90s is definitely one of the best era in history. In the history of Automotive, we can easily name cars from this decade that left a huge mark and were highly acclaimed by critics. Some of the greatest cars from this generation includes the Lexus LS400, the Ford Ranger, GMC Cyclone, Buick Roadmaster to name a few and we cannot deny the fact that this ear is dominated by some of the well known JDM or Japanese Domestic Market cars. Today we are listing down ten of the greatest JDM cars that are undeniably amazing and highly remarkable. Please keep in mind that this entry is listed in no particular order.
10. Nissan 300ZX
It is very hard to imagine this list of the greatest cars of the 90s without the Nissan 300SX on it. Nissan 300ZX is one of the highly acclaimed Nissan sports cars. It was named as Motor Trend’s Import Car of the Year in 1990 and it has been one of the Ten Best List of Car And Driver for seven consecutive years. In addition to that, the car was named as one of the greatest cars of all time by Automobile magazine. Those that are being produced from 1983 to 1989 is called the Z31 while those produced in years 1990-2000 is called the Z32. Although Z31 is more recognized, the Z32 model is something not to be ignored. In the Japanese market, the The 300ZX came with the VG30ET, with the same spec as the USDM model. The only factory Z31 variant to use the VG30DE engine was the 300ZR. Regular 300ZXs came with a 3.0-liter V6 that produced 222 hp and 198 pound-feet of torque. The Turbo variant of Nissan 300ZX had a modified version that generates bigger output. Well, thanks to intercooling and a single turbo for each cylinder bank, it produced 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.
9. Toyota Corolla AE86
Like the Nissan 300ZX, the Toyota Corolla is another iconic car of the 90s. It also has huge following. The AE86 generation of the Toyota Corolla Levin and Toyota Sprinter Trueno is a small, lightweight coupe or hatchbackintroduced by Toyota in 1983 as part of the fifth generation Toyota Corolla lineup. For the purpose of brevity, the insider-chassis code of “AE86” depicts the 1600 cc RWD model from the range. In classic Toyota code, the “A” represents the engine that came in the car (4A series), “E” represents the Corolla, “8” represents the fifth generation (E80 series) and “6” represents the variation within this generation. Interestingly in Japan, it is also known as Hachi-Roku. All of the variants is powered by the same engine which is the 1.6L 4A-GEC Inline 4 engine. During its production life, the AE86 was a popular choice for showroom stock, Group A, and Group N racing, especially in rallying and circuit races. Even after production of the car was discontinued, many privateer teams still raced the AE86, and it is still a popular choice for rallying and club races today. In popular culture, the car was used in many form of media. It made numerous appearances in movies like Fast and Furious and Initial D. It was also used in many racing video games (Need For Speed series to be specific).
8. Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Subaru Impreza is a well known compact Automobile which started since 1992 and still being produced today. It is currently on its 4th generation. The WRX is one of the variants or engine option for Subaru Impreza and there have been seven noted versions of the WRX dating back from Subaru’s original World Rally Cross staging vehicles. Subaru adopted the name “WRX” to stand for “World Rally eXperimental” but in other parts of the world, WRX stands for World Rally Cross. They did adopted the name because all their WRX versions were note just merely inspired but features rally cars technology including the All wheel drive, stiffened suspensions and turbocharged four cylinder engines.The WRX was debuted in 1992 and since then, it went through many upgrades. In 1994, the WRX STI was introduced (100 per month). Its engine can generate 247 bhp. This version of the STI was the only version where the standard cars were taken at the end of the assembly line and replaced by STI parts. Much like the WRX, the WRX STI also underwent major facelift especially in newer generations which features a much more impressive performance and outputs. In 2008, a limited edition WRX STI were produced in celebration of its 20th anniversary.