The age-old question of which is better, American Muscle or JDM (Japanese cars), superchargers or turbochargers, power or handling. It seems like the debate has been going on for centuries upon centuries. When will we find an answer? Well actually, in my opinion, there is no answer. Here’s why…
To explain to you why exactly I think there is no better type of car, let’s take a trip back to the origins of the two rivals. Muscle cars originated in America and I would argue the golden era of the muscle car was in the 1960s and 70s. We saw cars like the Shelby Mustang, Dodge Charger, and Plymouth Barracuda come out of that era and have remained iconic ever since. These were all cars that focused on straight line speed and horsepower. With a big V8 and maybe a supercharger, when you put your foot down, you went as fast as a supercar for not necessarily the price of a supercar. Since then, muscle cars have been the heroes of films such as Transformers (Bumblebee), Bullitt, and Smokey And The Bandit.
JDM originated in Japan and people will most likely have heard of the JDM cars of the 1980s and 90s. These include the Nissan Skyline GT-R, Mazda RX7, and the Toyota Supra. JDM cars usually have a turbocharger and a smaller engine than a muscle car. However, unlike the speed hungry Americans, the Japanese made their cars fast while taking corners with ease (sometimes sideways as well). JDM cars are highly sought after and some are becoming rare and expensive nowadays.
Technically a JDM car like a GTR would thrash any muscle car on a circuit, but that doesn’t really decide which is the better overall car. From what I’ve said about the two types of car, you can see they represent different ideologies. Ones all about speed and horsepower, the other balance and handling. Really it’s whatever you prefer. There is no better type of car. I’ll always be American Muscle at heart, most of the movies I grew up watching featured them. On the other hand, I love GTRs so I’m not completely one-sided. It’s all opinion based, and whether you like American Muscle or JDM or both, keep that in mind. The two are like Dom and Brian in the Fast & the Furious, they can get along.