History of the Z & Zed Specifications

09-07-2004, 08:26 PM
From 240Zed, to 300ZedX... Supplied by 1viadrft. Thanks George.


Ok so now that you know... You dont have to ask.


09-12-2004, 06:45 PM
Some specifications in the superior system (metric):

VG30DETT (Twin-turbo)
Power: 223kW at flywheel
Torque: 384Nm

Power: 166kW at flywheel
Torque: 269Nm

Curb Weight (Manual):
2-Seater: 1430 kg
2+2: 1548 kg
Convertible: 1563 kg
TT: 1595 kg

Curb Weight (Automatic):
2-Seater: 1473 kg
2+2: 1561 kg
TT: 1612 kg

VG30ET (Turbo)
Power: 150kW at flywheel
Torque: 314Nm

VG30E (NA)
Power: 120kW at flywheel
Torque: 240Nm

Curb Weight (GL):
NA: 1310kg
NA 2+2: 1349kg
Turbo: 1357kg
Turbo 2+2: 1374kg

Curb Weight (GLL):
NA: 1334kg
NA 2+2: 1368 kg
Turbo: 1373kg
Turbo 2+2: 1398kg

[ http://www.live2cruize.com/Tech/Pages/300ZX_TwinTurbo.html ]
[ http://www.cardomain.com/memberpage/427532/3 ]
[ http://www.supercars.net/cars/1990@$Nissan@$300ZXg.html ]
[ http://www.zspares.com.au/Z31tech.htm ]


09-12-2004, 07:07 PM
Thank you Mike... Appreciate the input.


A Little History:
I hope this fills in some of the blanks about the Z.

1966 - Nissan Motors identifies a market for a new kind of sports car. Its product planners envision an agile, compact GT, whose performance and comfort would outrun its price. Nissan engineers begin work on a prototype, which would become the 240Z.

1969 - The 240Z goes on sale in the U.S. on October 22, 1969. It features a 2400cc , 2.4 liter in-line OHC six-cylinder with two side draft SU carburetors, the engine produced 150 horsepower engine, and delivers a 0-60 time of under nine seconds. The only transmission offered was a 4 speed manual. The brakes consisted of solid front discs and rear drums -- all for a price tag of only $3,526.

1970 - Less than a year after its debut, demand for the 240Z is so high that the Kelly Blue Book rates the value of a used Z at $4,000! Bob Sharp and Pete Brock take the Datsun 240Z to the racetrack in SCCA competition -- driver John Morton wins the C-Production national championship for Brock Racing Enterprises.

1971 - Prompted by vibration problems on the racecars, the crankshaft was redesigned. The transmission and differential were improved. A Jatco 3 speed automatic became available. The rear quarter panel and hatch received new styling also.
John Morton wins his second straight C-Production national title.

1972 - The combustion chambers shape was altered lowering the compression ration from 9.0 to 8.8:1, effectively lowering emissions and power. Automatic seat belt retractors were installed and the rear window defroster lines were now run horizontal.
Bob Sharp drives a 240Z to the first of his two consecutive C-Production national championships.

1973 - Carburetors, manifolds and cylinder head were changed to meet emission standards. Intermittent windshield wipers were added as standard equipment. Tinted glass, 3 point adjustable seat belts, collapsible steering column, fire retardant interior and racing seats were introduced.
At the close of the 240Z's fourth and final model year all-time sales reach 116,712 units.

1974 - The engine displacement of the 1974 model is increased to 2.6 liters, and the car is renamed the 260Z. Due to stricter emissions requirements, horsepower is down to 139. 1974 also brings the introduction of the "2+2" body style, which accommodates fold-down rear seats. In its only year of existence, the 260Z sets a single-year Z-car sales record at the time, with 63,963 units sold.
Walt Moss extends Datsun's Z-car dominance by claiming the C-Production national championship.

