Kyusha Kai


Close Call
January 13, 2010, 4:52 am
Filed under: JDM, Kyusha, New Cars, Rant | Tags: , , , , , ,

Have you ever had a near death experience?  Slipped but managed to get your footing before falling?  Nissan did just that in 1999.

Nissan was a sinking ship.  Many thought they would not survive past Y2k (if the nuclear missiles didn’t self-launch and destroy us all first), because of it’s staggering debt of $20 billion dollars.  Luckily, Nissan hired Carlos Ghosn, who single handedly turned Nissan into a profitable company and vowed to revive the Z after sales slid year after year.

To try and drum up interest for the next Z design, Nissan bought back 240Z’s in 1998 and restored them to sell back to the public.  Then in 1999 Nissan designed a real, albeit mechanical, Frankenstein.

Based off of the 240Z, this monstrosity, aptly named the 240Z Concept, frightened the world at the North American Auto Show.  Featuring a 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder KA24DE rated at 200hp and 180lb-ft of torque, the 240Z Concept was devolving with less power than the outgoing model and thankfully, the masses agreed and the project was axed.  If this thing were released, I don’t know what I would do.  Probably run around screaming like a chicken with it’s head cut off.

Just an awesome photo I had on my hard drive that I wanted to share with you guys.  The man himself with an R34 GT-R and his big brother, the Hako GT-R.

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“To try and drum up interest for the next Z design, Nissan bought back 240Z’s in 1998 and restored them to sell back to the public.”
have you got any more info on this? sounds interesting!

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