The Acura (or Honda for those outside of North America) NSX sat a rung above the other vehicles on this list in terms of its price, but the coupe brought cutting edge technology to the table that made the extra money worthwhile.
Honda created a bespoke 3.0-liter V6 for the car. The mill produced 270 hp (202 kW) at launch for the 1991 model year, and it hooked up to a slick-shifting six-speed manual, although a four-speed automatic was also available.
Honda mounted the powerplant behind the driver and clothed the entire car in edgy bodywork. The exterior panels were aluminum to shed pounds. The automaker even used a Cray supercomputer to figure the exact right amount of material necessary to create parts with the right mix of stiffness and strength for their weight.
When it came time to tune everything, Ayrton Senna offered a helping hand. The result was a supercar that was every bit as good as anything Europe could come up with at the time.
The Mazda RX-7 received its third (and likely last) generation for the 1993 model year, but it went out with a bang. Like the 300ZX, Mazda ditched the previous gen's wedge-shaped look for a more organic, undulating appearance.
Available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic, all variants used the latest version of Mazda's 13B 1.3-liter rotary engine. It now packed a set of sequential turbos to make the most out of the Wankel, and the mill carried a 255-hp (190 kW) rating.
While not as powerful as the others, the RX-7 was capable of sublime handling, and Mazda offered optional suspension packages with even more aggressive layouts for folks who didn't mind dealing with a harsh ride to make the coupe turn even more sharply.
In Japan, the 3000GT carries the GTO moniker. While this is a somewhat generic term for a homologated race car (which the 3000GT wasn't), famous models like the 250 GTO and 288 GTO give the moniker a very close connection to Ferrari. The marketing team at Mitsubishi must have known this when picking the name.
While base models had a naturally aspirated V6 turning the front wheels, the range-topping VR4 packed a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 making 300 horsepower (224 kilowatts) at launch in 1992 and 320 hp (239 kW) from 1994 to the end of production in 1999.
The 3000GT VR4 was about more than power, though. It featured all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, and multi-mode dampers for better handling. Plus, there were active aerodynamic elements that adjusted the front splitter and rear spoiler at high speeds.
Nissan had already been building the Z car for decades when a new generation 300ZX arrived for the 1990 model year, but the latest model was a showstopper by eschewing the previous angular look for a much smoother appearance.
Base models had a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter V6 with 222 hp (166 kW), but the twin-turbo model was the real star with 300 hp (224 kW) on examples with the five-speed manual. Four-speed automatic buyers only got 280 hp (209 kW).
For sharper handling, Nissan offered its Super HICAS rear-wheel steering system.
If the Nissan GT-R didn't already take the nickname Godzilla, then the fourth-gen Toyota Supra is the next Japanese car that most deserves the monstrous moniker. By modern standards, 320 horsepower (239 kW) from a 3.0-liter twin-turbo doesn't sound like much, but keep in mind early examples of the Ferrari 348 had 300 hp (224 kW) and later updated pushed American examples to 312 hp.
Twin-turbo models were available with a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic.
The base fourth-gen Supra had a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter inline six that made 220 hp (164 kW). Buyers could get it with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.