-engine sports car was more reliable and exceeded the performance of its Italian rivals more expensive models despite its lower price.

Honda achieved this aim by using the powerful 3.0 litre 24 valve VTEC V6 engine, which incorporated innovative variable valve timing. They also installed titanium connecting rods, which lowered the reciprocating weight and improved the vehicle’s strength.

This allowed an additional 700 rpm, which brought the engine redline to 8000 rpm. The design of the car’s bodywork was based on the inside of the F-16 fighter jet’s cockpit. It was intended to give 360 degree visibility by moving the cabin forward and the long tail enhanced directional stability at high speed.

The vehicle accelerated from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds, with a top speed of 168 mph.

The NSX was designed to showcase several of the Japanese manufacturer’s automotive technologies, with many taken from its Formula One motorsports division. Honda had significant developmental resources at its disposal and put them to good use with this model.

Japanese F1 driver Saturo Nakajima and the late Brazilian world champion Ayrton Senna put the vehicle through its paces at the Suzuka race circuit, performing endurance driving to test the chassis tuning.

The Japanese domestic market continued to set trends as the Honda NSX was the first production car to feature an all-aluminium semi-monocoque unit body, which included a revolutionary extruded aluminium alloy frame and suspension components.

Using aluminium instead of steel saved nearly 200kg in weight in the car’s body alone, while the aluminium suspension arms saved a further 20kg in weight. This lightweight construction made the NSX easy to handle and a pleasure to drive.

Other innovations included an anti-lock brake system and electric power steering. These features meant the Honda NSX was durable and offered great value for money and quickly became one of the most popular JDM cars. This in-turn forced Ferrari to up their game, making its cars more reliable and easier to maintain.

Toyota Supra MKIV

  • Model year: 1993 – 2002
  • Engine displacement: 3 litres
  • Power output: 276-326 bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: RWD

The fourth generation of the Toyota Supra was a major departure from its 1980s counterpart. The previous boxy styling was replaced by a sophisticated curvaceous look and a large rear wing.

The car was redesigned to place a greater emphasis on performance and featured the legendary twin turbo-charged 2JZ engine. The twin turbos worked sequentially, boosting the engine and enhancing torque. The vehicle accelerated from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds, with a top speed of 156 mph.

Toyota went to great lengths to reduce the weight of this new model. Aluminium was used extensively and other measures included hollow carpet fibres, a magnesium-alloy steering wheel, a plastic petrol tank and lid, gas-injected rear spoiler and a single pipe exhaust.

Despite having more features than its predecessor, such as dual airbags, traction control, larger brakes, wheels, tyres and additional turbo, it still weighed in at 91kg lighter. This made it heavier than the Mazda RX7 and the Honda NSX, but it was still featured fantastic handling.

The Toyota Supra is one of the most sought-after JDM cars in the aftermarket scene and had a big effect on the counterculture, featuring in video games such as Gran Turismo and Need For Speed and The Fast And The Furious films.

Nissan Skyline GT-R

  • Model year: 1989 -2002
  • Engine displacement: 2.6 litres
  • Power output: 276 bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: AWD

The Nissan Skyline GT-R was initially produced between 1969 and 1973 as a touring car, with the later models known as the legendary “Kenmeri”. The model was revived in 1989 due to the brand’s desire to dominate motorsport.

Three generations of the vehicle were made and quickly became flagship Nissan performance cars.

The R32 model was designed to compete in Group A racing, the R33 updated the vehicle’s styling and the R34 lured enthusiasts partly because of its in-depth on-board analysis system and great looks. The vehicle showcased many advanced technologies such as the ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system and SUPER-HICAS four-wheel steering.

This product was the culmination of a decade’s worth of motor racing knowledge which cemented the model’s status at the forefront of JDM cars. The Nissan Skyline GT-R has become an iconic sports car, being named by Top Gear “as the only true Japanese contribution in the line of super cars” and by Jeremy Clarkson as “one of the best cars in the world.”

You can learn more about getting your hands on your own Skyline here: Why are Nissan Skylines illegal in the United States?

Subaru Impreza WRX STI

  • Model year: 1992-2000
  • Engine displacement: 2 litres
  • Power output: 247-276 bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: AWD

The performance-orientated Subaru Impreza WRX STI was designed to compete in the World Rally Championship. (WRX stands for World Rally eXperimental). Innovative technology such as an all-wheel drive drivetrain, stiffened suspension and a turbo-charged engine made it a rallying legend.

The Subaru Tecnica International (STI) models were exclusive JDM cars and were not available outside Japan. They were upgraded from the standard WRX vehicle with performance-tuned engines, transmissions and suspensions.

The STI was very successful in rallies and popular with street racers. It even found fame on the big screen after featuring in Edgar Wright’s cult heist film Baby Driver.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI

  • Model year: 1999-2001
  • Engine displacement: 2 litres
  • Power output: 276 bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: AWD

This sports sedan was the Subaru Impreza’s arch rival. It featured turbo-charged inline four-cylinder engines and a five-speed manual gearbox. The sixth generation was updated to improve cooling and engine durability.

