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I would go with the exact same design, but with more contemporary conponents where it wouldn't bump the price up too high (keeping with the original 'low cost'), lighter materials to get the weight down to about 1900 Lbs., everything metal galvanized, and a nice whiney 2.8L V10 or V12 ( for 280Z) using an updated version of the Bosch L-Jetronic sytem. And Hopefully not too much in terms of emmisions on the engine.

Carl's pictures are interesting.

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A car that was unmistakenly visually derived from the 240Z, not identical, but unmistakenly 240Z in its lineage-updated with all that we have learned in 30 years of what causes wind noise, front end lift, wiring issues, chassis stiffening, handling, breaking, making power and torque. All of the technology of the 350Z, but none of the ugly!

The 240Z I am building, but infused with more current technology, and obviously the budget of a concept car to be made for mass production.

Will

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Carl, the blue car looks like a hard top version of a Shelby AC Cobra, which is one of my favorite all time body styles.

My vision of a modern Z: Keep the 350Z and introduce a lower cost 240Z. Low weight like Tomohawk said and all the stiffness of modern technology can give in an aluminum and composite body formed like the lotus Elise (there goes the low cost). It would have a 225 HP high revving 2.4 litre inline 6 with modern management and fuel injection, 6 speed trans with a wonderful feel and a low ratio LSD diff, slotted disc brakes on all four corners with 4 piston calapers.

It would look like a retro 240z with flush mounted glass, fender flares (blended not ZG), long aggresive hood with a large front opening and muscular air dam, the rear would have an intigrated spoiler just big enough to be usefull but still kinda small. The wheels would be 0 or even - offset 17"x8.5" with 245/40/17's maby in a Watanbe style or something retro, there would be room to run 16"x10" with 275/45/16 Hoosier tires for the autocross in St Prepared and 16"x9" with 245/45/16 for the stock class with out body/suspension mods. The suspension would have adjustments for camber, caster and toe and adjustable shocks, and have optional spring rates too chose from.

The engine block would be magnesium, the head, trans case would be aluminum. The weight balance would be 45/55 with a rear bias and the side to side would be 50/50.

The interior would be very much like the original in its layout but the seats wold be Sparco or Momo like and the steering wheel too. No frills gadgetry though, roll up windows, A/C and stero optional, very little sound deadning, ect.

The best part is Nissan understands our desire to have the original Z but have modern upgrades so all the good parts on the car would bolt in the old Z's. This car would be autocross ready from the factory with optional light weight forged wheel just for the track and it would cost 22K or less without any options.

AND OF COURSE IT WOULD BE OFFERED IN 920 GOLD AT NO EXTRA COST!

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Personly I do not believe it would be best to be a slave to the original. Not to mention it would be impossible since you have to have modern bumpers, crash zones, etc etc. But we do need to capture the spirit and style of the car. Also part of the new design could take some of the best from other classic sports cars of the same basic shape. See example photos:

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Nissan experemented with a retro style that was just plain ugly...Too many compromises.

I thought that they should look to the current Aston Martin / Jaguar for styling, not unlike the original car. A sleek supercar that is affordable.

The current 350Z is to clunky and fat looking. I prefer the G-35 to the 350Z...

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I have always been partial to the original 'new Z' concept car. It was a design exercise that preceded the 350Z. It had the 240 quarter-windows and a very close approximation of the 'sugar-scoop' headlight buckets. The drawback was, they could only fit a 4 cylinder in it.

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I have grown to love the 350z's styling and looks (especially in black :)) But that huge @ss has got to go! The 350z just doesn't have the "badass" look. Sure its sleek and sexy but it is not intimidating. ^^^Pic above looks totally badassery. Definition of Z=Badass.

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OK, I pulled this from my old Motor Trend Magazine, and this is exactly what the 350Z should have looked like, abosolutely gorgeous!

The picture above to me is to Honda/Mazda, I'm not fond, it looses the true Z lines.

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The new Z needs to be powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like a Nerf ball... Ron's got the idea! I saw a DB9 on the road the other day... the first thought that came to my head was, "that's what the 350Z should have looked like." And the air horn should play "la cucuracha"

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i believe that this was the one you were talking about:

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This gold design is great . The cars that I think that Nissan should have looked at is the Honda 2000 and or the Jajuar Roadster but in a G T . I prefer the inline 6 to the v-6 but I could live with the v if it put out more HP , 300 to the ground . Then we would have something. Gary P.S. Having been around the 350Z for a couple of years now , and I still think it is a big mistake and ugly and a dissapointment in stileing . The price point is good and the power lacking . Nissan puts more power in there pickup and sedan. :stupid: :stupid:

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This gold design is great . The cars that I think that Nissan should have looked at is the Honda 2000 and or the Jajuar Roadster but in a G T . I prefer the inline 6 to the v-6 but I could live with the v if it put out more HP , 300 to the ground . Then we would have something. Gary

must agree with you here, gary, the inline-6 is just a beautiful beast.... ahh.... the sound.....

also, i have often felt the same about the aston martin... very new but very classic.

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How about just the way it is, Beautiful. Most of the 350 Z's sold and seen around are the base models with the cheap 17in "hubcap" looking wheels. Thats what makes the car look fat and ugly. The pictures that I have attached shows that with some proper wheels and a nice drop, its actually very sleek and Z like. Just my opinion.

Saro Fagerian

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