In recent years, we've seen the revival of some truly amazing American performance cars, including the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, and Chevrolet Camaro.
But while American muscle is alive and well, there's been a serious lack of compelling Japanese sports cars for sale.
With the industry now on the up and up, however, that's sure to change. And it will hopefully start with these models.
Mazda CEO recently stated that there's no plan to bring back the RX series. Mazda is a relatively small car company, and has been improving its line-up to better position itself in key markets like growing crossover SUV market.
But times always change and Mazda will likely want a sports car in its line-up within the next five years. With recognition and a cult following, the RX series will start right where it left off in 2011, as one of the best looking, most unique sports cars on the market.
It would be great if the company brought both the RX-7 and RX-8 to market at the same time, sold as a low-end and high-end pair, but we can't ask for too much just yet!
Much like the RX series, the Supra has a serious cult following from car enthusiasts. When unlocked, its engine offers an incredible amount of power for performance modifiers to create upwards of 1200 hp.
Recently, Toyota has unveiled two Supra-esque concept cars, the 2007 FT-HS and the 2014 FT-1. The FT-1 was met with a lot of attention after its debut at the North American International Auto Show, as many believed it to be a look at the new Supra or its successor.
While speculation is just that, Toyota has said that, if put into production, the FT-1 would be priced at around $60,000. Adjusted for inflation, that's close to the 1998 Supra Turbo's MSRP.
Released under the Datsun brand here in the U.S., the 240Z was a classic 1970s coupe that still commands presence on the road today.
Later succeeded by the 300Z series, which is currently represented by the Nissan 370Z, the time is right for Nissan to bring another sports car into its line-up.
That might sound like a silly idea considering the 370Z is a niche sports car, but there is a market for it. If Nissan can offer the 240Z with turbo four-cylinder or a lower-end V6 and keep it priced around $24,000, they could easily take sales away from the Camaro, 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, Challenger, FR-S/BRZ, Subaru, and Honda.
This would also allow Nissan to introduce new buyers to the 370Z, which would have even more appeal as a higher-end sports car.