It received new bodywork and the huge fog lights were reduced in size and moved to the corners for better airflow.

The Tommi Makinen edition was named after the Finnish racing legend, after he won four World Rallying Championships for Mitsubishi.

This version came with 17 inch Enkei white wheels, a faster-spooling titanium turbine, a lower ride height and quicker steering ratio.

All these improvements meant that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was now stronger and more impressive than ever.

These models quickly became significant JDM cars as they were originally limited to Japan, however, specific demand from grey import markets led to them being sold in the UK, Europe and USA.

Honda DC2 Integra Type R

  • Model year: 1995 – 2001
  • Engine displacement: 1.8 litres
  • Power output: 200 bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: FWD

The Honda DC2 Integra Type R was introduced exclusively to the Japanese domestic market and is widely acclaimed as one of the best front-wheel drive cars ever created. The Type R variant had a standard 200 PS engine and was equipped with a close ratio five-speed manual transmission and a helical limited-slip differential.

It was a significant upgrade from previous Integra models and boasted improved performance and handling.

The extensive changes included a strengthened chassis, reduced weight (this was achieved through using reduced sound insulation, a thinner windscreen and lighter wheels), more power, a hand-built engine, revised intake and exhaust systems and suspension upgrades. The VTEC technology allowed the engine redline to boast an impressive 8500 rpm.

The Type R was updated again in 1998. The main changes were a re-designed rear bumper, 16 inch wheels, bigger brakes and higher gear ratios. A further update in 2000 included a revised intake camshaft and more finely balanced drive shafts.

Honda lost money on every DC2 Integra Type R sold because of increased manufacturing costs due to its hand-finished production. The DC2 was critically acclaimed due to its legendary handling and high-revving engine and took its place amongst the best JDM cars of the Nineties.


Nissan Silvia

  • Model year: 1989-2002
  • Engine displacement: 2 litres
  • Power output: 133-247 bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: RWD

It was an instant hit in Japan and won the nation’s Car of The Year Award in 1989. This two door sports coupe also made a huge impression on the drifting scene as owners modified it to compete in competitions or on the touge.

The first 90’s model was originally introduced as the Silvia S13, featuring the CA18 engine which was later updated with the SR20 which also featured in the later S14 and S15 models.

Owners had a choice of turbo-charged or naturally-aspirated 1.8 litre engines for CA engines and 2 litre for SR’s. Consumers had the option of a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic gear ratio.

A six-speed manual was also added for the S15. A limited-slip differential was also available with some models, which offered drivers the ability to drift the car right out of the showroom. The Silvia is remembered as a low-slung sports car that helped to bring an incredible affordable chassis to the masses.

It is a now a firm favourite amongst fans of JDM cars from their Nineties heyday.

Check out the Kazama Auto built Nissan Silvia S15

Japanese tuners have been pushing the envelope with the Silvia S15 for years, this Kazama Auto built Silvia is one of my favourites.


Nissan 300 ZX

  • Model year: 1989 – 2000
  • Engine displacement: 3 litres
  • Power output: 300 bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: RWD

Nissan continued their emphasis on the Japanese domestic market with the 300 ZX. They utilised the Cray-2 supercomputer and a form of CAD software, making it one of the first production cars to be designed using this tool. It was a whole new design, with a rounded body and fewer hard edges.

This second generation model retained the turbo-charged V6 engine of its predecessor but was more upmarket, being faster, larger, more capable, more advanced and much higher-priced. On the twin-turbo models, four-wheel steering was available under the name Super HICAS (High Capacity Actively Controlled Steering).

It was also offered without the turbo-charged engine and as a hard top, T-top or convertible, like many sports cars of the period. It accelerated from 0-60 mph in just over 5 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph, making it one of the fastest Japanese sports cars of the 1990s.

As well as impressive speed figures, due to its well-tuned chassis, sport-orientated suspension and active rear steering it was classed as an impressive all-rounder. It was a leading exponent of JDM cars and featured a number of trim variants that were not available on the international market.

These included the “Version R” with Recaro front seats, leather rear seats in the four seater and larger side skirts.

Honda EK9 Civic Type R

  • Model year: 1997 – 2001
  • Engine displacement: 1.6 litres
  • Power output: 182 bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: FWD

This is the highest performance version of the Honda Civic and it was at the forefront of JDM cars because it was unavailable outside Japan. It is a three door hatchback with a lightened and stiffened body, specially tuned engine and upgraded brakes and chassis.

The model was designed on sporting lines with the interior featuring a wealth of red fittings and a stylish leather-wrapped steering wheel.

A red badge was used to accentuate this distinction and differentiate it from other Honda models. This emphasis on sporting success continued in 1998, when the Motorsports edition was released. It featured steel wheels but no air conditioning, power windows, power steering or radio and the standard Type R interior.

