Nissan is generally recognized as one of the world’s fastest growing full-line automotive brands. Nissan is widely reputed for building Japanese quality, reliable vehicles with great value, good performance, and modern styling. Nissan’s GT-Rs, SXs, and Z cars are some of the good sport car models virtually anyone who knows anything about the world of automobiles should know about. For some decades now, This Japanese brand has been in the business of making great performance and family cars. But here is a list of top 10 best Nissan models of all time.
In 2002, the Nissan Z resurfaced after a brief hiatus, but this time, it came as a rebranded 250Z model. The two-seat sports car was re-designed with a 287-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine and a sexy, modern styling. The next generation of modern Z cars – 370z – were not released until 2009 with a 3.7-liter V6 making 332 hp. But this time, they were made lighter and smaller than the 350Z.
Nissan Silvia Spec R Aero
Like other Silvias at the time, the wondrous Spec-R may have employed similar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produced 250 hp. Also known as the 240SX, the company saved its best special edition for last when it released the final version of the Silvia with newly installed components. An aero package that included a massive rear wing was made available with upgraded brakes, six-speed manual, four-wheel steering and a reinforced body and chassis structures.
As nutty as a car concept can get, the subcompact crossover came on board to become an amazing supercar killer. No doubt, this one was actually built. Thanks to the GT-R’s mechanics installed beneath this oddball Nissan Juke crossover .Through a dual-clutch transmission, its 3.8-liter turbocharged V6 making 545-hp powered all 4 wheels.
1969-1973 Skyline 2000GT-R
These are the first Skyline GT-Rs. Although they never lasted that long before being discontinued, they should be complimented for starting it all. They would not only make the GT-R and Skyline automotive icons, they would also set forth decades of incredible sports cars manufactured by Nissan. The Skyline GT-R arrived very handy with a five-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produced 160 hp when it first arrived in 1969. A second generation of Skyline GT-R with the same configuration later arrived in 1973.
Nissan 280ZX/300ZX Turbo
This car made waves during the golden age of the Japanese auto industry. In 1978, the original Z cars were faced out, paving way for the Nissan ZX cars. The 280ZX was the first model to be introduced. Its 2.8-liter six-cylinder engine produced 145 hp. However, it later increased to 180 hp when a turbocharger powering option was included in 1981. A second-generation ZX did not arrive until 1983. This came with a 200 to 227-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine.
Nissan Stagea Autech 260RS
The grocery-getting wagon was designed with the mechanics of the Skyline GT-R while sharing a similar design with the Juke-R of the 90s. However, the conversion of the Stagea Autech 260RS was a lot more affordable and more seamless than the Juke-R Frankenstiening. While producing a highly underrated 276 hp, the legendary 2.6-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine was fit into the top-of-the-line Stagea, just like the R33 Skyline GT-R.
Only a handful of other sports cars can match up with the achievements of Nissan’s Z cars. The original Z made 151 hp, weighed just more than 2,300 lbs and was powered by a 2.4-liter six-cylinder engine. The car shared similar styling with the Jaguar and was instantly heralded as a poor man’s Jaguar when it first came on the market. By 1975, significant improvements were made on the car with an increased weight and a larger engine as portrayed by the 280Z.
The Nissan performance hierarchy was left void after the discontinuation of the Skyline GT-R, but Nissan would build a purposeful, no-nonsense sports car to fill the void. This was nothing else than the GT-R. Even more power, far pricier competition products were unable to withstand this turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine powered model. When it comes to power, the latest GT-R can produce more than 600 hp within the fastest NISMO form. But this is one part of its incredible performance.
Nissan Skyline GT-R R32-R34
Over its 14 year run, the underrated GT-R continued to hint that power was really increasing with an increased torque that also adhered to the self-imposing horsepower limit of 276 ponies. All versions of the Skyline GT-R featured a turbocharged 2.6-liter six-cylinder engine but for a few one-off specials like the 400R. No doubt, it was the R34, R33, and R32Skyline GT-Rs that paved way for the modern GT-R. These were the 3 models of Skyline GT-Rs that made sales from the late 80s to 2002.
Nissan R390 GT1
The Nissan R390 GT1 was a Le Mans prototype for the streets. It was one of the craziest creations that surfaced in the mid-1990s – an era when race cars were based on road going vehicles to race in the top tier at the 24 hours of Le Mans. Amazingly, it became the fastest car of its time. The R390 GT1 is capable of dispatching the quarter mile in just over 11 seconds at a top speed of 220 mph. While one is in the hands of a private owner, only 2 of this car were ever built. [td_smart_list_end]