Most Iconic Japanese Cars from the Dawn of the Millennium

Most Iconic Japanese Cars from the Dawn of the Millennium

Late 90s and Early 2000s; an era of Halo, Pokemon, Star wars, Linkin park, Schumacher and most importantly: Japanese Sports Cars! Japanese cars dominated pop culture in early 2000s thanks to 2001's Fast and Furious and 2003's Need for Speed Underground. They still remain relevant in pop culture, but their peak around 2000s has never been achieved again; but surely they will return stronger than ever if a good Need for Speed game gets released!


Ah, the 90s and early 2000s. It was a fantastic time for car enthusiasts, especially those who were into Japanese cars. Back then, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota were at the top of their game, producing some of the most iconic and memorable cars of all time. In this blog post, we're going to take a trip down memory lane and explore the most iconic Japanese cars from the dawn of the millennium. So buckle up, gearheads, and get ready for a ride through nostalgia.

Honda S2000

S2000 might look cute, but this rather small car packs quite the punch inside of it! It's appearance in Fast and Furious and Need for Speed Underground helped this car stamp itself to the hall of fame of iconic cars!

The Honda S2000 is a roadster that was produced from 1999 to 2009. It quickly became a cult classic and a favorite amongst car enthusiasts for its high-revving VTEC engine, balanced handling, and overall driving experience. The S2000 has become a modern classic and is still sought after by car collectors and enthusiasts today.

Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34)

Another classic of Fast and Furious and Need for Speed, Skyline was reminisenct of American muscle cars while having its own unique feel

The R34 Skyline GT-R is considered by many to be the ultimate Japanese sports car. It was produced from 1999 to 2002 and was the last model of the legendary Skyline GT-R. The R34 has become an icon in the car community and has been featured in numerous video games and movies. It was also the car driven by the protagonist in the Fast and Furious franchise.

Mazda RX-7 (FD)

''Rotating'' icon of late 90s, RX-7 became extremely popular thanks to its unique Wankel engine. This unique vehicle also appeared in many videogames, and became a pop-culture icon!

The Mazda RX-7 is a sports car that was produced from 1992 to 2002. It gained a cult following for its unique rotary engine and balanced handling. The RX-7 is also known for its timeless design and has become a modern classic. Enthusiasts love the RX-7 for its modability and high-performance potential.

Toyota Supra (A80)

Is that a SUPRA?!! Toyota's legendary sports car has a cult following rather than a fanbase. This icon of Japanese automobiles appeared in many pop-culture media and still to this day, is the most highly regarded Japanese car.

The A80 Supra is one of the most iconic Japanese sports cars of all time. It was produced from 1993 to 2002 and gained notoriety for its 2JZ-GTE engine, which produced over 300 horsepower in stock form. The Supra has become a staple in the car community and has been featured in countless movies and TV shows, most notably in the first Fast and Furious movie.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII

Rally legend and pop-culture icon, Lancer EVO 7 is easy to distinguish among other 4-door cars. Arguably the most iconic vehicle of Mitsubishi Motors, Evo 7's still hold onto their pop-culture popularity, truly a timeless classic!

The Lancer Evolution VII is a rally-bred sports car that was produced from 2001 to 2003. It gained popularity for its advanced all-wheel-drive system, powerful turbocharged engine, and aggressive styling. The Evolution VII was a dominant force in rally racing and has become a favorite amongst car enthusiasts.

In conclusion, while the Japanese car scene has produced numerous iconic cars throughout history, the dawn of the millennium was truly a golden era for car enthusiasts. From the high-revving Honda S2000 to the rally-bred Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII, these cars have become modern classics and continue to have a strong following amongst car enthusiasts. So, if you're lucky enough to own one of these legendary Japanese cars, cherish it, because you've got yourself a piece of automotive history.