Nissan`s RB26DETT has also had higher and higher torque values over the years (approximately 260 to 290 lb/ft) despite the same power. In the late 1990s, it seems quite pointless that the agreement was even pursued, since it was clearly broken by almost everyone. Oddly enough, the car that ended up destroying it made much less power than some of the cars it had been producing since 1989, Japanese automakers all approved – at least on paper – a kind of gentlemen`s agreement that limited their announced horsepower to 276 on vehicles produced on the national territory. Their main objective was to avoid a PS war in a country where the maximum speed is 62 mph. But in October, Honda officially broke the agreement on its legend (Acura RL in the United States) by unveiling the 300 hp V-6 of 300 hp and 3.5 liters of the model. Most car enthusiasts know the situation from the horizon, but according to CarThrottle, the Toyota Century V12 has also been stifled, albeit slightly, by the “agreement” and in fact more than 300 horses instead of the 276 alleged. That`s what aroused DeMuro`s curiosity. After finding an AWD-Dyno at AWE Tuning near Philadelphia, he conducted his R-32 action three times on to be sure. The power of the wheel was constant at 281. Roughly translated, the car is then 320 hp.
This means that Japanese automakers have been manufacturing cars of more than 300 hp for the duration of the agreement. They just did not put the numbers on paper. Doug DeMuro of Jalopnik is the proud owner of a Nissan R-32 GT-R, a car produced at the beginning of a gentlemen`s agreement between all Japanese automakers. This agreement was intended to limit all horses in standard cars to less than 300 because it was believed to make driving safer. A gentleman`s agreement, defined at the beginning of the 20th century as “an agreement between gentlemen who looks at price control,” has been described by one source as the most lax form of a “pool.”  Such agreements have been declared in all industrial sectors and are numerous in the steel and steel industry.  A gentlemen`s agreement or gentleman`s agreement is an informal and non-binding agreement between two or more parties. It is usually oral, but it can be written or simply understood as part of a tacit agreement by convention or by mutually beneficial label. The essence of a gentlemen`s agreement is that it depends on the honour of the parties for its achievement, rather than being enforceable in one way or another. It differs from a legal agreement or a contract. Dissent increased further as foreign manufacturers built increasingly strong cars and restricted the Japanese car market abroad until the decisive (and surprisingly last) year of 2004. In July 2004, former JAMA President Itaru Koeda went to the press to tell them the truth – JAMA had not found a link between speed and road mortality. Koeda called for the end of the gentleman`s agreement.
Japanese engine designers will readily admit, however, that the country`s manufacturers have built cars with more than 276 horsepower. The fact is that no car manufacturer has officially wanted to break the agreement. It`s no secret that Mitsubishi Lancer Evos, Subaru Impreza WRXs and Nissan 300ZX Twin-Turbos have violated the agreement for years, but at least in Japan, they all claimed to have 276 horsepower.