We look at ‘90s Japanese dream cars and tell you which of your fan favourites are within your grasp…
Living in Singapore, it isn’t uncommon to see Japanese cars on the streets and in our workshops! Japanese car manufacturers have always had a special place in our hearts; especially so for ‘90s kids, with their futuristic, sleek and engaging automobile design. Today, we revisit the ‘90s and point out the iconic Japanese dream cars from the era that you CAN still own…
Mazda MX5 Miata NB 1998
Debuting at the tail end of the ‘90s, the Mazda Miata 1998 is an excellent choice for beginners to drift in! A classic Japanese take on the iconic drop-top Italian sports automobile, its NB designation refers to the second generation of the MX5 model. This update received improvements over the original which included a power output hike!
The decade’s tail end saw the introduction of perhaps the purist driver’s car – the Honda S2000. Its formidable 2.0-litre engine is known for its front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout – realising a perfect 50-50 front and rear weight distribution. It also required frequent revving to ensure that the Honda-specific VTEC system would kick in, making the S2000 a pure performance car not meant for the weak hearted!
Mitsubishi Evolution VI
Rally race fans have plenty to rejoice, with ‘90s icon Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution series releasing 6 generations of models during the decade! The Evo VI has the same 2.0-litre turbocharged 4G63T that was present in the ‘92 Evo I, but it is now stronger than ever. This sixth incarnation also features arguably its most noteworthy variation – the Tommi Makinen Edition, named after the Finnish rally legend after his fourth World Rally Championship victory!
Mazda RX-7 FD3
Arguably the best looking car of its time, the sleek lines and gorgeous curves of the RX-7 ensures its timeless beauty. Beauty complements brawn though – the 1.3-litre twin-rotor engine has won over many fans for its distinct rev-up roar. With its equal front-rear weight distribution, low centre of gravity and competitive weight, it is no surprise that the RX-7 is considered among the all-time greats, no matter the decade!
Honda Civic EK 9 Type R
Made for your day-to-day travelling needs, the Honda Civic was originally built to be a small and durable machine. The EK9 Type R variation also went on to become one of the world’s most popular hatchbacks! With a 1.6-litre engine that produced 182 bhp, the Civic also featured a hand-ported engine and a helical limited-slip differential which was remarkable for such a lightweight automobile.