The last we’ve seen from Toyota is the Toyota Supra back in 1993. This MKIV Supra was the 4th in it’s generation and it was powered by an in-line 6 cylinder engine in N/A or twin-turbocharged forms. The N/A made 225ps and the turbocharged monster made 280hp. The cars were rear-wheel drive.
This was the last R34 Skyline. The GT-R version of the car was powered by an in-line six cylinder 2.6 litre engine. It had 6 throttles and twin turbochargers. Yes, the venerable RB26DETT. Due to Japan’s regulations, the engine made 280hp but with a simple ECU swap more power could be unleashed easily. The car comes a special all-wheel-drive system that works in rear wheel drive but kicks into all-wheel-drive whenever there’s slip detected.
The Honda NSX is absolutely orgasmic to drive. The car is powered by a mid-engined 3.2 litre VTEC V6 engine that is pretty tame at low revs but goes crazy past 6000rpm all the way up to a screamnig 8500rpm. The NSX originally featured a 3.0 VTEC V6 engine making 265bhp. Then in February 1998, Honda introduced a new 3.2 litre engine with 277bhp, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. 0-100 takes you 5.7sec.
These monsters have been around for a very long time now. Only the Honda/Acura NSX was being manufactured up till recently when production was stopped.
But they DO have replacements. Otherwise it would be a waste of it’s manufacturer’s F1 involvement (except for Nissan) wouldn’t it? Stay tuned.
UPDATE: I am blogging about these 3 cars because later I want to blog about the 3 replacements for these 3 cars. Doesn’t mean the other Japanese sports cars are not ‘legendary’ :P