I've been around long enough to remember how new and cool the new 240s were when they first came out. And later how really cool the 280ZXs were whey THEY first came out. Never cared much for the 300s, but that's just me. Of course, I was also around when Crosby, Stills and Nash first got together and made that great music. Now you go to one of their concerts (at a state fair) and it's a bunch of old, fat bald guys singing.
The new Zs aren't old, fat and bald - quite the contrary - but my point is that in today's world, the Z is a whole different animal. Back then it filled a market niche that no one except Mr. K realized was there - a good looking, powerful, easy to maintain, "sports" car that was worlds more dependable than, say, an MG. And as I remember, it acquitted itself pretty good against the competition of the day - MG, Triumph, Porsche, Fiat - maybe not top of the heap, but cheap and affordable. I'm getting a bit fuzzy these days, but I don't remember any head-to-head comparos with Corvettes back then.
The only remaining "pro" of the modern Z seems to be its 'affordability'. And now the only niche it seems to fit in is WITH the 'super' sports cars of the day - including the Vette. Doesn't seem right. As Mr. K himself noted in an interview at near 100 years old (https://blog.caranddriver.com/yutaka...z-dead-at-105/
), I'd rather drive a Miata these days because it's closer to what the original Z was.
I would personally like to see ANY of the carmakers go brutally retro on any model - that is to say, give us a car that has minimal electronics - no back up cameras, no electronic suspension, no heads-up displays, no touchscreen, heated seats, bluetooth, LED, blah blah blah. As totally basic as you can get. I know carburetors are never coming back but I'm thinking more like the early 280s - just basic fuel injection and electronic ignition and, okay, power steering and brakes. Make it pretty and keep it light, but don't go crazy. And make it TRULY affordable. The Z would be a perfect candidate for this. Market it toward the young 'purist' driver (or us old farts who want to remember being that way) who really enjoyed the elemental thrill of those early cars . . . and maybe you'll re-find the same new-old niche for the Z.