1975 - Needing increasingly complex technology to meet even tougher emissions regulations, Nissan boosts the Z-car's displacement to 2.8 liters and adds a version of Bosch's L-Jetronic fuel injection, creating the 1975 280Z. Horsepower rating is increased to 149. Front and rear bumpers are enlarged to meet Federal 5 mph standards. 280Z model was only sold in the U.S.A.
Sharp moves up to the IMSA GTU racing circuit, winning eight races and capturing the championship. He also wins his third SCCA C-Production title.

1976 - A voltmeter replaced the ammeter in the center console.

1977 - A five-speed manual overdrive transmission is added to the 280Z and horsepower climbs to 170. 1977 is also the Z's highest sales year to date (at the time), with 67,331 units sold.

1978- Black Pearl edition introduced on coupe models featured a black pearl metallic finish with red and silver striping.

1979 - An all-new, second-generation Z-car is developed, debuting as the 280ZX. Only the engine, transmission and differential are carried over. The 280ZX offers a higher level of luxury to meet the growing demands of the sports car customer. Named Motor Trend's "Import Car of the Year" for 1979, the 280ZX sets the all-time sales record for the Z line with 86,007 units sold. The Z-car captures its 10th consecutive SCCA C-Production national championship. Don Devendorf wins another IMSA GTU title for Datsun.

1980 - A new T-bar roof option is introduced on the GL model. Leather upholstery was optional. 3,000 10th Anniversary edition models were built featuring two-toned paint, gold emblems, gold tone alloy wheels, headlamp washers and automatic climate control. Cumulative American Z-car sales reach 500,000 units.

1981 - A turbocharged engine is offered for the first time on the 1981 280ZX producing 180hp with a 3 speed automatic transmission in coupe models only. Engine changed and a three-way catalytic converter raised horsepower to 145 on the non-turbo models. Sales remained brisk through the 1983 model year.

1982 - Turbocharged engine became available in the 2+2 models. Power rack and pinion steering became standard. All hoods received the NACA scoop. Voice warning system added.
Devendorf, and his Electromotive racing team, win Datsun's first ever IMSA GTO championship.

1983 - Suspension was identical on normally aspirated and turbocharged cars. A leather and digital option was offered that included leather trim, digital dash, automatic climate control, mirrors defogging, automatic rear defogger and bronze tinted glass.

1984 - The third-generation Z, the all-new 300ZX, makes its debut. The 300ZX offers sleek new styling and a powerful new 3.0-liter V6 engine, elevating the sports car's performance image to even greater heights. The normally aspirated 300ZX produces 160 horsepower, while the turbocharged version offers 200 horsepower. The 1984 model becomes the second-best selling Z ever, with 73,652 units sold. Turbo models have a small drivers-side hood scoop

1985 - T-Tops become standard. Two-tone paint is an option on turbo models. Leather trim option is offered without the electronic package.
Paul Newman, splitting time between the SCCA's professional Trans-Am series and the amateur ranks, sets 10 track records in his 280ZX Turbo and leads the national championship race wire-to-wire to win his third title.

1986 - The hood scoop was removed from the turbo models. T-Tops become an option. Body colored side molding is introduced. Rocker panel extensions and chin spoiler become standard. High mounted third brake light introduced.
Newman wins his second straight SCCA GT-1 national crown.

1987 - Significant body changes produced better aerodynamics.

1988 - Scott Sharp, son of the legendary Datsun racer Bob, wins his second straight SCCA GT-1 national championship, and his third title overall.

Late '80s - Toward the end of the 1980s, the overall sports car market faces a downturn due to a significant increase in consumer demand for multi-purpose vehicles such as minivans and sport utilities. Back-to-basics is the name of the game when it comes to sports cars, and for Nissan, it means a return to more of a performance orientation during the development of the next generation Z-car.

