NISSAN 200SX (1994-2003)
In the mid-1990s, Subaru was getting all the headlines – sometimes for the wrong reasons – with its rally-developed WRX, its turbocharged 2.0-litre all-wheel drive weapon. Toyota offered its Celica GT4, too (at a very stiff price) but for me, the Nissan 200SX is the keeper. This conventionally styled but pretty coupe (without any of the WRX’s overt spoilers and driving lights) was powered by Nissan’s gorgeous (and tough) turbocharged SR20 2-litre twin-cammer and put the power to the ground through just the rear wheels, giving it that beautiful balance and tactile steering that enthusiast drivers crave. Many have been boosted/butchered/ drifted so be careful… I don’t have a spare $20K right now but I’d love a mint unmodified later model (with the sharper nose for 1997) in my garage.