The truth is that the cars of the 90s and early 2000s were producing more than the stated numbers anyway – it was just that the “gentleman`s agreement” meant that no manufacturer wanted to be seen starting a power arms race! It all goes back to the 1970s. The Bosozoku posed a threat to the safety of civilians driving on highways. The speed limit in force at the time was 100 km/h. This changed in the middle of the decade when all Japanese automakers came together (via JAMA or Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association) and agreed to limit the top speed of their vehicles to 180 km/h. It was a way to fight against the escapades of the Bosozoku gangs. Of course, performance also had to be limited, as this was related to the increasing number of road accidents, fatalities and injuries in the late 1980s, when road racing clubs/unions prevailed and drove too fast on long stretches of motorway. This is how the agreement was born years later, in 1988. A clear example of this is the Mitsubishi 3000GT/GTO. In the United States, the facelifted 3000GT VR-4 had 320 hp. In Japan, it came with 276 hp, although both have exactly the same engine. Read our Mitsubishi 3000GT/GTO Buyer`s Guide for more information.
Curiously, Mitsubishi did not even bother to change the nominal torque of JDM models compared to models in the US market. You have only entered a lower HP number to complete the Gentleman`s Agreement. Nissan`s RB26DETT also had increasingly high torque values over the years (about 260 to 290 lbs/ft), although it showed the same number of power. At the end of the 90s, it seems quite useless that the agreement was maintained, because it was clearly broken by almost everyone. Curiously, the car that eventually broke it produced far less electricity than some of the cars produced under it Until Jackie Robinson was hired by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946, a gentlemen`s agreement guaranteed that African-American players were excluded from organized baseball.  References: honda-tech.com/forums/general-discussion-debate-40/truth-about-%22mythical%22-japanese-car-manufacturers-276-hp-limit-%22agreement%22-561076/page2/ www.rx7club.com/3rd-generation-specific-1993-2002-16/1988-japanese-car-manufacturer-agreement-215233/ www.caranddriver.com/news/a15131963/japan-dumps-276-hp-pact-car-news/ www.reddit.com/r/cars/comments/3lamm9/does_anyone_know_what_the_real_power_outputs_of/ thenewswheel.com/moments-in-car-history-the-japanese-gentlemans-agreement/ And as foreign competition improved and a gap appeared between Japanese automakers, it was time for companies to end the act. In 2004, former JAMA president Itaru Koeda revealed the truth. There was no correlation between power and speed and road fatalities. He called for an end to the fake pact. In 2005, Honda Motor Company finally unveiled the fourth generation of the Legend (sold in North America as the acura RL) with its new 3.5-liter V6 with 300 hp (296 hp). This marked the end of the null and void gentlemen`s agreement.
They had stopped lying to everyone. and between them. For an agreement to be binding, English contract law must intend to create legal relationships; but in commercial transactions (i.e. agreements that do not exist between family members or friends), there is a legal presumption of an “intention to create legal relationships”. However, in the 1925 case of Rose & Frank Co v JR Crompton & Bros Ltd, the House of Lords concluded that the phrase “This agreement is not. a formal or legal agreement. but only a record of the intention of the parties was sufficient to rebut the presumption in question.  However, Japanese engine designers will readily admit that the country`s manufacturers have built cars with more than 276 hp. It`s just that none of the automakers officially wanted to break the deal. It`s no secret that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evos, Subaru Impreza WRX and Nissan 300ZX biturbos have been violating the deal for years, but at least in Japan they all claimed to have 276 horsepower.
False advertising has been ignored for the sake of harmony. .