1990 In response, the fourth-generation Z -- the dramatic 1990 300ZX -- takes on tighter proportions and a much more aggressive stance. The all-new DOHC 3.0 liter engine offers increased output of 222 horsepower for the normally aspirated model, and an incredible 300 horsepower for the 300ZX Turbo. The 1990 300ZX Turbo is named Motor Trend's "Import Car of the Year". Motor Trend also names it, "One of the Top Ten Performance Cars". Automobile Magazine honors the 300ZX/300ZX Turbo as its "Design of the Year", and names the 300ZX Turbo to its "All Stars" list. Road & Track names the 300ZX Turbo "One of the Ten Best Cars in the World". Car and Driver names the 300ZX Turbo "One of the Ten Best Cars". American Z-car sales reach the one million sales mark in the 1990 model year, making it the all-time best selling sports car.

1991 - The 300ZX Turbo is named to Car and Driver's "Ten Best" list, and is once again one of Automobile Magazine's "All-Stars".

1992 - For the third straight year Car and Driver names the 300ZX Turbo one of its "Ten Best", and Automobile Magazine names it to its "All-Stars" list.

1993 - First year a convertible Z is offered, available in non-turbo models only, adding 210 pounds to the car.
For the fourth straight year, the 300ZX Turbo is named a Car and Driver "Ten Best", and one of Automobile Magazine's "All-Stars".

1994 - Keyless remote entry system became standard. Rear spoiler on turbo models was raised from the rear deck lid.
A race-modified Z wins both the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours at Sebring. It goes on to win the GTS Class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, making it the only car ever to accomplish such a record within the same year. And for the fifth straight year, the 300ZX Turbo is named to the "Ten Best" and "All Stars" lists by Car and Driver and Automobile Magazine, respectively.

1995 - Marks the 25th Anniversary of the Z. It also brings another award from Car and Driver, as the publication names the 300ZX Turbo to its "Ten Best" list for the sixth straight year. Nissan, working with Steve Millen Sports Cars, produces a limited edition 25th Anniversary 300ZX Twin Turbo, the SMZ featuring a 365hp engine, larger wheels, bigger brakes, upgraded suspension and a large rear wing. According to Nissan, in recent years, the 300ZX/300ZX Twin Turbo has outsold the Mazda RX-7, Toyota Supra, and Acura NSX combined.

1996 - Regrettably, 1996 signifies the final production year of the Z-Car. Nissan will sell the 300ZX in 1996, despite 1994 sales of just over 6,000 units, and 1995 sales reported to be even fewer. In 1998, especially with the opening of the Nissan "Z-Stores", rumors abound about a "next generation" Z-Car.

2001 - January 8, 2001 marks the much-anticipated official announcement of the newest generation Nissan Z Concept! Thankfully, the Z-Car heritage and tradition live on.

2002 - The legend returns with 5 models to choose from (Base, Enthusiast, Performance, Touring, and Track) all featuring the V-6, 3.5 liter DOHC 24 valve engine with 287hp and 274 ft/lbs of torque. A six-speed manual or five-speed automatic with manual mode (Ent. And Touring only) is offered. Track model includes Brembo brakes.

2003 - The fledgling 350Z is named one of Car and Driver's "Ten Best" for 2003!

2004 - Nissan introduces the 350Z Roadster convertible, featuring a power-operated cloth top, with a glass rear window.


09-26-2004, 10:08 PM
msn autos said the z32tt goes 0-60 in 6.5 sec, i thought it seemed a bit slow for a tt. But i still love z's

09-26-2004, 10:57 PM
MSN autos is off. way off.

11-08-2004, 02:07 PM
I thought the 89 300zx had the inline 6 and the v6 didnt come out until 90. So is it true that all 300z cars has the v6?

11-08-2004, 02:28 PM
No... unless you are referring to the '200ZR' Z31 which came with a RB20DET which was made in Japan only... we only got the VG30ET. To clear up more questions... the Z31 also came with a VG20ET, VG30E, VG30ET, the aforementioned RB20DET, and later an early version of the VG30DE (most of these engine trims were only avaible in Japan of course).

