Geographically, Japan is not one of the largest countries in the world, but when talking about the country’s influence on global automotive culture, their impact is larger than life. Developments in recent decades from Honda, Nissan and Mazda have continually pushed new technology to the forefront, making their products more efficient, cost effective, and importantly, more fun. Nissan’s R32 Skyline GT-R from the late 1980’s brought supercar performance down to a palatable price point, offering more than 300 horsepower from an advanced twin-turbocharged inline six paired with all-wheel drive. At the same time, Mazda was busy engineering the latest iteration of their efficient rotary engine in their RX-7, designed for smooth performance with gobs of power at the top end. For years, these sought after cars were seen as track toys or street racers, and are now drawing significant attention from enthusiasts of all ages, in all corners of the automotive world.