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On the cover of the February 99 issue of Automobile is a picture of Nissan's concept car that would be the Nissan 240Z.

Hot **** what a slick design, thoroughly modern yet unmistakably a Z. The cover picture is a front 3/4 high angle, but the profile looks like it would fit a 240 pretty **** close. The raised portion of the Z's hood that extends towards the front is still there, although not as pronounced and doesn't extend as far towards the front. The headlights are definitely a nice modern touch that keep true to the 240's, but I'm not sure of the back. Thank god the didn't screw it up like Mitsubishi did with the newer Eclipse, the back is low, and they opted for circular tail lights. Overall a nice design.

The mechanicals for the car haven't been finalized, but it will be built upon the 240SX chassis. They talked about using the Skyline platform, but it's to big & costly for their $25,000 target range. They haven't decided on an engine eaither, saying maybe a four cylinder high output. What blasphemy, if they dare make a newer Z it had better have a 6 cylinder dammit! They did mention a 3.0 liter V-6, I would assume a tuned version that's currently in the Maxima, and I think was in the 300ZX. That would be sweet.
Nissan is an engine company, so I think they will not disappoint the enthusiasts.

I love this new car, if I could I'de go to a Nissan dealership and put a deposit on it today. But alas there is no projected production date. i would assume if they got their **** together it could be a 2001 model release, plenty of time to save up some money.

I was curious if anyone else read this article and what they thought of it. Nissan is floundering and they desperately need something to resurrect their reputation as a sports car company, and I think this could do the job.

I can't wait to see it parked in my garage next to my 260 (gee, which Z shall I take today?)

Build it, I say.
 

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the skline platform currently sells for around 22 000 in japan (with the current exchange as stated in Sport Compact Car) while i do believe this would be a nice platform to see the car built on, it's probably not going to happen, maily because there is no provision for converting it to left-hand drive. the only other platforms that i could see this car built on would be the Infiniti I 30 or the 240SX. the Infinti would be the more likely choice with a V-6, at least the more favorable by me.

i certainly do like the lines of this car, but the s2000 does sound fairly nice, boasting the 240 hp out of a 4 cylinder..... however in an article i read today in Motor Trend, Nissan was saying that they are going to try to reprove them selves as the performance leader.... with the lack of the Supra and rx-7 nissan could very easliy do this if they could introduce a cheap and sporty car, much like the original Z

i say go with a tuned version of the I30 if it comes to it. the 240 if necessary.
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I haven't had a chance to get to my local book store yet so, I have a question or two.
Is this going to be a rear wheel drive car. If it's not it won't be worth a dime to me.
And does anyone really think that this will make it to our shores for the target price of 25,000 or will it be like other sports cars that promise low cost but after the car maker put it out in the shows and get feed back they raise the price another 5 to 10 g's.
 
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