Forgotten Heroes

Toyota Blade Master – A JDM Gem

The hot hatch formula is – like Beauty and the Beast – a “tale as old as time” Take a hatchback, cram a bigger/more powerful engine in it, and then add a few extra go-faster bits like better suspension or brakes … it’s a simple recipe. Just about every manufacturer under the sun that has …

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Citroen Xantia Activa: Forgotten Heroes

We probably don’t write about Citroën as often as we should on this website. One of the powerhouses of the French automotive industry, Citroën has been responsible for some of the most innovative and quirky cars ever to come out of Europe. For example, Citroën was one of the first companies to truly mass-produce front …

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Forgotten Heroes: Toyota Altezza RS200

There can be little doubt that Toyota has built some of the greatest cars in the history of Japanese motoring – and motoring in general. From the likes of the Supra MK4, to the MR2, to the more humble and ordinary (but nonetheless legendary) like the Camry and Corolla, Toyota’s “back catalog” of greatest hits …

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Toyota Levin BZ-G & BZ-R – A Type R Competitor That’s Still Affordable

When it comes to front wheel drive Japanese performance cars from the 1990s, Honda is typically seen as the champion, particularly thanks to cars like the legendary DC2 Integra Type R and EK9 Civic Type R. However, other Japanese manufacturers were building performance-oriented FWD coupes and hatchbacks, using a similar formula of powerful, high-revving NA …

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Forgotten Heroes: Mazda Sentia

If there is one category of car where the Japanese really did reign supreme during the JDM “golden era” of the 1990s and early 2000s, it had to be the luxury cruiser/VIP segment. Sure, German automakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz had big luxury land barges (and more impressive technology and performance) but Japan gave the …

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Forgotten Heroes: Honda Prelude Type S

When it comes to performance Hondas, one letter looms large above all others in the alphabet – the letter “R”. The “Type R” Honda lineup needs no introduction, particularly the legendary Honda Civic Type R – although the Integra Type R and NSX Type R are also amazing cars in their own right. For the …

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Forgotten Heroes: Subaru Impreza WRX Gravel Express

Welcome to the first instalment of our new ‘Forgotten Heroes’ series. With Forgotten Heroes, we will be featuring interesting cars (mostly modern JDM classics, as that is our focus) that many have forgotten ever existed, or may not have been aware of in the first place. Everybody remembers the “big names”, such as the Toyota …

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