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Datsun 280 ZX Turbo


Datsun 280 ZX Turbo

While the original 1969 240Z was simple and effective, Datsun tried to make it more refined in later years. It gained weight which meant it wasn't quite as nimble and lost power. Physically it felt bigger too, but throughout the Z and ZX's history, all models offered much scope for tuning. This particular car was put together in Essex, UK, and starting with a 1979 model the owner has increased the Intercooled turbocharger's boost and re-mapped the fuelling and timing for a power increase which allows 14.0 sec quarter-mile times. It uses adjustable shocks, motorsport springs, urethane bushes, uprated anti-roll bars and 9-inch/l 1-inch (229/279mm) alloys to maximize cornering potential, plus four-piston callipers on larger vented discs up front to increase braking power. Externally it features the IMSA arches from the ZX-R homologation special, only available in the USA.

Datsun 280 ZX Turbo Specifications

Top speed:144 mph (230 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):6.0 sec
Engine type:In-line six
Displacement:168 ci (2,753 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:260 bhp (194 kW) @ 5,800 rpm
Max torque:295 lb ft (399 Nm) @ 3,000 rpm
Weight:2,850 lb (1,295 kg)
Economy:20 mpg (7.1 km/I)
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