The fourth generation Nissan 300zx hit the U.S. market in 1990! Since its nationwide drop, car enthusiasts have been fascinated by this wondrous machine. Not only has it gained the attention of sport car drivers all over the world, but it has also garnished more awards than most cars have ever dreamed of seeing. In fact, speaking of cars dreaming…the 300ZX should definitely have been featured in The Fast and The Furious Series, as the fastest car.
Topping out at 280 mph, the 300ZX holds the land speed record, awarded at the 1991 Bonneville Speed Trial. Imagine…that was without serious modifications! The Z32 could reach 60 mph, easily in just under 6 seconds! The Fairlady Z easily made the Chevy Corvette, Mitsubishi 3000GT, Mazda RX-7, Dodge Viper, Toyota Supra and Porsche 968 shutter in fear at the thought of racing against it. But racing awards are not the only titles that the 300ZX holds under its hood.
In 1990, the first year of the fourth generation, Motor Trend named the 300ZX “The Import Car of the Year” and “One of the Top Ten Performance Cars”. Further, the Z32 was placed on Automobile Magazine’s “All-Star” list, and honored with “Design of the Year” by the same forum. That same year, Road & Track and Car and Driver called the 300ZX “One of the Ten Best Cars in the World”.
You are probably reading this thinking….whatever. Many cars gain these distinctions in their first year, and then quickly lose their popularity and fan base. While this is true for many vehicles, it did not, nor does it now, apply to the Fairlady Z.
For seven straight years, from 1990-1996, Car and Driver awarded the 300ZX “One of the Ten Best Cars”, and for five years, from 1990-1994, it was on Automobile Magazine’s “All-Star” list! The reputation of the Z32 is virtually unheard-of!
Even after Nissan stopped importing the Fairlady Z to the United States, it continued to win awards. Automobile Magazine named it one of the coolest cars of all time in 2004, and in 2006, gave it the distinction of being included in lists like, “20 of the Greatest Cars of the Past 20 Years”, and “25 Most Beautiful Cars in History”.
The question remains, will the 300ZX continue to win awards? The answer is a resounding, YES! People are modifying and accessorizing the Z32, so that it will continue to be faster, sleeker and more appealing. Modified suspensions, air intakes and brake kits [http://modified300zx.com/index.php?cPath=4_85] all contribute to the ZX continuing to excel at races and drifting challenges.
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