In the middle of a successful car chase is a parade of amazing cars… but wait, they’re not just cars–they’re JDM cars! As most car enthusiasts already know, JDM cars are often featured in international movies. From the timeless Gone in 60 Seconds to the heart-pumping the Fast and the Furious sequels, JDM cars are definitely stars in their own right.
Ever wondered which cars were used in popular movies? Enjoy our car feast below!
Toyota Land Cruiser
Also known as “Katie” in “Gone in 60 Seconds,” the Toyota Land Cruiser is included in the top 50 cars in Randall Raines’ “to-steal” list. A 4-wheel drive first manufactured in the year 1951, the Toyota Land Cruiser is available in hardtop, convertible, cab chassis and station wagon versions. Because of its tough exteriors and unparalleled reliability, it has gained massive success not only in Japan, but in Australia and other parts of the world as well.
Toyota Supra Turbo
An elegant frame, a superb engine and a luxurious interior–what else can you ask for in a sports car? With all these features combined, there is no need to wonder why the 1998 Toyota Supra Turbo was a part of Gone in 60 Seconds. Manufactured from the year 1978 until 2002, this sophisticated grand tourer also appeared in famous movies and video games such as Gran Turismo, Need for Speed and the Fast and the Furious.
Assembled and manufactured by Mazda from the year 1978 to 2002, the Mazda RX-7 is one of the most legendary JDM cars to date. Featuring a rear-wheel drive layout and a rotary engine, the RX-7 was shown in famous movies and video games such as Gran Turismo, Initial D, Space Sheriff Shaider, the Fast and the Furious, Choudenshi Bioman and Wangan Midnight. Although it is originally a 2-seat coupe, JDM also offers models with rear seat options for car enthusiasts in the United States and other countries.
Nissan Skyline GT-R
Joining BBC Top Gear’s supercars, the Nissan Skyline GT-R is one of the most exceptional and most recognized JDM cars. With its amazing road presence and sophisticated engine, there is no need to wonder why the model has rapidly become a legend not only in local, but in the international scene as well. Nicknamed the “Godzilla” of Japanese cars, the Nissan Skyline GT-R has been featured in Initial D, Shakotan Boogie, Gran Turismo, the Fast and the Furious, Driving Emotion Type-S and other popular movies and video games.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse can effortlessly make jaws drop because of its exterior layout and high-tech engine. Featured in the Fast and the Furious series, this compact sports car was manufactured between the year 1989 and 2011. It was named after an unbeatable English racehorse in the earlier days, which explains why it is a tough car to beat. So if you are looking for a JDM car, this model should definitely be on your list.
Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-R
If you’re a fan of the Fast and the Furious, you’d surely recognize the Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-R as it appeared twice in the series–once in the Tokyo Drift and another in Furious 7. A sports coupe based from the Nissan S platform, the Nissan Silvia is distinct for its remarkable exteriors and sophisticated chassis layout. As one of the oldest lines of Nissan sports coupes, the Nissan Silvia boasts exemplary features that other models can only dream about.
Honda Civic EG
Manufactured in the year 1991, the Honda Civic EG was named as the Car of the Year Japan because of its aerodynamic body and fuel efficiency. Appeared as Hector’s car in the Fast and the Furious, the Honda Civic EG Hatchback looks like the king of the road. While the hatchback has gained international recognition, the Honda Civic Eg is also available in coupe and sedan versions.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
Another JDM car showcased in the Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is the iconic Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX–a sports sedan that performs even better than how it looks like. Designed with a 4-cylinder engine and an all-wheel drive configuration, the Mitsubishi Evo is what a racer’s dream car is made of.
If there’s one thing we can learn from JDM cars, it’s that iconic cars are made up of more than glitz and glam as they also epitomize everything a racing car should embody. From speed to unparalleled reliability, these cars are made for the kill.