It’s high time companies brought back these cool JDM cars

As eternal as they may appear, not all car license plates can last forever. Cars can be hired for a number of reasons, such as: B. from falling sales, increased model problems or high production costs. If the models fail to meet the requested profits, the brands must demand that they be removed from the range in order to save the bottom line.

Same goes for these iconic JDM cars. Although some of these models were very popular in the domestic market for their speed, comfort, or aesthetic properties, they have all since been discontinued. However, their reputation has resulted in a significant number of them being kept pristine by their owners. But as recent comeback models like the Bronco or Defender prove, it’s never too late for a second chance, and we are convinced that these ten Japanese cars deserve it more than any other.

Honda S2000

Honda S2000 front view

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The S2000 is one of the best roadsters released by Honda between 1999 and 2009. It was a convertible two-seater with a long hood to underline its sporty character. The powertrain also included a 2.0-aspirated four-cylinder that was good for 240 hp. And given its curb weight of 2,855 pounds, that performance gave it a power-to-weight ratio unmatched in its segment.

Silverstone Metallic 2004 Honda S2000

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Interestingly, the car had to be stationary so that the roof could be operated. Even if the earlier versions did not have traction control, the ride was very exciting due to the balanced and stiff chassis.

Related: 9 Things Everyone Forgot About The Honda S2000

Mazda RX-8

2010 Mazda RX-8 sports car

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The Mazda RX-8 represented the automaker’s peak performance, considering that the naturally aspirated engine replaced the turbochargers in the RX-7. The 1.3 liter rotary engine offers a decent output of 210 hp.

Mazda RX-8 - Front Quarter

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The lack of forced induction has rubbed some buyers in the wrong direction as it resulted in less performance and made the RX-8 seem like a disappointment compared to its predecessor. Should Mazda bring back the RX series, they would solve the notorious Wankel engine problems or abandon that powertrain for the RX series altogether. The stricter emissions regulations would also have to be complied with.

Nissan 240SX

Rocket Bunny Nissan 240SX


The 240SX doesn’t need any introduction as it was the figurehead of drifting when the JDM culture took off. The second generation had a 2.4-liter KA24DE I4 with 140 hp. It wasn’t the fastest car, of course, but the handling was sublime, and its modification potential made it a favorite with the auto enthusiast community.

Nissan 240SX Sleepy Eye

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The interior was quite spartan considering it was discontinued before technology packs took center stage. A remake would likely resemble what the Toyota did to the GT 86, and include more convenience, infotainment, and safety.

Related: A Detailed Review of the Nissan 240SX

Honda Integra Type-R

    Honda Integra DC2 Type R

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The second Honda on the list had a high-revving VTEC engine with a 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder with 220 hp. It was a real front-wheel sports can with a limited-slip differential.

    Honda Integra DC2 Type R

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The car also had significant aesthetic appeal and great interior accents that have the potential for luxury when redesigned. A comeback of the Integra is apparently planned as a twin model for the Civic sedan in China as early as 2022.

Mitsubishi Evo

Mitsubishi Evolution 4


Mitsubishi’s epic rally offerings fascinated the world from the early 1990s to two decades later. It was made as an aggressive response to the Subaru Impreza in the WRC, although some were made as production cars. Not only were they fast, but they also had incredible handling.

Red Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

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It was also the only correct response to the WRX. A return of the turbocharged Evo would appeal to several auto enthusiasts should the automaker decide to bring it back. Right up to the last generation, the model showed further developments in terms of performance, technology and comfort.

Mitsubishi Eclipse

1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse in the movie Fast & Furious

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The Eclipse was produced between 1989 and 2011 as a classic sedan sports car. Its success was thanks to its aesthetic style and performance. The Eclipse had the GS and GSX variants with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 16-valve 4G63 engine developing 195 hp.

Modified Mitsubishi 2G Eclipse GSX


It was the same engine as in the Evo, which shows why the Eclipse was so fast. It was underestimated at the time and would likely be considered fast, stylish and fuel efficient right now.

Related: That’s why the 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX was special

Toyota MR2

1994Toyota MR2 parked

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Considering that Toyota had success resurrecting the Supra, they could have the same by bringing back the mid-engined MR2. It was a sporty convertible that resembled the typical European sports cars from Porsche, Ferrari and Fiat.

2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder at BringaTrailer auctions

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Its light weight was complemented by a 1.8 liter VVTI engine developing 138 hp. The fact that this is a mid-engined car was a lot of fun because of the handling. It was also very affordable, so it would become a hit with the young sports car enthusiasts.

Subaru SVX

Silver Subaru SVX


The SVX is a sporty two-door coupe that was launched when Japanese luxury cars began to challenge the European segment. The SVX was discontinued due to recurring transmission problems, but it was a popular sports car.

All-wheel drive 1990s Subaru SVX

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The engine was a 3.3 liter variant of the EJ22 with 231 hp. If the automaker were to bring the model back, it would likely include a hybrid setup and fix the transmission issues. The interior and the technology could also use some improvements.

Mitsubishi 3000GT

Mitsubishi 3000GT - Front Quarter

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The 3000GT, also known as the Mitsubishi GTO, was a performance car favorite in the 90s. The engine was a powerful 3.0-liter, twin-turbo, 300 horsepower V6, more than what most Japanese sports cars were producing at the time.

Mitsubishi 3000GT - Rear Quarter

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Though technologically advanced, the 3000GT was economical, which means it would be a fan favorite in a restoration. The new model would have significant aesthetic potential to build on as the discontinued series was very pretty.

Related: That’s why the Mitsubishi 3000GT was ahead of its time

Toyota Celica

Toyota Celica Sport M TRD Blue stock

The Celica was also a popular JDM car from the 90s and early 2000s. It inherited the performance pedigree of the rally car, which was a major competitor after the Group B days. Because of its intuitive handling, it was considered a great car that could be driven at any speed.

1994 Toyota Celica GT4

The drive train comprised a 1.8-liter four-cylinder supercharged engine with 187 hp. It wasn’t the most powerful car, but the styling and handling would be greatly appreciated when it returned to production.

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