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silverc10

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Auto-Genealogy: Nissan Z
« on: May 02, 2011, 08:41:01 PM »
So I've always been partial to Z's, especially the 240's then the late 300's. Finally got a new one, but I will have to build a 240 someday.

So, on to the story.

Production of the 240Z started in 1969, and carried on through 1973. The 240 featured a 2.4L inline 6 that produced 151 hp and used two SU-style carburetors.

A 1970 240Z (S30)


In a move that would be repeated time and again, 1974 saw the introduction of the 260Z. Displacement was increased by .2L, though power fell to 139hp in most parts of the US. The 260 also saw the introduction of the first 2+2 model. The 260 would be a rare case, only seeing production in the US for one year.



1975 brought yet another increase in engine size, up to 2.8 to make the 280Z. This version of the inline six made use of Bosch fuel injection, and produced a much improved 170hp. Unfortunately, bumper regulations and luxury additions meant nearly an equal increase in the weight of the car.



1979 saw the first overall refresh of the Z as the 280ZX came to market. The only thing left unchanged from the Z was the 5-speed transmission, and the car grew both in size and weight. T-tops and 2 different engine options were available, the NA 2.8 liter inline 6 produced 135hp while a turbocharged version made 180hp and 203 ft·lb of torque. This was a great time for the Z, with sales topping 86,000 in the first year. It was also named Import Car of the Year by Motor Trend Magazine, though enthusiasts thought less favorably of the increased weight and focus on driving luxury.

280ZX 2+2 (S130)


1984 saw a complete redesign of the Z, and yet another increase in displacement to an even 3L and a change to V configuration, making the 300ZX. Two different engines were featured yet again, a naturally aspirated and turbocharged version producing 160 and 200 bhp respectively. Styling shifted to a strong wedge, and received several facelifts in the late 80's to retain relevance.

1984 300ZX (Z31)


The fourth generation Z saw light in 1990. Only the engine was carried over, the chassis grew yet again and for the first time a convertible was offered. Horsepower of the naturally aspirated version was raised to 222, while the new Garrett twin-turbocharged version was tuned to send 300hp and 283 lb-ft of torque through the drivetrain. 0-60 times ranged between 5 and 6 seconds, and top speed was electronically limited to 155 mph.

An ever-increasing sticker price (approaching $50,000 in later years) caused US production to cease after 1996.

1993 300ZX (Z32)


The world went on without a Z from 1997 to 2002, though a 240Z concept was unveiled in 1999 to mixed reviews. The concept used a 2.4L inline 4 from the Maxima, and overall was thought of as a less than worthy successor to the name.



Finally, in 2002, the 350Z came to market as a 2003 model. 5 trim packages were available, each initially featuring a 287hp version of Nissan's VQ35DE V6 engine, and eventually raising output to 306hp with the VQ35HR. Rather than producing a 2+2 Z, the Infiniti lineup grew to accept its own version, the G35 coupe. A roadster version was also made available from 2004-2009.

2008 350Z (Z33..cue shameless whoring :lol:)


Roadster


In 2008, production of the current Z began, with yet another increase in displacement to 3.7L. The updated VQ37VHR makes 332 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Styling was updated with stronger hints to the original 240Z, and technological updates include synchro-rev matching on manual transmission models. Interior materials were also updated, bringing fit and finish inside in line with its competitors.

2009 370Z (Z34)


Roadster


And that's the story of the little Z :mrgreen:

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Re: Auto-Genealogy: Nissan Z
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2011, 10:02:29 PM »
Love me some Z-cars, no matter how disproportionate the noses of the Datsun-era ones were. :lol:

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Re: Auto-Genealogy: Nissan Z
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2011, 10:46:13 PM »
I've always assumed the British were at least partially responsible for the Z's proportions :lol:


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Re: Auto-Genealogy: Nissan Z
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2011, 03:26:33 PM »
I was thinking moar along the lines of the GTO.



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Re: Auto-Genealogy: Nissan Z
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2011, 02:34:07 AM »
I would have to say the 240z is my favorite Japanese car they ever produced.

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Re: Auto-Genealogy: Nissan Z
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2011, 02:01:30 PM »
I've always like the look of cars with long front-ends and the driver sitting damn near on top of the rear axle.  Always looked cool.


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Re: Auto-Genealogy: Nissan Z
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2011, 04:30:28 PM »
I've always like the look of cars with long front-ends and the driver sitting damn near on top of the rear axle.  Always looked cool.



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Re: Auto-Genealogy: Nissan Z
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2011, 08:19:06 AM »
Ace and Gary use that body style too.  :lol: