Can You Name All Of These Japanese Performance Cars From An Image?

By: Bambi Turner
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Can you tell an '85 Celica from a Corolla made that same year? Think you can distinguish a 1995 Eclipse from a 1998 Supra, or tell the difference between the great Japanese racing cars of the '60s? If so, buckle up -- and see if you have what it takes to ace this quiz on the greatest Japanese performance vehicles ever made!

Toyota; Honda; Nissan; Mitsubishi; Isuzu; There's no shortage of iconic Japanese car manufacturers pumping out vehicles for racing, luxury drivers and everyday use. While each of these brands offers its own unique models, designs and features, there's one thing that Japanese car makers have always had in common -- a reputation for producing long-lasting, dependable cars that keep on driving well over 100,000 miles. 

Yet with the introduction of the Toyota 2000GT and some early Datsun models in the '60s, the Japanese car industry found itself increasingly being recognized for performance, style and speed. In fact, companies like Nissan and Toyota took on many of the greatest European car designers over the years, offering vehicles capable of performing at the highest levels -- and often at a lower price point than many of their competitors. 

Think you can tell one of these great performance cars from another? Take our quiz to prove your Japanese car IQ!

The 1970 Datsun 240Z was known as the Nissan Fairlady Z in Japan. The two-seat coupe came with a 2.4 liter engine, and was immensely popular on the racing scene.

Many car review magazines and websites called the 2018 Nissan GT-R a bargain thanks to its sub-$100,000 price tag. Of course, if you wanted the premium version of this sports car -- with a shopping 11 speakers and a titanium exhaust -- you'd be looking at a price tag greater than six figures.

The 1991 Mazda RX7 came in both two-door hatch and two-door convertible models. Part of the RX7's second generation, it was styled after the Porsche 924. The car's lightweight engine was designed to beat Japanese road taxes, while still offering the power that buyers expect from performance vehicles.

The Subaru Impreza is known as a standard compact family car, but the 2000 WRX takes the Impreza to a new level thanks to a pair of souped-up turbochargers. The Sti models feature a wider body than the original, with distinctive flared wheel arches that make this sports car easy to spot.

The Honda Civic is revered for its long-lasting reliability, but don't be fooled -- it's also a powerful performance car. The 1995 Civic SiR represents the sixth generation of this model, and can equipped with an aerodynamic body, cruise control, a power moon roof and souped-up engine.

The 1969 model represented the first production run of the Nissan Skyline GT-R. Popular on Japanese racetracks, this four-door sedan came with a 2.0 liter engine. Only around 2,000 were produced between '69 and '72.

The 1967 Toyota 2000GT was one of the first true Japanese performance cars. This two-seat hardtop coupe was largely designed by Yahama, and featured Gran Turismo styling reminiscent of the great European sports cars of the '60s.

The 2005 Acura NSX -- which stood for New Sportscar Experimental -- was the last in the NSX line before it was discontinued. The car sold as as Honda NSX in Japan, and under the Acura name in the U.S., with few changes over its 15-year production run.

Acura re-introduced its NXS in 2016 after discontinuing the model in 2005. The revamped ride came with a 3.5 L twin-turbo V6 and three electric motors -- plus an interior styled after the F-16 cockpit.

The 1990 Mazda Miata is a two-seat roadster inspired by classic British sports cars of the '60s, such as the Austin-Healey 100. The 1990 model was the first for the lightweight, sporty Miata.

Toyota produced the Supra from 1978 to 2002. The car was similar to the Celica, but was both longer and wider. The 1998 offered manual transmission as an option, and came with a three-spoke steering wheel.

Honda souped up the Civic Type-R with both sportier trim and advanced performance compared to the standard Civic compact. The 2018 Type-R offers a lightweight yet surprisingly stiff body, plus a high-performance engine and sleek, sporty styling that made it a hit with racing fans.

The 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is part of the 10th generation of the Lancer line. With a lightweight all-aluminum body, it can go from 0 to 100 in just 12.5 seconds, and has a top speed of 160 mph.

Lexus produced only 500 units of its iconic LFA model. The limited-edition two-door coupe came with a V10 engine, and was built using a proprietary carbon fiber-reinforced polymer body to craft its sleek lines.

The 2001 model was the final year of production for the Acura Integra Type-R, which was first released in 1995. The car was a hit in the racing world, but every unit was sold at a loss to the company thanks to the hand tooling and detail work required to produce the car.

The 2012 Toyota GT86 was a two-door fastback coupe with a boxer-style engine. It had a low center of gravity and long, sleek hood. Top Gear picked the GT86 as its Car of the Year for 2012.

