ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Nissan Datsun Z Cars History 1969-2017 Part V (300ZX 89-96)

Updated on May 26, 2016

In 1989 the fourth generation Z was unveiled to the world, it was the 300ZX. The new 300ZX was a complete redesigned, very little was carried over from the previous model. To say the car was ahead of its time would be an understatement. For the first time in Z history, computer aided design ( AUTOCAD ) was used to design a Z car. The car looked like it came from thirty years in future with its long rounded edges and sharp curves. Looking at the 300ZX from the front you can tell it was wider with a more aggressive stance. The headlights can be considered the most striking feature of the car, they are almost trapezoidal, very exotic looking, so much so that they were used on the 1999 + Lamborghini Diablo's. In the center of the headlights are a projector type of lenses that was very modern looking at the time. Also, in later JDM models of 300ZX HID Xenon headlights were offered as an option. Large glass T-Tops were almost standard on the New Z, The "Slick Tops" were rare because few were produced. On the Twin Turbo models the most notable exterior features were the front fascia and the spoiler on the hatch. The Twin Turbo fascia had wider opening to provide more airflow to aid in cooling the turbo's.

If you think the exterior is amazing, the interior is three times more impressive. Taking up 95 percent of the engine bay was a 3.0 litter engine with a double head cam and optional twin turbos was the one of the most advanced and powerful of its time. Standard on Non Aspirated 300ZXs was a 3.0-liter V6 producing 222 horse power and 198 lb-ft of torque. On the Twin Turbo was a modified version of the same engine with intercoolers a Garrett turbo for each cylinder bank, that produced 300 horse power and 280 lb-ft of torque. The offered transmissions were either a standard 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic. All this power was feed to the limited-slip differential which equally transferred the torque to the rear wheels. The zero to sixty times were 7 seconds on the N/A and 5 seconds on the Twin models. The Twin Turbo model had a selectable suspension and a 4 wheeled steering system called the Super High Capacity Steering. The Super HICAS was the hydraulically controlled on the 1989-1993 model then was upgraded to electronically actuated on the 1994 and later models. This 4 wheeled steering system greatly improved the handling of this powerful car on the curvy roads but limited performance on the track and limited your wheel offset in the rear.

Standing the test of time the 300ZX is still a relevant car today. Many feel that the car was over engineered and that so much potential was hidden by the OEM equipment. On the internet there are many sites that provide OEM and aftermarket parts that help address this by providing HICAS delete kits, Larger turbo's, EGR delete plates, Intake Manifold Mods, body kits, aftermarket wheels and other parts. The 300ZX holds a land speed record, JUN Auto and Blitz created a 300ZX that reached 260.932 mph at the Bonneville Speedway.

One of the popular racing legends at the time was Steve Millen. Steve raced in the GTO/GTS classes for Clayton Cunningham Racing in the International Motor Sports Association(IMSA). His race modified 300ZX dominated the race track winning numerous awards and championships. Steve Millens 800HP 300ZX won his class in Lemans, Sebring, Daytona and other races. His success was almost unstoppable, many of his completion complained about his car and tried restrict him by complaining to the officials not allowing the use of Turbos. The 300ZX was more reliable and faster than the other cars due to its engineering. Steve and Cunningham Racing won races despite the rule changes. Sadly, on April 30th of 1995, his racing career ended, Steve was clipped by Ferrari at 175MPH hitting the wall, while he was trying to pull into the pits. His injuries left him with a broken neck, which took a few months to recover from. Once recovered he finished the season, then retired from racing.

There are many resources for your 300ZX below are a few places you can go for parts and technical knowledge.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)