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Discover the Hottest Cars Now Available for Legal Import into the U.S. in 2024

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI

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Evolution is a gradual thing. In 1999, Mitsubishi made moderate alterations to the Lancer Evolution. The new Evolution VI shared many features with its Evolution V predecessor, including a 276-hp turbocharged four-cylinder and all-wheel drive, but the newer Evo’s modest tweaks made it a better all-around sports sedan.

The revised fascias and improved engine cooling contributed to the car’s styling improvements and aided in making the VI a more durable machine. Meanwhile, a retuned suspension with aluminum bits up front improved handling and lowered the front roll center. More legible gauges also made it easier for the driver to keep an eye on engine vitals while rowing through the Mitsu’s five-speed manual transmission.

Overeager Evo fans won’t miss out on much by jumping the gun and importing an already 25-plus-year-old Lancer Evolution V. That said, those who remain patient and wait until 2024 to import an Evo VI will ultimately be rewarded with a superior—even if only slightly—rally rocket.

Nissan Silvia (S15)

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Nissan pulled the 240SX from our shores following the 1998 model year. Though the 240SX’s story may have come to a close at that point for us Yanks, it continued in other markets. Dubbed the Silvia in Japan, the four-cylinder coupe got a redesign in 1999.

Known among fans as the S15—the prior model, predictably, bore the S14 designation—the latest (and final) generation of the Silvia entered the market with two engine options: a 2.0-liter inline-four and a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, the latter of which made just shy of 250 horsepower when paired to a six-speed manual transmission.

That’s the sort of Silvia we’d want to import and park in our garage. Still, there’s really not a bad S15 option, as all variants wear attractive sheetmetal that complements a playful rear-drive chassis.

Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34)

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The R34 is the ultimate Skyline GT-R. What about the wicked R35 GT-R that Nissan sold in the U.S. for the better part of a decade?

Well, technically that’s just a GT-R. The R34 marked the last time that Nissan pinned the GT-R moniker to a variant of the Skyline model line. While it may lack the dedicated sports-car underpinnings of the R35, the R34 is arguably the more engaging GT-R. Credit the older car’s lesser mass, six-speed manual transmission, and smooth straight-six engine.

If numbers are what you’re after, then don’t bother importing an R34 Skyline GT-R, because the R35 GT-R that is already sold here does a better job of ticking those boxes. Those willing to sacrifice some power, though, will find a more joyous behind-the-wheel experience from the driver’s seat of this still incredibly quick and capable all-wheel-drive Skyline variant.

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Porsche 911 GT3 (996.1)

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There’s no such thing as too many Porsche 911 GT3s in our book,

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