42,842 Original Miles


Manual Transmission
3.0L Twin Turbo V6
300 hp @ 6100 rpm*
283 lb/ft torque @ 3500 rpm*
Capable 0-60 MPH: 5.0 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph
*Base Price in 1990: $35,357


*Seller Asking:


Fast Facts:
  • Turbo models launched with Nissan’s new performance-oriented Super HICAS (High Capacity Actively Controlled Suspension). This was a four-wheel-steering system that could increase or decrease the steering angle of the rear wheels (by 1 degree) based on the speed and steering angle of the front wheels. This improved the Z’s stability at high speeds
  • Nissan designed the five spoke wheels to channel air toward the brakes at speed, helping to keep them cool. This means the wheels have to stay mounted on one particular side of the vehicle (or else they won’t cool)
  • Enthusiasts crave the lighter “slicktop” model, which had a standard roof instead of the T-tops (which were prone to wind noise and water leakage). However, the slicktop was only available on the base model, not the Turbo
  • The front end was designed using the Cray-2 super computer, as well as computer-aided flow visualization (the first for a high volume production car). This allowed Nissan to optimize air penetration, engine cooling, and ground clearance. As a result, The Z’s drag coefficient (0.31) was superior to that of the Porsche 944 or even the wedge shaped C4 Corvette (two of its big competitors)
  • Nissan used a new optical technology to create headlights with a 60 degree rake in the lens, allowing them to integrate effortlessly with the angled front end. It garnered a lot of attention, as this was a time when headlight technology was still overlooked and ignored (think pop-up headlights)
  • In fact, these headlights caught the attention of Lamborghini, who was looking to forgo the pop-up headlights of their aging Diablo for a more modern look. However, since Lamborghini already began development of the Diablo’s replacement (the Murcielago), they weren’t really motivated to develop an all-new headlight for the Diablo. Lamborghini realized that the 300zx headlight had a rake angle very similar to that of the Diablo’s front end … so they decided to use it (under license)
  • To hide the obvious, Lamborghini cleverly added a carbon fiber trim piece across the top of the headlight, which covered up the NISSAN logo
Key Model Year Changes:
  • First year of the 4th generation Z (code name Z32)
  • The following year (1991) featured a small Nissan emblem between the headlights. Also, automatic climate control is made standard, replacing the manual version. The Bose stereo head unit is upgraded, and a driver’s airbag is now optional. Brake master cylinder was updated in Feb 1991
  • Also in 1991, a CD player becomes available for the Turbo model (previously only available on the N/A model). The air conditioner evaporator valve changed from aluminum to steel for reduced noise, and the keyhole on driver’s door and interior light illuminates when the driver’s door handle is pulled
  • The “slicktop” roof model became available mid-1991. The convertible came in 1993
  • Driver’s airbag becomes standard in 1992, officially replacing the simple (and desirable) 3 spoke steering wheel of earlier cars with a bulkier, airbag-filled one
  • With exception to the HICAS system and ECU (both updated in ’94), no mechanical changes occurred until 1996, when the switch was made to OBD2 (reducing power to 280hp)


Seller Notes:
  • One owner – bought brand new in 1990
  • Garaged and only driven in nice weather
  • Leather seats. T top
  • One of the Bose speakers is not working
  • Well maintained. Service records are available

  • Location: Dayton, Ohio – (more photos below)
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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output.
*Performance numbers pulled from either the factory brochure or reputable automotive road tests.
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