Japanese sports cars as well as other JDM paraphernalia holds a special place in my heart. When I was growing up, two of my Uncles lived with me. One of them was very young, he was 18 when I was born, and he was very into cars. One of the best memories I have bonding with him was watching the Fast and the Furious movies. At the tender age of 5, I could name the make and model of most cars I spotted when looking around. My Mom would let me pick out a little matchbox car whenever we went through the checkout aisle of the grocery store, and I was able to name all the pieces to my little collection. As I got a little older though, I grew especially fond of the Japanese models. The little 240Zs, the 300ZXs, the Skylines, the Supras, the MR2s, the RX-7s, etc. I always loved the idea that something so small, so nimble, and so cheap could manage to put out so much power without giving up handling. Forced induction is a concept that I hold dear to my heart; I’ll go more into detail on that in a later post. There is a certain soul to Japanese sports cars that just isn’t there with their European and American counterparts. The Europeans are too overly complicated mechanically, and the Americans are way to simple. The Japanese hits that little sweet spot. A wise man once said a car is fun when you can push it to it’s edges, and its far easier to push a turbocharged I4 engine to the redline than it is for a massive LS V8. You don’t have to be going stupid fast to have fun. These cars may have had their heyday in the late 80s throughout the 90s, but they are making their grand return and boy are they coming out swinging. With the return of classics like the Supra, and the reinvention of legends like the NSX and the GTR, Japan is trying to reclaim the affordable sports car crown. And I can’t wait for them to do it.