Evolution of the Z-car


Evolution of the Z-car


Get excited about the new 2022 Nissan 400Z, which will be debuting this year in production form. Powered by a twin-turbo V6, you’re sure to be impressed by Nissan’s last sports superstar. While this model will be brand-new, it follows a long and exciting line of Z models.

The first Z model debuted in 1969, known as the Fairlady Z, better known as the Datsun 240Z. Six generations of Z-cars have followed, all designed to turn heads and cause hearts to race.

First Generation

The first generation Z-car, the 240Z was sold from 1969 through 1973 with the 260Z introduced in 1974. Engine power increased in the newer model, but it was replaced by the 280Z in 1975. This model sported a 2.8L engine and Bosch fuel injection was introduced to replace the carburetor.

Second Generation

The Nissan Datsun 280ZX was overhauled for 1976 with only the engine and transmission remaining the same. T-tops were introduced by 1980 with a turbocharged engine included in 1981. This model won Car of the Year in 1979 from Motor Trend, but some critics thought the focus was too much on luxury.

Third Generation

Another complete redesign for the Z-car came about in 1984 with a new 3.0L V6 engine. Small changes were made throughout this generation with flared wheel wells, smoked taillights, and a water-cooled turbocharger.

Fourth Generation

Another complete overhaul of the Z-car occurred with the fourth generation. The only thing that remained was the 3.0L V6 engine, which now showcased dual overhead camshafts and variable valve timing. Horsepower increased up to 300 hp with a top speed of 155 mph. This fourth-generation won numerous awards and included the first convertible for the Z-car.

Fifth Generation

This model was known as the 350Z with a powerful engine at 287 horsepower. Along with speed, the fifth-generation model includes luxury features, such as leather seats and the Bose entertainment system.

Sixth Generation

The 370Z debuted in 2008 with a 3.7L V6 engine and an ability to go from zero to 60 in 5.1 seconds. Buyers could choose either the six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Included in this model was SynchroRev Match, which matches engine and transmission speeds to the throttle.

The Future with the 400Z

This Z-car from Nissan is likely to be the most powerful with around 400 horsepower expected. Images show a car with chrome trim, new wheels, larger headlights, and a rear decklid spoiler. The six-speed manual transmission will be standard for precise handling, but you’ll most likely have the option of an automatic as well.

What might make this new Z-car the most exciting is the expected price. The Nissan 400Z should be available by the end of 2021 at around $40,000, making it affordable for the average buyer.

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