Welcome back to the history of the Nissan Z family of vehicles. If you happened to miss the beginning of the history just click here and you can begin at the beginning. Now, lets take our flash back to the past.
At the end of 1978, Nissan released the second generation of the Z cars. This was tagged as the 280ZX. This was a completely revamped vehicle compared to the past Z models. The only thing that was left over from earlier models was the 5-speed manual transmission and the 2.8-liter inline 6 engine. The new 280ZX was overhauled to meet consumer demands. Some of the major changes include t-tops, introduced in 1980, and a turbocharged model introduced in 1981. The new turbocharged model was now capable of 180 HP and 203 Lb-Ft or torque compared to the original 135 HP and 144 Lb-Ft of Torque. The 280ZX was extremely popular even early on as it received Motor Trend’s Import Car of the Year for the year of 1979 and set Z-car sales records of 86,007 units in its first year.
Then in 1984 the Z-car was once again redesigned for its third generation, and hence came the 300ZX. This 300ZX also brought a power packed 3.0-Liter V6 engine dubbed the VG series. The 300ZX V6 was available in both NA and Turbocharged versions, producing 160 HP (NA) and 200 HP. This also became a wildly popular vehicle and becoming the second best selling Z-car in history selling over 70,000 units. Over the entirety of the production till 1989 the 300ZX was constantly being reworked and improved. Some of these improvements include water-cooled turbocharger, body color bumpers, and many “smoked” parts.
In the fourth generation we will get to the revamped 300ZX, with more style and more power as well as a Z concept car that never quite made it out. Stay tuned next time for all that and more of the Nissan Z Story.
The Nissan Z is the sports car line of Nissan. It started as an upgraded version of the Datsun line and has since then expanded to include iconic vehicles such as the 240Z, 300ZX, 350Z, and the current model the 370Z. Nissan Z’s are currently the record holders for being the best selling sports car series of all time with over 2 million cars sold.
The Nissan Z tale begins in the 1960’s when they were trying to develop a new sports car prototype with Yamaha. After some time together Nissan decided they wanted more than the Yamaha DOHC 2.0-liter engine could provide and scrapped the idea. Yamaha then took the Engine to Toyota, which would soon after result in the Toyota 2000GT. This just spiked the need for Nissan’s own sports car.
Prototype work began in 1966, and finally production of the new Nissan Z car started on October 1969, making 2 separate versions- one for the japanese market, and one for the US market. The Japanese version was released under the name Nissan Fairlady Z , the US as the Datsun 240Z which came equipped with a 2.4L inline-6 engine boasting a whole 151 HP (actually kind of alot in those days). The 240Z sold over 45,000 units through ’71 and over 50,000 and 40,000 in 1972 and 1973. The 240Z was quickly becoming one of the fastest selling sports cars in the US market.
In 1974 the 260Z was released and featured an increased engine displacement of 2.6L. Though with the new displacement the 260Z lost overall horsepower due to parts being replaced with lighter less durable part to meet now more restricted emissions regulations in the US.
Only a year later Nissan released the 280Z (which is different from the 2nd generation 280ZX) in the US and added even more engine displacement. This version also brought the introduction to the Bosch fuel injection, which replaced the original carburetors. This change brought a power increase to 170 HP.
Stay tuned next week for the introduction of the second and third generations of the Nissan Z lines…
Preparing for the Olympics is a tough route in life. Training from morning till night, eating only healthy foods, and being under the pressure of representing your ENTIRE country, but 6 time Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Lochte has even taken it a step further. He has developed one of the most innovative versions of the backstroke swim. So needless to say Ryan is no stranger to living his life backwards, and that’s why Nissan has challenged him to try and make it through a coned course in the All-New 2013 Nissan Altima, backwards without knocking over a single cone.
The All-New 2013 Nissan Altima is a whole different family sedan compared to any other, even that of other versions of the Nissan Altima. Nissan created a much more efficient and lighter version of the Altima. To put that in perspective, the 2013 Nissan Altima reaches 100 mph, while only at 2,500 revolutions. Thats impressive. The reworked and heavily modified Continuously Variable Transmission is much to account for this. The 2013 Nissan Altima will come with the QR25DE 2.5L I4 that pushes out 182 HP and 180 LB.-Ft. of torque. It’s Front-Wheel Drive as usual but has an astonishing 0-60 time of only 7.1 seconds. And with all this power you still get the fuel economy of 27 City mpg and 38 Hwy mpg.
So now that we have a little information on the 2013 Nissan Altima that we are putting Ryan Lochte to the test in, lets see if he can handle the pressure of our challenge as well as he does the Olympics.
“I had a great car at my disposal,” Grant said. “With direct drive from the electric motor to its wheels, the Nissan Leaf can, in theory, go as fast backwards as it can forwards There were times I wasn’t sure I was coming or going. However, thanks to the Leaf’s low centre of gravity – the batteries are an integral part of the car’s floor – the car is extremely stable, no matter which direction it’s travelling.”
Last year Grant also set a record at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011 by driving a Juke up the course on two wheels. Aside from setting the “in-reverse” record, Nissan also ran a GT-R and a Leaf Nismo RC.
For more information on the Nissan Leaf, contact your local Nissan dealership, but lets leave the record breaking to the professionals. 😉