Nissan 300ZX Modern rendering might make you forget about the new Z Logo

The new 2023 Nissan Z is an exciting addition to the Nissan lineup with a design inspired by the original 240Z. The 240Z’s iconic body lines may define the new Nissan Z, but what if Nissan took inspiration from another previous Z car for its new sports car? Luckily, car designer TheSketchMonkey is here to show us what a modern day 300ZX would look like.

The Z32 300ZX debuted in 1989 and was a major departure from the design of previous Nissan Zs. In fact, the new 300ZX should mark a new dawn for the Nissan Z as a modern sports car, poised to take on other 19th-century competitors like the Toyota Supra , the Mazda RX-7 and the Mitsubishi 3000GT.

Lower and wider than its Z31 predecessor, the Z32 300ZX adopted a new modern design language with smooth lines and sculpted body panels. The VG30DE 3.0-liter V6 was vastly improved over the previous generation car, featuring dual overhead camshafts and variable valve timing. In its naturally aspirated form, the VG30DE produced 222 hp (166 kilowatts) and 198 lb-ft (268 Newton-meters) of torque. The top-of-the-line Turbo 300ZX featured a VG30DETT 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine that produced an impressive 300 hp (224 kilowatts) and 283 lb-ft (384 Newton-meters) of torque.

The new Nissan Z features a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, making it a cousin of the old 300ZX.

The turbocharged Nissan 300ZX was a complicated car that used cutting-edge technology to improve performance. Nissan included exotic features like an adjustable two-mode suspension system and rear-wheel steering. The Z32 300ZX was also one of the first cars to be designed using CAD software, making it a pioneer in the world of modern car design.

The Z32 300ZX was a massive sales success for Nissan, selling over 1 million units in the American market in 1990. Unfortunately, as with all great Japanese sports cars of the 1990s, prices began to rise at an alarming rate, spelling the end of the complex expensive 300Zx. Sales for the 1996 model year fell to just 80,000 units and the 300ZX exited the American market.

Luckily we have a new Nissan Z and a new Toyota Supra to bring the Japanese sports car back to the American markets.

Today, the 300ZX is a prominent feature of the Nissan Z lineup as a unique curvy sports car that allowed Nissan to push the boundaries of Nissan Z car performance. One of the first modern sports cars to be designed using CAD software, this groundbreaking icon deserves a rebirth with a modern design.

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