Lovers of JDM vehicles should be all over this new car pack

There once was a time when Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) cars were deemed as forbidden fruits for a lot of American buyers. We can blame the Imported Motor Vehicle Safety Compliance Act of 1988 for that, but, in a roundabout way, we can also thank the same law, or at least a small concession within the law that indicated that any car can enter the U.S., fully exempt from federal safety and emissions standards, provided that said car is 25 years old according to the date of manufacture. This concession is important because a lot of the sought-after JDM cars from the ’80s and ‘90s have been finding their way into the U.S. market in recent years. Most of these cars can be bought for $10,000 to $25,000 depending on the model, but for those without that kind of scratch, Gran Turismo Sport is offering a cheaper alternative in the form of a new downloadable car pack made up exclusively of some of our favorite JDM cars. The new pack is a JDM fanatic’s dream come to (virtual) life, and you better believe that I’m one of those people.

Polyphony Digital outdid itself this time. Of all the car packs that it has developed for Gran Turismo Sport, this one ranks right up there as one of the best ones. As someone who grew up in the golden age of JDM cars, I have a lot of love and admiration for all those vehicles. They were quirky and absurd, all rolled into various awesome packages. The Toyota Sera, Suzuki Cappuccino, and Autozam AZ-1 are among my favorites, and while none of them are included in this car pack, they’ll always have their place in my heart.

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Now, let’s get to the JDM cars that are headed to Gran Turismo Sport. First up is the Honda S2000, which is arguably one of the most famous JDM cars in existence. Known for its high-revving 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine and its fabric rooftop, the S2000 was supposed to be Honda’s answer to Mazda’s MX-5 Miata. It didn’t get the same traction and recognition as the MX-5, but it has, in its own way, developed a legion of followers as one of the best examples of a JDM sports car that has achieved cult status among its legion of fans. You better believe that I’m going to use the S2000 in Gran Turismo Sport until its wheels fall off. Here’s to hoping we get the JDM F20C S2000, the same one that’s powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine that produces 237 horsepower and 153 pound-feet of torque.

Honda S2000 specifications
Engine: 2.0-liter, inline-four cylinder engine
Horsepower: 237 horsepower
Torque: 153 pound-feet of torque.
0 to 60 MPH: 5.9 seconds
Top Speed: 150 mph
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The second JDM car is the Mitsubishi GTO Twin Turbo, a front-engine, two-door sports coupé that was sold in the Japanese market from 1990 to 2000. It was sold in other markets as the Mitsubishi 3000GT, but the GTO Twin Turbo is the unquestioned OG of the lot. The GTO is arguably one of the sexiest JDM cars to come out in the era. The 1991MY GTO, in particular, remains a visual knockout. That’s the model that’s headed to Gran Turismo Sport. We’re getting it in all its glory, folks, right down to the pop-up headlights and the 3.0-liter V-6 engine that produced 276 horsepower and 308 pound-feet of torque in the JDM-spec version.

Mitsubishi GTO Twin Turbo specifications
Engine: 3.0-liter, V-6 engine
Horsepower: 276 horsepower
Torque: 308 pound-feet of torque
0 to 60 MPH: 5.9 seconds
Top Speed: 159 mph
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Next up is a JDM car that needs no introduction. I’ll admit that the 1983 Toyota Corolla Levin 3-Door 1600GT APEX (AE86) isn’t as sexy-looking as the Corolla SR5 (AE86) that came to the U.S., but something about the Levin’s fixed rectangular headlights and coupé-back profile evokes memories of a time when Toyota still offered a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated inline-four-cylinder engine, the same engine that Toyota used in the first-generation MR2. It’s admittedly not as powerful as the S2000 and the GTO Twin Turbo, but with a five-speed manual transmission and an engine that produced 118 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque, the Corolla Levin 1600GT APEX sure looked like the car you wanted to drive when you wanted to have fun on the road.

Toyota Corolla Levin 3-Door 1600GT APEX (AE86) specifications
Engine: 1.6-liter naturally aspirated, inline-four-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 118 horsepower
Torque: 105 pound-feet of torque
0 to 60 MPH: 8.7 seconds
Top Speed: 117 mph
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Then there’s the Nissan Silvia S13. We actually saw this model in Gran Turismo 5 and Gran Turismo 6, but I don’t care. I want it back in my Gran Turismo Sport game binging and I’m glad that it’s making its long-awaited return to the digital world. The Silvia S13’s run lasted from 1989 to 1994, but even if it didn’t last as long as other JDM cars, the Silvia S13 made a lasting impact in a lot of people, enough, at least, to win Car of the Year Japan in 1989. We know the Silvia S13 as the 240SX here in the U.S. market, but like the Mitsubishi GTO, the OG Silvia S13 remains the most sought-after version of this nameplate. The Silvia S13 used a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produced 169 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to go crazy with in the world of Gran Turismo Sport.

Nissan Silvia S13 specifications
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 169 horsepower
Torque: 132 pound-feet of torque
0 to 60 MPH: 6.7 seconds
Top Speed: 146 mph
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The final car in this JDM pack is its crown jewel, and for good reason. Only 1,000 units of the Subaru Impreza Coupe WRX Type R STi Version VI were ever built, making it one of the rarest and most difficult-to-find JDM cars in the world. It has also become a go-to car in the world of Gran Turismo, having appeared in six titles of the video game franchise, including Gran Turismo 2, Gran Turismo PSP, and Gran Turismo 6. Real-world exclusivity aside, the Impreza Coupe WRX Type R STi Version VI actually traces its roots from the Version 22B-STI that Subaru released in 1998. Consider the Version VI as an evolved iteration of the model, with new-for-its-make aerodynamic bits and a new sport ABS getting added to a car that also featured a 2.2-liter flat-four engine that produced 276 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. There’s a good reason why the Subaru Impreza Coupe WRX Type R STi Version is a frequent ride-of-choice in the Gran Turismo franchise. It’s absolutely ageless.

Subaru Impreza Coupe WRX Type R STi Version VI specifications
Engine: 2.2-liter, flat-four engine
Horsepower: 276 horsepower
Torque: 267 pound-feet of torque
0 to 60 MPH: 4.6 seconds
Top Speed: 157 mph

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