Top Gear (Philippines) - - New Metal -

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.

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