THE JAPANESE BUILD EXCITING CARS ONCE AGAIN
we all know that the Japanese have always been a force to reckon with when it comes to automobiles. In fact, most people would think of brands like Toyota, Honda, or Nissan for their new car purchase.
But alas, the Japanese have been so busy trying to sell cars that they have somehow forgotten what it means to have fun behind the wheel. Don’t get us wrong. They have churned out some shining examples in the past, such as the Toyota 2000GT, the Sports 800, the Celica, and even the AE86. Then there are the Mazda RX-7 and the MX-5. And even the Honda Civic, which essentially is a sensible car, has had some exciting variants at one point or another. Yet the reality is that sales have dictated the creation of crossovers and more mainstream models.
All is not lost, however, as car enthusiasts have reason to rejoice. If you’ve been following the auto industry lately, you will see the reemergence of fun cars that are actually within the reach of most buyers. We’re not talking about Porsche or BMW money here. Rather, we refer to models like the Toyota FT-1 concept (rumored to be the successor to the Supra) and the recently unveiled S-FR concept. Apart from these future models, who can leave out the 86 and its equally hot Subaru BRZ twin?
Mazda, meanwhile, has just released the RXVision. The spiritual successor to the legendary RX-7 packs the brand’s trademark rotary engine, this time complete with Skyactiv tech. And one shouldn’t count out Honda, as it fields models like the S660 mini roadster, the Project 2&4, and even the 10th-generation Civic. The latter is pretty interesting as it hopes to bring ‘fun’ back into the compact segment, even packing a VTEC turbo lump to boot.
In fact, all these cars have one thing in common: They’re lightweight, and they promise to be a blast behind the tiller. With cars like these, it looks like fun is back in Japan.