Every Japanese Roadster that are loved by enthusiasts left a historical mark in the era. Roadsters are two-seater sports cars that come with a retractable roof for an open-air driving experience. Driving enthusiasts prefer roadsters over typical family car to enjoy the bond between man, machine, and the environment.
8. Honda S2000
The Honda S2000 easily competes with what it offered back in 1999-2009 the today’s modern light sports car offers. It had lightweight chassis, mated with a six-speed manual transmission, and the high-revving 2.0L inline-four VTEC engine makes the driver smile every time the throttle engages.
7. Mazda MX-5
Being in production for over 30 years, the MX-5 remains true to its roots. This perfectly balanced lightweight roadster which performs well when driven hard. Equipped with a 2.0 L Skyactiv-G coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission, the MX-5 hits 0-60 Mph in 5.7 seconds.
6. Suzuki Cappuccino
The cute kei car from Suzuki shows how creative Japanese Engineers were with these quirky toys. Despite having a 657cc turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 63 hp, and low curb weight the Cappuccino has all of an enjoyable roadster.
5. Toyota MR2 Spyder
The third-generation MR2 Spyder had a 1.8 L engine which boasts 140 hp with its rear-wheel-drive drivetrain, which was less powerful than the SW20. The MR2 Spyder was made to handle better than it’s predecessors in controllability.
4. Nissan 370Z Roadster
The 370Z Roadster is surely an Japanese Muscle car with its roof off. Equipped with a naturally aspirated V6 engine which was obviously smooth, but soon it is going to be replaced by the new twin-turbo in the upcoming Nissan Z. With the hoarse exhaust note, this car was simple in the world full of turbocharged sports cars.
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3. Lexus SC430
The Jeremy Clarkson of Lexus because it was “the worst car in the history of the world“. But after 20 years of its release, this car has been treated as a luxury drop-top grand tourer. For the power, the 3UZ-FE V8 engine has plenty even compared to today’s standards for doing great maneuvers. Even the suspension is soft enough to make the car float all towards to your destination.
2. Daihatsu Copen GR Sport
Daihatsu a sub-brand of Toyota since 2016, has made a pretty aggressive roadster in the form of Copen GR Sport. As Toyota loves to put the Gazoo Racing badge in their cars, this car has received that Gazoo Racing treatment with a set of BBS wheels. Along with that, a Momo branded steering wheel, bucket seats from Recaro and special tuned suspension for sporty handling. But sadly, the Copen GR Sport was a Japan-only model.
1. Honda S800
Here comes the forefather of S2000, and its true without the S800 there would be no S2000. And with this car, Honda showed their expertise in making small exciting cars with high-revving powerplants. Launched in 1965 Tokyo Motor Show, the S800 competed with the likes of MG Midgets, the Triumph Spitfires and the Fiat 850 Spiders. Powered by a 800cc four-cylinder, it could easily hit over 100 Mph.
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