Like its counterpart, the Integra Type R, the Civic was modified to fit Honda’s vision of a car capable of high performance on the racetrack. Other similarities between the two vehicles were the omission of sound-deadening and other weight-reduction measures, a hand-ported B16B engine, front helical limited-slip differential and a close-ratio five-speed manual gearbox.

These made the model more stable and reduced wheel spin while racing. The B16B engine generated one of the highest power outputs per litre of all time for a naturally-aspirated engine, with 182 bhp. In a further innovation, for the first time a strategically seam-welded monocoque chassis was used to improve the car’s rigidity.

If you could tone down the paint and styling, a tuned civic could make for an excellent street sleeper.


Nissan Pulsar GTI-R

  • Model year: 1990 – 1994
  • Engine displacement: 2 litres
  • Power output: 186-227 bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: AWD

This fourth generation Pulsar shares many characteristics with the Nissan Skyline GT-R, such as its hardcore all-wheel drive and turbo-charged ethos. It is a triumph of substance over style – it’s certainly not the prettiest car out there!.

What it lacks in style, this small pocket-rocket makes up for in sheer power and driver enjoyment.
The Nissan Pulsar (its name refers to a pulsating star) built up an enthusiastic following in Japan.

Its cult status developed despite little promotion from the manufacturer. This unpretentious five seater hatchback was specifically produced to enter the World Rally Championship. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds, with a top speed of 144 mph.

Honda S2000

  • Model year: 1999 – 2009
  • Engine displacement: 2 litres
  • Power output: 237-247 bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: RWD

It may come as a surprise that Honda features again in our list, but it’s a testament to how impressive they were back in the ‘90s – launched in 1999, the S2000 narrowly makes the cut-off.

In many ways, we feel that the S2000 was underrated and underappreciated, with the F1-inspired F20C engine becoming the highest-powered naturally aspirated production engine ever built at the time. 

Before Ferrari launched the 458 Italia to the market, the S2000 held this title for a mind-blowing ten years.

Despite the Ferrari’s higher total output, the 9,000 rpm F20C produces 123.5 HP/L, compared to the 458 Italia’s 124.5 HP/L, making it incredible value for money in comparison!

Alongside its impeccable 50/50 weight distribution and awe-inspiring engine, the S2000 itself is undisputably a thing of beauty. 

In the same time that Honda sold 3.1 million Civic’s, just 66,860 S2000’s rolled out of the showroom in the US before Honda ceased production, making them somewhat rare and increasingly sought-after.

We do not doubt that the S2000 will go on to become a future classic, and if you’re considering getting your hands on one, you’ll want to check out our S2000 tuning guides to discover their true potential.

Spoiler alert: You could potentially aim for 700 hp – imagine that in a two-seater roadster!


What future JDM legends are on the horizon?

These classic JDM cars are now being upgraded and modified by the next generation of petrol heads who get to enjoy it all over again.

Toyota Supra (A90)

Meanwhile, as time advances, the brand new A90 Toyota Supra will be released next year, following its debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

It is one of the most eagerly-anticipated performance car launches of 2019 and the Supra promises to be an uncompromising vehicle.

The model is rumoured to offer up to 330 bhp and 450 Nm of torque (and an additional 50Nm available with overboost) from a 3.0 litre turbo-charged in-line straight six engine. It will sprint from 0-62 mph in just 3.8 seconds.

The dimensions are: 4.38m in length, 1.86m wide and 1.29m tall with a 2.47m wheelbase. The six cylinder version is said to weigh just under 1500kg.

Toyota describe the Supra as a “pure sports car” and potential owners are likely to modify it to fit their own specifications. The provision of an automatic transmission or a manual gearbox is still under discussion.

Toyota’s new Gazoo Racing team will play a big role in the development of the new vehicle, with the Supra set to be entered into competition. Insiders claim that the new model will come in four variants: The basic Supra, Supra GR, Supra GR Sport and the Supra GRMN.


Nissan Silvia (S16)

The long-awaited Nissan Silvia S16 has also been rumoured to be released in 2021. The model was discontinued in 2002, so aficionados of JDM cars will undoubtedly rejoice should this day come to fruition!

It is expected to be a worthy successor to the Silvia lineage and cement the vehicle’s reputation for quality and drive-ability.

Nissan are expected to develop a bespoke platform for the S16, which will be relatively lightweight. The end result should keep with the ethos of being a lightweight rear-wheel-drive sports car with almost 50:50 weight distribution.

The car is rumoured to be receiving a new generation 2.0 litre turbo-charged in-line four cylinder engine, which should deliver in excess of 300 bhp. You can read our complete Nissan Silvia S16 guide right here.

Nissan GTR

The new generation Nissan GTR is a supercar that lives up to its name. It is fitted with a 3.8 litre twin-turbo V6 engine and horsepower and torque have both increased from the previous model, now standing at 565 bhp and 637 Nm with a whopping top speed of 196mph.

The model features enhanced aerodynamics with greater downforce and improved body rigidity for more stability and better handling. This new Nissan GTR is on sale now. You might also want to check out our new Nissan 400Zguide.

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