It’s no secret that the 90’s were a great decade. Many enthusiasts now were born back in those glorious days that saw the rise of Pokemon, POG’s, and Bop-It. (dear god I love Bop-It).
While a nostalgic era for millennials indeed, it is not always that you get a flare of memory from back in the days where you were innocent to the problems of the world, so long as you were able to take your Rocket Pop down the Slip’N’Slide with you. So today, we’re going to tap into that nostalgia and bring you 5 cars from the 1990’s that are wildly popular today.
Number 5: Honda/Acura NSX
Starting us off in our flashback is the Honda NSX (Acura NSX in the US), a wonderful idea imagined up by Honda that paid off during the car’s initial 15-year run. The NSX was originally conceived to target the performance audience of the new Ferrari 328/348, boasting a 3.0L V6 that pushed out 270 horsepower and 210nm of torque to the rear-wheels.
Designed in the style of an F-16 Fighter Jet, the NSX had a large open cockpit, and a sleek design that went on to actually become the first production car to feature an all-aluminium semi-monocoque unit body which helped save a huge chunk of weight.
Nowadays the NSX’s are fewer in number, and when you see one whether it is at a show, on the street, or even in a parking lot, you can’t help but take a glance.
Number 4: BMW E36 M3
In 1995, BMW graced the USA with what has become one of the most popular if not the most popular version of BMW’s iconic tuner car. The first version of the M3 to be powered by a straight-six engine, the E36 produced 240 horsepower and 225lbft of torque, which was upgraded in 1996 featuring the same horsepower but an additional 15lbft of torque bringing the total to 240lbft.
A rear-wheel drive-train coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission (6-speed in the UK) made this car a monster on the track or a windy back road. It was also released in a convertible format for those who loved to feel the wind in their face, but some enthusiasts believe that the coupe is the only way to go. For a lot of enthusiasts, this is BMW to get your hands on that won’t break the bank and still give you that sense of luxury that BMW is known for.
Number 3: Mazda FD Rx-7
For pretty much all enthusiasts, the FD Mazda Rx-7 is the epitome of the car’s run. Released in 1993, the FD sported Mazda’s famous 13B-REW Rotary engine, powered by twin turbos, and the simple yet sleek design of the body, the FD quickly rose up to become a very popular sports car despite the rotary’s famous low MPG.
The 13B-REW was the first mass-produced sequential twin-turbo system to be exported from Japan, and was a welcome addition to the sports car lineup here in the US, featuring 252 horsepower which was revised to 276 before the car’s production end in 2002. Even rarer to see on the streets than the NSX, the FD Rx-7 makes fanboy’s and other enthusiasts alike, drool with envy.
Number 2: Toyota Supra MkIV (A80)
Released in 1993 and popularized in the hit 2001 film “The Fast and The Furious” The final version of Toyota’s Supra is probably the most iconic and recognizable 90’s sports car, regardless of your knowledge of the car scene.
Powered by the almighty 2JZ-GTE, this version of the Supra is by far the most sought after due to it’s timeless body design and crazy power output from the twin-turbos at 276 horsepower and 318lbft of torque. They also made the vehicle in a naturally aspirated version…but let’s be honest, no one buys a supra for the NA motor.
Number 1: Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R
You knew this was coming. we couldn’t leave the R34 out of this list, even though the R32 and R33 versions were also produced throughout the 1990’s, the R34 stands out and is the most beloved by all car fans. Just barely breaking into the list with a 1999 release date, the R34 was shorter than its predecessor and more angry looking.
Powered by Nissan’s RB26DETT with parallel ceramic twin-turbos, the final Godzilla of the 90’s showed off 276 horsepower and 260lbft of torque from the factory, but that’s not the good part. The engine is highly praised for its strength and power potential, making it quite the friendly platform for tuners if you can get your hands on it, making 500+hp engines quite common all the way up to 1500 to 2000 horsepower with extensive modifications.
So that’s our list. Some of the most iconic and recognized cars from the 90’s to scratch that nostalgia itch us millennials have. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to attempt to play Pokemon cards with my friend Jeff and then we’re going to trade POG’s while we eat bologna sandwiches with some of that purple and green Heinz ketchup (don’t lie to yourself, you remember it).