Top 3 Most Particular JDM Cars
MAZDA RX-7 FD
Model year: 1991 to 2002.
Engine displacement : 80 cubic inches with sequential twin turbo.
Power output : From 252 to 276 bhp.
Drivetrain : RWD.
Engine Layout : Front mid-ship engine.
The RX-7 is one of the most desired cars in the JDM community, we all dream about this spitting-flame monster but the rotary is reputed to complex... Even if it's design is way simpler than any other engine.
People are arguing about the rotary engine efficiency since a long time if you wan't to know more about it go check out this article.
Some says that with the right maintenance and some love you can avoid problems others claims that it is just unreliable and a lot are hesitating about buying one, doubting about their potential purchase.
In reality an RX-7 is a unique machine that will be only more desirable as the time passes.
The design is immaculate, the car is very light : around 2680 lb the engine is angry, lightweight, the 13B delivers more than 250 horsepower and a nice torque all across the rev range with only 61 cubic inches!
This engine is also ( as owners says ) for the most part completely reliable and it is a piece of cake to maintain.
Owners are saying in average that around 60k miles comes that all important rebuild, which prices at rotary's specialists are affordable, usually a lot cheaper than a rebuild on a comparable 4 cylinder engine.
With an excellent and almost perfectly balanced RWD chassis and that glorious turbocharged 13B rotary engine which rev forever all the ingredients for a JDM icon are there. With production lasted over 10 years but it seems like we won't ever see a rotary-only Japanese sport coupe that is this much legendary.
Today car makers have to comply with emissions standard and this is not where the rotary engine is shining...
Acura / Honda NSX
Model year : 1990 – 2005
Engine displacement : 183 / 195 cubic inches
Engine Type : V6 DOHC V-TEC 24 valves
Power output : 270-290 bhp
Engine name : C30A (1990-1997)/ C32B (1997-2005)
Engine Layout : rear mid-engine
Drivetrain configuration: RWD
The 1st gen Acura / Honda NSX was the first JDM supercar, so the first Japanese car designed to contend against bests Ferrari’s models of the time and Honda marketed it as the first “daily-driven supercar”.
Branded as the Acura NSX in Canada, USA and Hong-Kong, this two seater rear mid-engine supercar was more reliable, cheaper and exceeded the performance of Italian supercars like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati of this Era.
Honda used the powerful, naturally aspirated 3.0 litre 24 valve V6 engine helped by the implementation of the mighty V-Tec (bringing the redline to 8000 rpm) with titanium connecting rods : a first for a production car by that time which improved the vehicle’s strength while decreasing the weight.
Later the displacement was to be increased in 1997.
The NSX was designed with a long tail for a better directional stability at high speed.
0-60 mph was done in 5.7 seconds and the top speed was 168 mph.
The NSX was a "Halo Car" displaying Honda's automotive technologies, with many coming from its Formula One division. The Aluminium monocoque chassis and extruded aluminium suspension components for example is now common for sports cars but very rare at that time.
Famous F1 drivers Ayrton Senna and Saturo Nakajima helped developing the prototype at the Suzuka circuit, pushing the limits to test the chassis tuning.
This weight management made the NSX behave so well and easy to handle that Gordon Murray even quoted :
"when i started to drive the NSX every cars i was referring to (Porsches, Ferraris, Lamborghini...) to build my car just disappeared. Of course the car we wanted to create, the Mc Laren F1 had to be faster than the NSX, but the quality of the behaving of the NSX was our new goal".
Offered with electric power steering and anti-lock brake system. The Honda NSX was a durable and reasonable purchase highlighting the JDM world by becoming one of the most popular JDM cars and a competitive option in top performances car market. This new competition forced the supercar industry to up their game, making cars more reliable and easier to maintain.
Subaru Forester STI (SG9)
Let's say you wan't a sports car but reality is you need space, maybe you have kids, maybe you work hard and need tools or maybe you want to go camping in the mountain, passing rough terrain and a bit of off road and you can't afford many cars... Your brain tell your JDM heart "don't even think about it!".
Well this is why the Forester has been made for, this car is packing literally everything you could ask... maybe just not fuel economy.
Faster than the Impreza WRX of the same year, the Forester is a seriously sporty SUV well in advance on the era.
The Forester STI was build on the same platform than the Impreza, it was just a bit higher and it was equipped with the exact same turbocharged engine than the Impreza STI !
This was the first fusion ever between a Rally winning icon and a small SUV body, available from the factory with a six speed gearbox.
The Boxer engine deliver torque on demand with in bonus the boxer's typical sweet and rumbly noise going out of the exhaust. To us at JDM-BEST we honestly think that this is the perfect sleeper.
Discreet, convenient, fast, going everywhere, fun and capable this has been a revolution for the performance cars enthusiast world.