11-08-2004, 03:36 PM
vg20et??? im guessing that was offered to japan to take the place of the vg30e that we have here. nissan always gives japan the good stuff. i winder what that engine was like though...anybody have specs on the vg20et???

11-08-2004, 04:07 PM
vg20et??? im guessing that was offered to japan to take the place of the vg30e that we have here. nissan always gives japan the good stuff. i winder what that engine was like though...anybody have specs on the vg20et???


170HP... It was not that great of a popular engine... it was discontinued within three years of production (in the Z31). It was more of a base-model engine... the least powerful. The RB20DET however was only rated at 10HP more. But it was an instant classic since it was the last Z with a straight six.

11-08-2004, 05:59 PM
broken link there 1via

11-09-2004, 03:52 PM
Sorry it was a nice pic of a VG20DET... but for some reason it won't come up...

01-11-2005, 02:05 AM
sorry for the late post, but the link is working now and it looks exactly like the VG30ET!!! i cant make out the numbers...

01-11-2005, 05:19 PM
It's says "TURBO 2000". I does look similar to the VG30 and it should... same engine family.

01-11-2005, 05:56 PM
um...the VG in the 300zx looks nothing like the VG in the frontier there, smartass!!!

i still think you just found a pic of a vg30et and tried to frame it as a vg20et...:lol:

01-11-2005, 05:59 PM
You know WTF I meant, smart-guy....

Zoom in closer and you can clearly see it's a '2' and not a '3'!

01-11-2005, 06:04 PM
i got it now Jorge!!! nice find!!! :thumbsup:

01-11-2005, 06:06 PM
Thanks, Jason!

01-11-2005, 07:12 PM
i just think he photochopped it :grinyes:


01-11-2005, 07:32 PM
I don't even have photo-shop! Damn-it!

Although I would love to get that program! Then I can screw with you guys! "Yeah that's an RB56DETT in my Zed! Can't you see the pix? They had those in the old Z30's back in the day!"


01-11-2005, 07:47 PM
*cough* Limewire *cough* (or kazaa, or whatever P2P program you like to use)


01-11-2005, 08:03 PM
i think someone might be yankin yer chain there 1via.. that looks EXACTLY the same as the vg30... exact engine bay layout as well... who knows

01-11-2005, 09:02 PM
sigh... zoom in!

01-19-2005, 07:03 PM
This is a 240Z:


This is a 260Z:


This is a 280Z(X):


This is a Z31 300ZX:


This is a Z32 300ZX:


This is a 350Z:


Got it? Good!

01-19-2005, 07:11 PM
im getting a 240Z to re-do one of these days...ill have a z32TT and a 240Z. i love both...

if we all lived closer together we could do an "Past Z Car Forum Project 240Z"....that would cool!!!!

01-19-2005, 07:16 PM
the local club i am in (HAZCC) has a project 240Z. it is going to be awesome.


01-19-2005, 07:22 PM
Yeah that would be cool to get together and do a project... too bad you guys live in the boonies!

02-18-2005, 08:40 AM
well my 73 240z says 2750lbs on it. and has a sticker for the original l24 saying 150hp at 6500rpm. so i do see some things are different from what that picture says and what my car says.

02-18-2005, 12:41 PM
sure its not the GVW? Its different than the actual weight.

02-18-2005, 02:18 PM

02-18-2005, 04:39 PM
well my 73 240z says 2750lbs on it. and has a sticker for the original l24 saying 150hp at 6500rpm. so i do see some things are different from what that picture says and what my car says.
that might be. what is the differance?

02-18-2005, 11:00 PM

GVW is basically the maximum amount of weight the car should weigh with everything in it.

07-16-2005, 02:24 AM
Front Tires: 225/50/16
Rear Tires: 225/50/16
Front Wheels: 16x7.5
Rear Wheels: 16x7.5

Front Tires: 225/50/16
Rear Tires: 245/45/16
Front Wheels: 16x7.5
Rear Wheels: 16x8.5

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