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Jidosha-Seizo Kabushiki-Kaisha (“Automobile Manufacturing Co., Ltd.” in English) was established on December 26, 1933, taking over all the operations for manufacturing Datsuns from the automobile division of Tobata Casting Co., Ltd., and its company name was changed to Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. on June 1, 1934. The founder was Yoshisuke Aikawa, the brilliant leader of the Nissan combine. He had grand plans to mass-produce 10,000 – 15,000 units per year, and was about to putting his plan into practice.

The first small-size Datsun passenger car rolled off the assembly line at the Yokohama Plant in April 1935, and vehicle exports to Australia were also launched that same year. Datsun cars symbolized Japan’s rapid advances in modern industrialization in those days, as evidenced by the contemporary slogan, “The Rising Sun as the flag and Datsun as the car of choice.”

Nissan has always had a good sports car or two in production to satisfy that automotive enthusiast itch. Pretty much anyone who knows anything about the world of automobiles knows about Nissan’s Z cars, SXs and GT-Rs.

Some of our favorite Nissan sports cars include:

1969-1973 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R. The original Skyline GT-Rs. First arriving in 1969, the Skyline GT-R came equipped with a 160-hp 2.0-liter six-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission. In 1973, a second generation of the Skyline GT-R would arrive powered by the same 2.0-liter six-cylinder, but only last a single year before being discontinued.

Nissan 280ZX/300ZX Turbo. The first model was the 280ZX that came with a 2.8-liter six-cylinder engine making 145 hp. In 1981, a turbocharger would be added as an option, increasing power to 180 hp. In 1983, a second-generation ZX arrived, now nissan logooffering a 3.0-liter V6 in naturally aspirated or turbocharged form. By the end of this model’s run, the turbo engine made anywhere from 200 to 227 hp depending on the market.

In 1989, the final 300ZX would enter production. A two-seat or 2+2 configuration were available as well as a 300-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. It was one of the iconic Japanese sports cars of the 1990s, a period of time in which many consider the golden age for Japan’s auto industry.

Nissan 240Z/260Z/280Z: Nissan’s Z cars have an iconic status that few other sports cars have achieved. When the 1970 240Z (Fairlady Z in Japan) came on the market, it was instantly heralded as a poor man’s Jaguar, which had a lot to do with its similar styling.

Powered by a 2.4-liter six-cylinder engine, the original Z weighed just more than 2,300 lbs and made 151 hp. In 1974, the engine was enlarged to 2.6-liters and thus the car’s name changed to 260Z. Just one year later, an even larger engine became available in the 280Z. Although the car’s weight had increased, power was now up to 170 hp.

Nissan GT-R. Nissan created a car that blew away the supercar elite. A turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine and grip that tore roads apart, the GT-R was the best pound for pound sports car fighter the world had probably ever seen. Originally making 478 hp in 2008, the GT-R can now produce upwards of 600 hp. But power is just one aspect of the GT-R’s incredible performance. The dual-clutch transmission and advanced all-wheel drive system make sure laps around the track are completed as quickly as possible.

Nissan R390 GT1. In the mid-1990s, if a manufacturer wanted to race in the top tier at the 24 hours of Le Mans, the racecar had to be based on a road going vehicle. This led to crazy one off creations like the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR, Porsche 911 GT1 and the Nissan R390 GT1.

With a 3.5-liter V8 hooked up to a sequential six-speed transmission sending power to the rear wheels, the R390 GT1 looked like a Le Mans prototype for the streets because, well, it was. Only two cars were ever built, but one is in the hands of a private owner. With a top speed of 220 mph and the ability to dispatch the quarter mile in just over 11 seconds, the R390 GT1 was one of the fastest cars of its time.

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What does the Nissan logo mean?

One of the global leaders in car manufacturing, Nissan inherited the logo from its predecessor and sister company Datsun in 1984, replacing ‘Datsun’ inscription with ‘Nissan’ one.

Ever since their emblem has consisted of a horizontal block with the company name, embedded into a circle. Several updates turned it into the emblem, recognizable around the world. The silver elegant sign is associated with Japanese quality, innovation and elegance and powers the company to success.

