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    Nissan 300ZX (Z32) 1989-2000

    The Z32 was a new design. The body was wider with a rounder profile and fewer hard edges. It had a marginally increased drag coefficient of .31 compared to the Z31's .30. Twin Turbocharged Z32s also featured active rear wheel steering systems called "Super HICAS", first introduced on the HR31 Nissan Skyline, which was actuated hydraulically until 1994 when Nissan switched to an electric actuator. Nissan designated the final 300 units earmarked for North American sale in 1996 as "Commemorative Edition" cars, although nothing new or exclusive to the model was included. The 1996 model years vehicles did not feature Nissan's NVTC variable valve timing system, which had been present on all previous Z32 models. Production continued in Japan until August 2000, with styling updates and the addition of HID headlamps in 1998.


    Unchanged from the previous generation 300ZX was the displacement of the 2,960 cc (3.0 L) V6 engine, now with DOHC and variable valve timing (N-VCT), rated at 222 hp (166 kW) and 198 lb⋅ft (268 N⋅m) in naturally aspirated form. The turbo variant was upgraded with Garrett AiResearch twin-turbochargers and dual intercoolers producing 300 bhp (304 PS; 224 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 283 lb⋅ft (384 N⋅m) of torque at 3,600 rpm. Performance varied from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) times of 5.0-6.0 seconds depending on the source, and it had a governed top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h).

    The Z32 300ZX was the first car to be marketed following the introduction of the 280 PS (206 kW) power ceiling imposed by JAMA that remained until 2004.

    American Z-car sales reached one million sales during the 1990 model year, making it at that time the best selling sports car.

    Nissan utilized the Cray-2 supercomputer to design the new 300ZX with a form of CAD software making it one of the first production cars to utilize this tool. On the twin turbo models, four-wheel steering was available under the name Super HICAS (High Capacity Actively Controlled Steering).

    Like previous generations Nissan offered a 2+2 model with the Z32. In 1992, a convertible version (produced by ASC) was introduced for the first time, as a response to aftermarket conversions. Most 300ZXs now featured T-tops as standard. A few steel top models were available.

    The Japanese Domestic Market was offered a number of trim variants not available in international market. This included the "Version R" with Recaro front seats, leather rear seats and larger side skirts.

    In America the 300ZX faced the same fate of many Japanese sports cars of the time. The mid-1990s marketplace trends toward SUVs and the rising Yen : Dollar ratio contributed to the end of North American 300ZX sales in 1996 with over 80,000 in sales. However, production for other markets continued until 2000. While the 1989 300ZX was priced at around $30,000, its final model year price increased to about $50,000. A Commemorative Edition for the final 300 units shipped to America included decals and certificates of authenticity. In Japan, the 300ZX continued until 2000, with a facelift in 1998 that featured a new fascia, tail lights, head lights, rear spoiler, and other minor changes.

    In 1990, Motorsports International of Waco, Texas collaborated with Japanese tuning company HKS to create the SR-71 300ZX. The cars were upgraded with larger Garrett turbochargers, HKS electronics and a Kaminari body kit designed for the SR-71 by Pete Brock. The SR-71 was California CARB certified and was to be sold through a select dealer network and Japanese performance tuning shops located within the United States. Officially, a total of eight cars were produced and were numbered #000-#007. But there were others custom-made. The exact number is not known. The SR-71 claimed the title of the third fastest production car in the world in 1990 for a fraction of the price of a Lamborghini Diablo and Ferrari F40 according to the designer Randy Ball. The base price was $65,000 for the 300ZX and SR-71 conversion.

    In 1995 and 1996, Steve Millen Motorsports (Stillen), developed a SMZ model with Nissan North America that were sold throughout the U.S. and Canada through designated Nissan dealerships. The performance upgrades were covered by the factory warranty. Each vehicle was numbered in the engine bay and interior. A total of 104 SMZs were produced at $14,000 more than the standard Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo.
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    A small correction:
    Nissan 300ZX #5, 4th picture, shows Nissan 280 ZX Turbo from early 1980s, not 300ZX as suggested by thread title.

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    post #3, pic #2... what race series did that 300ZX race on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeTurbo
    post #3, pic #2... what race series did that 300ZX race on?
    I think it's GrandAm or something like that.. last season the Jag xkr won.. with a former CART driver, i don't remenber his name
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    woah, didn't know they made a convertible version...not too bad at all
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeTurbo
    post #3, pic #2... what race series did that 300ZX race on?
    IMSA GT (International Motor Sports Association)
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    That #75 300ZX was driven my Steve Millen, winningest driver in IMSA GT and founder of Stillen.
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    Great links. Thanks for that.
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