The History of Nissan Sports Cars


The History of Nissan Sports Cars

The Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. initially started off dealing in auto parts and foundries, and soon moved on to making complete automobiles. The brand name came into existence in the year 1933, and the company spread its wings and launched as Datsun in the USA in 1958. Datsun’s first sports car in America was the SPL 201, which was initially launched with a sleek 4-seat roadster and a 48-horsepower engine. Soon after, this was replaced with a more powerful 85-horsepower engine.

The Datsun Sports cars were prominent throughout the 1960s and began with the Sports 1000, equipped with a 38-horsepower, 1.0L four-cylinder engine. This was followed by the Sports 1200, Sports 1500, Sports 1600, and the Sports 2000. In the early 1970s, Nissan’s Z cars became extremely popular and were touted as the poor man’s Jaguar, considering a similar build style. The original Z was equipped with a 2.4L six-cylinder engine. Soon, the 240Z and 260Z models came into the market, with more engine capacity. In 1981, a turbocharged engine option was added, and by 1983, the second-generation ZX car had arrived. Many people still consider the Z models to be one of the best-styled sports cars of all time. The Nissan Micra Superturbo was released in 1989. The car was equipped with a turbocharger on its 0.9L four-cylinder engine. The car became extremely popular owing to its twin-charged engine producing 108horsepower, and a five-speed manual transmission, making the vehicle extremely fun to drive.

In the mid-1990s, Nissan released its R390 GT1, which remains one of the most popular. The vehicle featured a 3.8L V6 engine and was built for racing purposes. With a top speed of 220 mph, it was one of the fastest of its time. In 2002 and 2009 respectively, Nissan re-launched its Z line as 350Z and 370Z cars, and in 2009, revealed its GT-R car that built a reputation for being extremely powerful. Starting at 478-horsepower, the variant can now give off 600 horsepower.

In 2015, the Nissan Juke-R 2.0 utilized the GT-R NISMO’s mechanics and became one of the more popular revamped versions of its sports model. The car became capable of powering all four wheels with its dual-clutch transmission. Over the years, the automobile giant has been known for its supreme build quality and exciting new features. Its sports line-up has always been the talk of the town for the unique styles and superior performance capabilities.

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