300ZX (Z32) 90-96
The debut of the Z32 300ZX ushered in a new era in Nissan history, it was a
step out of the sports car market and a step right into the supercar market.
That big step also meant a big increase in sticker price, base models started
around $30k and you could expect to pay nearly $45k for a fully loaded TT
Both the N/A and TT models helped bring some serious technology to the
table in the form of Nissan's Valve timing Control System (NVCS), or simply
Variable Timing Cam (VTC). This system allowed the computer to advance or
retard the timing of the intake camshaft to optimize performance, such
systems are still in use on today's Z cars.
To say that this car was "ahead of it's time" is a gross understatement and
many enthusiasts believe the Z32 is still the best Z car Nissan has ever
produced. Aftermarket performance options are aplenty for this Z car, it's
quite possible to extract ridiculous amounts of horsepower from the
The Z32 not only had blistering performance with its twin-turbo inter-cooled
engine, but most models came from the factory with creature comforts such
as automatic climate controls, leather seating, power driver's seat, power
windows / locks / mirrors, adjustable suspension and a premium Bose audio
The very first year the Z32 was available it took home several accolades and
awards such as:
-Motor Trends " Import car of the year"
-Motor Trend also named the Z32 "One of the top ten performance cars"
-Automobile Magazine named it as the "Design of the year" and put it on their
" All Stars" list.
-Road and Track named it "One of the ten best cars in the world"
-Car and Driver named it "One of the ten best cars"
Nissan saw tremendous success with the Z32, selling just over 39,000 cars
in 1990 alone.
The Z32 300ZX had many different options available, N/A or twin turbo, T-top
roof or the "slick top" hard top car which was not available for the Twin-turbo.
4 speed automatic cars were available, which actually produced slightly less
horsepower, but equal torque to the 5 speed manual cars due to some slight
turbo charger differences.
Many changes were made throughout the years, convertible tops were made
available on N/A cars in 1993. 1994 brought changes in the form of taller more
effective rear spoiler, and "Super Hicas" rear wheel steering system became
controlled electronically as opposed to functioning with power steering
1995 is known to many enthusiasts to be the best year model for the Z32, it
not only had the upgrades of the previous years ( spoiler and electronic Hicas
),the computer was upgraded to a 16-bit processor and the fuel injectors were
upgraded to a newer style that were less prone to failure. Only 3,135 were
1996 was the last year the Z32 was sold in the U.S., sales continued in Japan
and other countries until 1999. Unfortunately in 96, the variable timing cam
system had to be dropped, most likely due to the introduction of OBD-II
diagnostics becoming mandatory on U.S. spec vehicles. Many Japanese
manufacturers opted to stop exporting some of their higher performance cars
to the U.S. in the few years before and after 1996.
VG30DE non-turbo engine