L​and of The Rising Sun : Tom's Opinion

I​ hope you like older cars and the word 'Japan', 'cause this is a long one!

1y ago

Let’s get this point out there shall we? I currently have a big crush on someone, and I know it’s kind of embarrassing to reveal your crush, but here we go. Her name is ‘the world of 1990s-2000s Japanese cars’. I know her name is quite a mouthful, but her parents were indecisive. Anyway, straying away from that hugely comedic metaphor, I do in fact like Japanese cars from this era, in case you couldn’t tell and I’m not just jumping on the bandwagon, I really have a strong passion for these sorts of cars. I go through different phases of what I do and don’t like, and Japanese cars were always on the good side, just deep in the background. I used to think they were cool but were a bit tacky and a bit odd, with their neon under-glow, small engines and unnecessarily loud exhaust. But now I think they’re awe-inspiring and advanced pieces of machinery, with passion, big turbos and unnecessarily loud exhausts (that’s a positive now, by the way).

Firstly, is about how I became interested in these sorts of cars. Partly is because of the usual reason, The Fast and The Furious (the first 3, before it started being about guns, revenge and flying submarines or whatever). As I am sure anyone who is reading this knows the basis of The Fast and The Furious (first 3, like I said before, Gallo 24 and stuff) and in case you don’t, I’ll catch you up with 5 words: street racing with modified cars. There was always a rivalry between ‘Import’ and ‘Muscle’ and I used to be on the muscle side, with big displacements and ‘murican V8s. What’s not to find appealing with names such as the Challenger or Barracuda or Hellcat and huge power and torque numbers. But the more I watched the films (mainly Tokyo Drift) and played racing games, with my two favourites being Need For Speed ProStreet and Midnight Club LA, I started to sway more towards the import side.

Now that I am at an ancient 18 years of age, I’m moving away from what the fictional interpretation of these cars more towards the more realistic side. And I’m coming to find that these representations of the Japanese cars aren’t all that fictional at all and come across as quite accurate. Meanwhile I am only young, and I only have experience of 1 Japanese car, being the MK2 Toyota MR2, which I loved hugely, it doesn’t stop me from watching review after review after review of different ones that I genuinely dream of owning. I’ll take my most recent obsession as an example, the Mitsubishi 3000GT (or GTO, depending on the market). It was very advanced for its time, having 4-wheels-steering, active-aero, electrically adjustable suspension and exhaust, all in 1990. The stats aren’t mind-blowing by today’s standards, but for a car that is now 30 years old, they’re not bad. Around 300ftlb of torque, 320bhp, 0-60 of early to mid 5 seconds in a grand tourer that weighs around 1700kg. These were made possible with the passion that Japan has for their cars that I will get onto, after these arousing pictures of the car in question.

Sorry to make you stop gazing at the jaw-dropping 3000GT, but I have more rambling for you to read. This piece of magnificence was a product of Japan’s passionate building style. Each country has one for their cars: the UK has class and elegance; Germany has impeccable craftsmanship; Italy has flamboyance and beauty; America has big power and deafening engines and finally, Japan has tradition and advanced technical prowess. My favourite era was around the 90s and 00s, since this is where their most famous (and rightfully so) models were created. I’m sure you’ve heard all these names before, but cars such as the WRX STI, the EVO, the Supra, the RX7, the 300ZX. They all follow Japan’s style of use the traditional simplicity to the concept of the car, then add some impressive technical advancements to shock the market.

I’ll end this ramble soon, I just want to talk about one more thing on this topic, being modifying your car. This can be a touchy subject, since some are very for it and some are very against. So, either a car should be left stock, as the manufacture designed and intended it to be or that a car should be personal to yourself and the modifications can reflect yourself. I agree with both sides, but for a lot of Japanese cars, I would go with the latter. Modifying cars was and still is very big in Japan, and it shows in the cars. These cars have components that are often intended to be improved upon, if that’s what you desire, with the 2JZ-GTE for example. I highly modifiable powertrain, like a lot of other Japanese cars too. And the idea of fitting a loud (but functional) exhaust, lowering springs and some new alloys to a nice lil’ Mitsubishi is something I would cherish as my final thought.

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  • I adore the 300ZX, I think it’s such a cool car! I’m also a big fan of the 3000GT, it would look so cool in red with red trimming on the inside 😍

      1 year ago