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 market 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:
The turbo oil line insulation is updated for improved heat dissipation
Brake caliper material is now iron instead of aluminum to help reduce warpage and brake shimmy
Premium Bose stereo is now standard
AIV system (exhaust air injection) completely eliminated
The following year (1994) saw a passenger airbag, as well as an updated SuperHICAS system (now electronically controlled vs power steering actuated)
1995 Turbo models received ethanol friendly injectors, and the engine management system is upgraded from 8-bit to 16-bit. Also, the black strip along the front bumper is now body color
1996 models make the switch to OBD2, which involves completely new camshaft profiles. Power is reduced to 280hp
1996 is the final year of the 4th generation Z (code name Z32)
*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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