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    Richard advises that "The only thing gheyer than racing a Miata is racing a car called a "Starlet" . . . (it's not "Sarlet" as OP says)"

    Since the Japanse do have some very "poetic" names for their performance cars, perhaps some of our in house experts could contribute to a list of them:
    i.e.,

    1. 350 Z = Fair Lady
    2. GTR = Skyline

    and so on . . . . .

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    If I'm not mistaken the current generation GT-R isn't badged as a Skyline in Japan either, just GT-R.
    The Skyline model line is produced since WELL before the GT-R versions even existed, and while I admit the details are quite fuzzy in my memory right now I seem to remember it starting from the mid-50's (Badged as Prince, not Nissan) with the current gen being something like number 15.

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    240sx - Silvia
    RX-7 Savanna
    Fit - Jazz
    Sc - Soarer
    Q45- President
    GS - Aristo
    IS - Altezza
    ES - Windom
    Mazda 3 - Axela
    Mazda 6 - Atenza
    the list goes on and on

    Moti is right, no GT-R was just a skyline. They GT-R was a trim of the Skyline.

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    Miata = Roadster
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    Aside from their cost I never understood why people race them.
    But obviously I just dont get it. -fatbillybob

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    If I remember correctly some Skylines were nicknamed Godzilla.

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    Isn't a G35/G37 a "skyline"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emilio700 View Post
    Miata = Roadster
    Quite the anomaly, actually.
    Normally Japanese export vehicle would come up with some dumb un-inspiring alpha-numeric code for a name, like MX-5, and the cars sold it Japan would have an actual name... which at times would sound like a bit of a joke but sometimes would have a cool ring to it.
    The Miata went backwards, giving an original name with a nice ring to it to the US market while calling it MX-5 in other export markets and Roadster in Japan.
    Which is a bit like calling a van, well, Van.

    Rob, yes and even the small Infinity SUV (EX?) is sold in Japan as "Skyline crossover".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    The Miata went backwards, giving an original name with a nice ring to it to the US market while calling it MX-5 in other export markets and Roadster in Japan.
    Which is a bit like calling a van, well, Van.
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    I like to think of it as "Game over, we made the best roadster of all time. Don't even try to compete with it."

    I recently bought a pair of miatas, one for parts, one for street use. Drove the street one to watch racing at the local oval track in the hills. It doesn't make any sense, but that miata is plenty powerful and just stupid fast on a mountain road.
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    ^^ Most people don't race Miatas, but the good news is they don't have to race them to enjoy them.

    My sister-in-law bought a cream-puff used 2010 MX-5, and while I was visiting family in Florida, she let me take it for a spin. None of the essence of the NA was lost in the NC, even though her car is an automatic. I kept thinking to myself, "If you were in the market for a two-seater sports car and you drove this, how could you not want one?" It's just a ball to drive.

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    Dc5 Acura RSX = Honda Integra in japan

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    AE86 = Levin !

    (well, the AE86 without popup headlights, if I understand correctly).

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    Quote Originally Posted by crzywhiteman01 View Post
    Dc5 Acura RSX = Honda Integra in japan
    Exactly what I'm saying, how much cooler does "Integra" sound over the meaningless "RSX"?

    Moti

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    Tacoma - Hilux @ least I think that's the JDM name

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    Exactly what I'm saying, how much cooler does "Integra" sound over the meaningless "RSX"?

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    But then again. The Altama was badged as a 510 in Japan.

    Your right about the Skyline model going all the way back to Prince (before it was changed to Datsun), There is even a long story of how The name Datsun evolved.

    As for the Maita being the untimate roadster. Didn't Mazda just copy the Elain but made it slower?
    That's not a Typo, I just can't spell no so well.

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    The RSX was sold as the Honda Integra in Europe as well, since Acura isn't sold there.

    The TSX is the Euro Accord as well (maybe ROW? I think maybe the USDM Accord is a US car only?)

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    Yes. Europe's Accord is what we know as the "TSX".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Force McCocken View Post
    Yes. Europe's Accord is what we know as the "TSX".
    Damn, Force, I thought you fell of the Earth or something . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    Quite the anomaly, actually.
    Normally Japanese export vehicle would come up with some dumb un-inspiring alpha-numeric code for a name, like MX-5, and the cars sold it Japan would have an actual name... which at times would sound like a bit of a joke but sometimes would have a cool ring to it.
    The Miata went backwards, giving an original name with a nice ring to it to the US market while calling it MX-5 in other export markets and Roadster in Japan.
    Which is a bit like calling a van, well, Van.

    Rob, yes and even the small Infinity SUV (EX?) is sold in Japan as "Skyline crossover".

    Moti
    Yes and no. The Miata was the MX-5 under the Mazda brand. However Mazda also had the Eunos name, and for Eunos the car was named the Eunos Roadster in Japan.

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    In other words it had two boring names in the Japanese market and a good one in the US?
    That's amounts to an anomaly and a half than...

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