Take a casual look down your high street and the majority of Japanese manufactured cars on our roads seem to be of the sensible and practical variety, it is almost as if the task of providing adrenalin-pumping performance cars has been left to the Germans and Americans.

And then you hear the whoosh of a wastegate or catch the manic scream of a small-capacity naturally aspirated engine in the air and remember that while the roads are littered with Honda CR-Vs and Toyota Priuses, there are a still whole host of exciting Japanese performance machines out there too. You just have to look that little bit harder to find them.

So we decided to do just that and found some of the very best Japanese cars out there, from some desirable older classics to the latest tech-laden sports cars. We found that there is a wealth of historically significant cars out there so lets get started.