The Friday Five – Top Five Japanese Imports

Following on from our top five American Muscle cars that we blogged about in our last Friday Five, this week we’re looking at the five best Japanese cars on the market. Japanese cars have for decades been some of the most reliable cars you could buy and more recently they’ve produced some of the best cars money can buy!

So, without any further ado, here’s our Friday Five this week:

5. Subaru Impreza WRX


In fifth place is the Subaru Impreza WRX. Rather than specifying just one version of the Impreza WRX, this fifth place is awarded to the entire Impreza WRX range as, since 1992, Subaru have produced a number of iterations of the Impreza WRX, all of which have sold well – particularly the first generation model! The Impreza WRX comes with numerous performance upgrades, including a turbocharger, helping boost power over standard models and numerous other cars on the road too for that matter!

4. Mazda RX-8


The RX-8 replaced the popular RX-7 in 2003 and has been a relative success ever since. The RX-8 is unique in the fact that it has “suicide doors” fitted at the rear in order to allow easier access. The RX-8 also comes with a Wankel rotary engine. The brilliance of the Wankel engine is that with a displacement of just 1308cc, it is capable of producing 191bhp. The engine makes use of an eccentric rotary design that converts pressure into a rotating motion instead of using reciprocating pistons. Clever and efficient!

3. Mazda MX-5


In third place is yet another Mazda (they do seem to go down well in this country!). The MX-5 is the most popular lightweight sports car ever produced with worldwide sales of over 900,000 units. The MX-5 is so popular due to its good looks, fun driving experience and low costs, including cheap motor insurance. Mazda, it would seem, really captured the heart and soul of what a true affordable sports car should be like.

2. Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R


The Skyline R34 GT-R makes into the number 2 spot this week thanks to the fact that it is a pretty special site on the road. They’re very rare to come by, but when you do manage to spot one, they look fantastic. They also sound fantastic, and they’re quick too. This is achieved through the 2.6 litre twin turbocharged engine that produces just shy of 300bhp. They’re a favourite amongst the tuning community and car enthusiasts alike. In case you’re wondering just whether the Skyline truly deserves its number 2 spot, it’s important to remember that it is partly responsible for what sits in 1st place this week…

1. Nissan GT-R


There was only ever going to be one car reaching the top spot this week – the Nissan GT-R. Not just the best Japanese car ever produced, but arguably the greatest car ever produced, from any part of the globe. The GT-R is a comfortable, luxury cruiser that is also capable of setting blistering times around the most challenging circuit in the world, the Nurburgring. Once you’ve set your Ferrari beating time, you can then drive your family home in comfort, such is the interior quality and capacity. The GT-R has also racked up an extensive list of accolades and achievements since its introduction in 2007. All hail the automotive King of Japan!

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