The JDM Unicorns
These are the rarest and most capable JDM machines, which you may never have heard of...
Believe it or not Mazda did actually make a stock turbocharged MK2 MX-5! The car was only properly publicised and sold in the North American market and struggled to have any sort of impact in Asia and Europe. It was much quicker than its naturally aspirated brothers and sister, boasting a punchy 178bhp. The car was capable of reaching 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. However, it wasn't all good news. The Mazdaspeed MX-5 red line sat at just 6,500rpm, 500rpm lower than the 1.8 naturally aspirated models. Mazda didn't just add a turbo however, the car was also fitted with Bilstein shocks, as well as uprated anti-roll and sway bars, in order to eliminate the MX-5's body roll.
Nissan R33 400R
This special edition R33 was released in 1997. The "R" standing for racing. The car was developed by Nissan's Nismo department, however the bored and stroked RB26DETT was a creation from the boffins at REINIK. The engine was inundated with upgrades, such as; forged piston, upgraded rods, polished ports, high lift camshafts and most importantly, higher output turbos. The car could also breathe better than the standard R33 GTR, as it had an upgraded exhaust system from Nismo and intercooler system, along with a twin plate clutch for good measure. The aero on the car was also addressed and the 400R featured an all new body kit with large air intakes and carbon fiber spoiler. The car also had a new set of wheels, which were taken directly of the R33 LM race car! The car developed 400bhp and 347 ft lb of torque, which allowed a top speed of over 186mph, and enabled it to reach 0 - 60mph in 4.0 seconds. However 500bhp is easily achieved with a higher boost setting. NISMO had originally planned to produce 100 units of the 400R, however in the end only 44 units were made before production of the R33 ended in 1998
Mazda Rx-7 Spirit R
In 2002 Mazda gave the RX-7 a last hoorah, by squeezing every last drop of potential out of the twin turbo rotary powered icon. 1500 of these machines were made and they featured Bilstein shocks and 276bhp. This car is a raw drivers tool, and had all its electron aids, such as traction control, removed! The car was also draped in Spirit R badges and featured some rather fetching forged lightweight BBS alloys. Inside the car also boasted some red Recaro bucket seats for the ultimate race car feel.
Honda NSX R-GT
First let me get the bad news out the way. That roof snorkel isn't functional...The car was made to sell 500 units so that a race version of the car was eligible to compete in the SUPER GT race league, one of the rules being a car must sell 500 production versions of the race car in order to compete. The NSX-R GT also had a lowered suspension and widened body. More aggressive aerodynamic features such as a larger front splitter and large rear diffuser. It also is speculated that the NSX-R GT incorporates more weight savings over the NSX-R. Honda never advertised what, if any, changes were made to the 3.2L DOHC V6 for the NSX-R GT, making this machine a bit of a mystery...