The 370Z Roadster is still fast, fun and cozy comfy for two. But there are others that do it better and have a bit more room without feeling it, blogs Dan Scanlan. Yutaka Katayama, best remembered by media as consummate enthusiast, Mr. K, may not have been thinking “topless” when he birthed the original 240Z in 1970. But Nissan was when it revived the Z in 2002. It was a real convertible version of the iconic two-seat sports car - smaller and lighter than the last generation and not saddled...Read More
’15 NISSAN 370Z: BUTTON-DOWN SPORTS CAR!
Dan Scanlan road tests the 370Z NISMO and delivers the good news…and bad! It was a good news/bad news kind of test. First, I got a ‘15 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe the same day that they released info on the new NISMO Roadster Concept before its debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The radical roadster is no surprise since the current iteration of the iconic Z dates back to 2009, and the test coupe looked and drove like the roadster will if it’s made. The bad news? Yutaka “Mr. K” Katayama, once he...Read More
NISSAN ZEOD RC ELECTRIC RACER: FUTURE SHOCK!
Zero Emissions On Demand Le Mans racecar unveiled today at Nismo headquarters in Japan. After an intense eight months of development, design and construction, Nissan’s revolutionary Nissan ZEOD RC electric racecar was unveiled today at Nismo HQ in Yokohama. The Zero Emissions on Demand racer has gone from zero to ZEOD in a mere 33 weeks after Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn in February announced Nissan’s goal of returning to the Le Mans 24 Hours next year with electric power. Th...Read More
NISSAN FIGARO: BACK TO THE FUTURE!
Retro City Car started out as a Concept in 1989 and went into limited production in 1991. Today it’s a rare collectible. Shoji Takahashi, after winning a design competition, got the nod from Nissan to design a retro-style convertible City Car based on the Nissan K10 Micra (March) platform. Dubbed Figaro, it debuted at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show under a sign, "Back To The Future." The Figaro convertible was built by the Nissan Special Projects Group (Pike Factory) in just four colors: Topaz Mi...Read More