Jay Leno designs new 240Z


You don't need an especially sensitive setting on your PRometer to get the needle trembling at a contrived visit by Jay Leno to Nissan's design studio to talk about how a 21st century reinvention of the 240Z might look. With Nissan - sorry, Neeeee-sahn - looking forward to its forthcoming 80th anniversary a 'new' 240Z would be a nice birthday present. Getting Leno to speculate about how it might look with some over-familiar and occasionally cringeworthy banter with Nissan's design team isn't a bad way to start the ball rolling, and so it goes here.

'Design me a new 240Z in 10 minutes...'
'Design me a new 240Z in 10 minutes...'
To be fair, Leno's long perfected double-denimed, gen-u-ine car guy schtick just about carries it all off and the opportunity to share his drive in a mint, historic fleet 240Z is pretty nifty.

Though suitably appreciative of the opportunity it's not hard to fault his view that the earlier, unadorned white car is more attractive and, once he gets over the 'gee shucks' showbiz thing he gets a bit more hard-headed about what makes the Zee tick as a design. No sign of the Black Gold version of the later 280 we enjoyed as a Time For Tea? a little while back on the design wall though. Shame!

Is Nissan really working on a new-age Zee though? And if it is would it be something more potent or simply a replacement for the current 370? With the GT-R doing its supercar troubling thing and the Z's heritage as a more everyday, affordable sports car you'd have to hope for the latter but it looks like we'll find out in 2014...


Watch Leno's visit here:

 







   

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  • PZR 09 Oct 2012

    LuS1fer said:
    Thank you, the "combined anorak club". Apologies for not reading up the entire history of the car before posting. wink

    The two points I was trying to convey in a general way, before being pointlessly nitpicked was that (a) it was called the Fairlady in the US not a 240Z and (b) the European model was the better styled version IMHO.

    I appreciated that the one shown wasn't standard and even if it was faster than Bluebird, it still looks craptastic in that form.

    Mind how you dismount that high horse.
    Trouble is, you've re-confirmed both my points: The S30-series Z was only called a 'Fairlady' in its home market ( Japan ) and the car that Leno was driving and talking about was actually a factory stock showroom model, but also a homologation special - as has been pointed out. He missed the point of it, and so did you.

    And it's not a high horse, it's a lighthouse. You're standing too close to it to see the light... wink

  • NonProphetOrg 09 Oct 2012

    I thought it was a Fairlady Z in Japan, and a 240Z in the States. Also, if a new one had, for example, a 1.6 engine, shirley it would then be a 160Z.

  • LuS1fer 09 Oct 2012

    Thank you, the "combined anorak club". Apologies for not reading up the entire history of the car before posting. wink

    The two points I was trying to convey in a general way, before being pointlessly nitpicked was that (a) it was called the Fairlady in the US not a 240Z and (b) the European model was the better styled version IMHO.

    I appreciated that the one shown wasn't standard and even if it was faster than Bluebird, it still looks craptastic in that form.

    Mind how you dismount that high horse. wink

  • PZR 09 Oct 2012

    LuS1fer said:
    The American Fairlady always looked a bit awkward and those duff arches on the one above look terrible.
    What's an "American Fairlady" then?

    Looks like you have something in common with Jay Leno. You both don't know what you're looking at.

  • Twincam16 09 Oct 2012

    LuS1fer said:
    It would have helped had they used a classic european spec 240Z. The American Fairlady always looked a bit awkward and those duff arches on the one above look terrible.
    Err, that's a racing homologation-spec 240ZG. That stuff was added on to accommodate larger wheels and cut the drag coefficient, not make it prettier wink

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