This car is all but forgotten among the masses. Amongst the car-loving community though, it sits upon a pedestal of respect, as a tiny, lightweight sedan that could kick some serious butt on a racetrack. Nissan knows that this is a car that needs to come back — it even teased a concept car that was a very clear homage. Hopefully the car gods will answer the prayers here.
Mitsubishi 3000GT/Dodge Stealth
The Mitsubishi GTO, aka the 3000GT and Dodge Stealth stateside, is in many respects the epitome of the 1990s Japanese high-performance scene. Ask yourself this, though: if a brand-new car debuts tomorrow with styling that’s eminently sleek, all-wheel drive, plenty of tech, and more horsepower than a Mustang or Camaro, would you want it? Thought so.
You have to wonder why Toyota never made a successor to the 2000GT. In many respects, it’s the patriarch of Japanese sports cars, born from an interest in Formula 1. Aside from being a Bond car in its own right, it went toe-to-toe with the Jaguar XKEs and Porsche 911s of its day. Is there room for Toyota to bring this kind of sexy back? Hell yes.