280ZX: 1979-1983

Source: Nissan Motors
In 1979, the first complete design change occurred as the car grew into more of a GT car. Renamed the 280ZX, it offered special convenience features such as power steering and electric windows plus a completely redesigned rear suspension and improved aerodynamics.The new 280ZX received universal praise from the automotive press for taking the Z concept to a new level and was named Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year. In 1980, a T-roof option became available and in 1981, a turbocharged engine was offered for the first time.

 
Engine
Valve GearSingle Overhead Cam
Horsepower140bhp @ 5,200 rpm (DIN net) in UK, 135bhp @ 5,200 rpm (SAE net) in US
Torque145lb ft @ 4,000 rpm (DIN net) in UK, 144lb ft @ 4,000 rpm (SAE net) in US
Fuel SystemElectric Fuel Pump, Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection
DriveTrain
Transmission5-speed manual, 225mm or 240mm clutch, optional 3-speed automatic
Chassis Curb weight2,650 lbs. (UK two-seater), 2,850 lbs. (UK 2+2), 2,800 lbs. (US two-seater), 2,990 lbs. (US 2+2)
Dimensions
Wheelbase91.3 in. (two-seater), 99.2 in. (2+2)
Length170.9 in. (UK two-seater), 178.7 in. (UK 2+2), 174.0 in. (US two-seater), 181.9 in. (US 2+2)

Turbo Engine
Valve GearSingle Overhead Cam
Horsepower180bhp @ 5,600 rpm (SAE net)
Torque203lb ft @ 2,800 rpm (SAE net)
Fuel SystemElectric Fuel Pump, Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection
DriveTrain
Transmission5-speed manual, 225mm or 240mm clutch, optional 3-speed automatic
Chassis Curb weight2,900 lbs.
Dimensions
Wheelbase91.3 in. (two-seater), 99.2 in. (2+2)
Length170.9 in. (UK two-seater), 178.7 in. (UK 2+2), 174.0 in. (US two-seater), 181.9 in. (US 2+2)