4. Eunos Cosmo
You’ve heard of the Skyline right? It was the ultimate example of automotive excellence, where Nissan spared no expense to put its Japanese competition to shame. It worked on Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi and practically everyone. Mazda on the other hand, made this impressive flagship coupe: the Eunos Cosmo.
You’ll be excused if you haven’t heard of the Eunos Cosmo. American fans had to appreciate the 300 hp, turbocharged rotary engine two-door from afar. The closest thing to driving it came from the Gran Turismo video games. Using a bigger version of the RX-7’s rotary engine, the Eunos Cosmo featured the largest displacement rotary engine sold by Mazda.
Three-hundred horsepower was something to celebrate back in 1990, but so was the color touch-screen, mobile phone, GPS and an honest to goodness TV in the car. Yes, the Eunos Cosmo was something else back in 1990, and it was proof that Mazda could run with the giants like Godzilla.