Ever since Japan started conquering the automotive industry, there has been no shortage of cool Japanese cars. From sports coupes and supercars to rally specials, the land of the rising sun has given us numerous unique models to lust and dream for. Whatever your driving appetite is, Japanese automakers seem to already have the recipe.
And if you want to try some of their famous recipes, you’re just at the right place. We will cover all of the coolest Japanese cars ever built, from cheap sports cars to expensive classics. Choosing one of these models will give you a spicy and tasteful driving experience that few other vehicles can match.
When Toyota first launched the AE86 in 1983, it wasn’t particularly fast or exciting to potential buyers. Based on a Corolla platform with RWD configuration, it was the company’s answer to compact sports cars from that era. Little did Toyota know that it will also become a true drift icon.
Thanks to the balanced and light RWD chassis, and screaming naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter 4A-GE engine upfront, the AE86 was a recipe for fun. Immediately, this configuration struck a chord with drifters that wanted to have fun on a budget. Today, the AE86 is known as the car that started the drifting craze in Japan. Furthermore, it still manages to capture the hearts of car enthusiasts that want to go sideways.