A part of Nissan's iconic Fairlady Z line, the 2002 350Z came with a front-engine and rear-wheel drive. the two-door, two-seat performance car features a short deck with a long hood and a stylish arched roof line.

The 1985 Toyota Corolla GTS is a legend in the car world for its use in drifting videos -- and an appearance in a comic book series. The three-door hatchback has a 1.6 liter engine capable of an impressive 112 horses.

Nissan introduced the 240 SX in 1998 to replace its 200SX model. The two-door coupe featured a 2.4-liter engine, new projection headlights, a revised center panel and modified bumpers.

Toyota produced two very different Celica GT-Four designs in 1989. The earlier versions were designed after the G4 Celica, while later ones had a Super Round profile. This car is easy to spot because of its iconic pop-up headlights.

The 1993 Toyota MR2 Turbo was part of the second-generation MR2 design. The two-seat sports car featured a T-bar roof, turbocharged 2-liter engine and a five-speed manual transmission.

The Isuzu Impulse Turbo was a the result of a collaboration between Lotus and Isuzu. The three-door liftback coupe comes with a 1.6-L supercharged engine capable of going from 0 to 60 in seven seconds -- plus advanced handling by Lotus that makes the 1988 a favorite among car fans.

The 1989 Mitsubishi Starion ESI-R is a two-door turbocharged four-cylinder available with either manual or automatic transmission. This car is known as a legend in endurance racing, and dominated endurance events in the early '90s.

The Toyota Celica has always been known for its sportiness and performance, but the GT-S took things to the next level. The 1985 GT-S offered larger wheels, fender flares and a sport interior to appeal to race fans.

Produced from 1983 to 2001, the Nissan 300ZX was a three-door coupe with a twin turbo. Available in the U.S. as the 240Z, it's remarkable for offering five different engine options to buyers.

Nissan only made around 1,000 units of its 1988 300ZX Shiro for the U.S. market. The special edition Shiro came with pearl white paint, anti-sway bars, and high-performance springs and shocks.

Mitsubishi gave the Eclipse a total redesign for the second generation release in 1995, including rounded styling and a larger interior. GSX models came equipped with all-wheel drive and a turbocharged engine for extra power.

Mitsubishi introduced the 3000GT in 1990, and also sold the vehicle under the name Dodge Stealth in the U.S. The two-door coupe came with four-wheel drive, an electronic controlled suspension and auto-adjust front and rear spoilers.

Introduced in 2010, the Honda CR-Z is a 1.5 L engine hybrid electric. The 2016 edition got a revised interior and an exterior refresh with modified bumpers.

Suzuki has produced its popular Swift model since 1983, with the Sport version premiering in 2005. The Sport comes with an advanced engine, better stability control and superior suspension compared to the basic Swift.

The 2007 edition was the final run of the Toyota MR2 -- mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-seater -- sports car. The third generation took on the Spyder moniker starting in 1999 and notably came with the option of a convertible top.

Mazda introduced its sporty Mazdaspeed3 in 2007. The five-speed hatchback came with a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline engine, and offered both Sport and Grand Touring trim packages.

The Mada RX-8 came out in 2002 to replace the RX-7. The car got a 2008 mid-cycle refresh, which included structural reinforcements and improvements to the shocks and suspension system.

Honda introduced the S600 in 1964. This two-door coupe came with a four-speed manual transmission, four-cylinder inline engine and a top speed of 90 miles per hour.

Honda produced the CRX front-wheel drive, three-door hatchback from 1983 to 1991. The Si packaged came with a sliding power sunroof and 14-inch alloy wheels, among other performance features.

Sold as the Savanna in Japan, the Mazda RX-3 was a small and sporty two-door coupe. Like many Japanese performance vehicles of the the period, the '76 was a hit on the racetrack.

The 2008 Honda S2000 Club Racer is a two-door roadster with an advanced exhaust system, dark wheels and black lugs for added style. The Club Racer had an iconic yellow and black interior, plus a stiff suspension for advanced handling.

Introduced in 2009, the Nissan 370Z promises to accelerate from 0 to 60 in 4.9 seconds. Available in both two-door roadster and three-door coupe models, Japanese buyers can also choose a 40th anniversary Fairlady Z that pays homage to Nissan's history of success with its Z line.

The 1967 Datsun 2000 was a classic '60s roadster designed to compete with more expensive European performance cars. The company produced this car with its 2-liter engine and five-speed transmission from 1967 to 1970, with only around 1,000 units made in total.

The 1973 Datsun 510 was part of Nissan's Bluebird line of vehicles. Styled after European sports cars -- particularly the BMW's of the period -- the car was hugely successful at racetracks around the world, helping to establish the Nissan brand with buyers.

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