- May 9th, 2013
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A few weeks ago, we talked about the Nissan GTR which was a supercar bang for your buck. This time however, we look at and listen to Jonny Lieberman of Motor Trends in one of the Head 2 Head episodes online talking about the Past, Present and Future of Japanese supercars.
Japanese supercars back in the early 90′s had the engineers and top management at Ferrari and Porsche panic and ‘up all night in cold sweats’ as Jonny had put it.
Ferrari was known to build beautiful, elegant supercars with an equally beautiful engine orchestra emanating from their tailpipes. Porsche built driver focused supercars that handled and performed so well which tore the Nurburgring apart back in the days. Lamborghini made supercars which was so raw and powerful and beautiful which lead young teenage boys to have posters of them hung on their walls in hope to drive or own them one day.
However, were they reliable? Could you drive them on a daily basis without having to wear ear plugs? (Lamborghini Countach) Did they provide your regular creature comforts?
The Japanese, very well known for their cheap and reliable cars, took this point in their advantage and with their amazing technology and engineering knowledge, they came up with their version of supercars.
Namely a few:
1) Honda NSX / NSX-R
2) Toyota Supra
3) Mazda RX-7
4) Nissan 300ZX
If I missed out any, please feel free to comment below and share with us your choice of Japanese supercars!
Let’s watch Jonny as he talks (and drives!) to us about the Japanese supercars, focussing on the Honda/Acura NSX and the new Lexus LFA!
Be sure to watch minutes 12:27 – 13:15 as it had me smiling from ear to ear!
Last piece of advice to all you car nuts: