My Top 5 Most Affordable Japanese Sports Cars
August 7, 2017 1:29 PM  |  Posted By: Cmann
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Thinking of buying a Japanese car? Whether buying import or from the UK, they can be a more affordable option than you think. Here are my top 5 most affordable Japanese sports cars:

Mazda MX5

For people who want a reliable, sporty roadster, the MX-5 is the perfect Japanese classic. Whilst it’s by no means the most powerful, the nippy, responsive MX-5 is a firm favourite for Japanese car fans across the globe. With early 2000 models starting at around £1500 to £4000 they’re extremely cheap to buy and popular to modify.

Mitsubishi Evo VI

Designed originally for the World Rally Championship, the Lancer Evo is a legend that has gone through 10 popular evolutions. However, whilst we may be at the Evo X today, the VI is considered to be where the Evo truly peaked. With its aggressive, edgy aesthetic and a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds, it’s super fast and affordable to buy from around £9000 upwards.

Subaru Impreza WRX STi Bug Eye

Whilst the bug eyed Impreza faced criticism for its shocked, bulgy eyed demeanour, its performance certainly made up for it. Today, the 2000-2005 WRX STI model is priced at a steal of around £1500 - £3000. With a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds and exceptional handling, it simply had to make our list.

Honda S2000

The Honda S2000 is another affordable and iconic Japanese car to make our list. Available used at around £3000 to £4000 it has a nippy 0-60 time of 6 seconds and a top speed of 150mph – no turbos necessary. Its main selling point is its naturally aspirated VTEC engine, producing 237bhp. Close in on the red line at 9000rpm and you’ll be engulfed in an almighty revving roar.

Nissan 350z

The Nissan 350Z’s 2.5l V6 packs a good amount of power with impressive mid-range acceleration. Its 0-60 time is a swift 5.6 seconds, and if you buy the GT model, the horses increase from 300 to 313. If good acoustics are what you’re after, the Nissan 350Z produces a deep, intimidating growl when encouraged. Used, prices start at around £6000 upwards.

Keeping It Affordable

Aside from the purchasing costs, in order to keep your Japanese car affordable to run, it’s vital to keep on top of proactive maintenance. Not only will this save you from unwanted surprise repairs, it’ll retain more of its value in the long run.

It’s also worth remembering insurance premiums tend to be much higher for Japanese imports, even more so if they’re modified. Therefore, it’s important to talk to a specialist Japanese Import Insurance provider who has a good knowledge of the market. 

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