Nissan News, Rumors & Updates

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It’ll be Delivered in 2020 Nissan presented the GT-R50 concept to mark the 50th anniversary of Nissan’s GT-R and Italdesign. The car was well-received and Nissan decided to put it into production. We now have the first images of the car. Only 50 units will be made with a price tag of $1.1 million each. …

The 390Z Maybe? We recently reported that a Nissan executive said that there would be a Z-car replacement to the 370Z. It’s unclear what that vehicle will be, but the folks over at EVO seem to have snagged some spy shots of a testing mule from the company. It looks like a replacement to the …

A New Z Car Could Be Coming This is good news. There were rumors that Nissan wouldn’t replace the 370Z. The rumors were that it would just let the little sports car die. There were other rumors that its successor would be a crossover. Yuck. Now, however, EVO has new information that indicates there will …

Get Your Fix of the Best Supercar YouTubers Every other week, we’re rounding up the best YouTube videos out there and bringing them right to your screen. While you can scour the site and find plenty more awesome car videos, these are the ones that caught our eyes in the last couple of weeks. If …

Henry Catchpole of Carfection Takes a Closer Look The Nissan GT-R is an old car at this point. The car’s design dates back to 2007, which was 12 years ago. With a design this old, you might be thinking there’s no way that the GT-R can even compete with the new designs out there, but …

The Revised Lineup Gets Its Numbers Nissan has four wonderful trim levels of its 2020 GT-R. The vehicle comes in Premium, 50th Anniversary Edition, Track Edition, and NISMO. As the date of the U.S. debut for the car approaches, Nissan has let loose with pricing for the car.  The car will go on sale on …

Standard Honda vs. Modified Nissan At a certain point, we guess we could see getting a little bored with the regular Nissan GT-R. That’s when you’d go wild and do all sorts of modifications and create something like the Litchfield GT-R. The car offers 631 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. It can do a …

The Ultimate AWD Drag Race The website Carwow wanted to see just how the New Porsche 911 Carrera 4S stacks up against the other all-wheel-drive high-end sports cars out there. That meant the company had to stage a serious test, and that led the testers to the drag strip. The company took the new Carrera …

Editors note: We regret that we did not properly credit Stefan Kotze for the incredible photos he took of this car. These photos were taken by him, they are amazing, and we apologize for this omission. You can find more of Stefan’s work here: web / Facebook / Instagram Despite All the Wings, They Still …

It Makes It Look Easy Hitting 235 mph is no joke in any vehicle. While 235 mph might seem a lot less than the Ford GT that was clocked breaking the 300 mph mark, it’s still insanely fast. This Nissan GT-R makes it look absolutely easy, though. Just a nice leisurely drive on a sunny …

The Most Extreme Godzilla Has Ever Been Nissan came to the New York Auto Show with a reworked Nissan GT-R Nismo, and it looks better than it’s ever been. The car features a new turbocharger setup from the GT-R GT3 car. While the power figures remain the same, this new turbo setup makes the “R” …

The supercar-slaying Nissan GT-R – ‘Godzilla’ to its friends – has just been given the biggest and most transformative facelift this generation car has had. Most obvious is a new interior, with seats, dashboard and infotainment system to push it more upmarket – and into line with supercars like the Audi R8 V10 Plus and …

How fast is a fast drift? 60mph? 80mph? How about 189.5mph: that’s the new Guinness world speed record for drifting, set by this specially-developed Nissan GT-R. When it’s on full boost its 4.0-litre engine makes something approaching 1400bhp, which it drives through the rear wheels to push it very, very sideways. Will it drift? Er, …

With a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, an all-wheel drive system and three electric motors, the Honda NSX has power that could rival a Porsche 918 Spyder. Equipped with latest technologies, the Honda NSX has the capability to beat out its rivals in a different way. But how does it actually perform when pitted against its …

If you think that the McLaren 540C is no good, you really need to watch this video fast. When it comes to straight-line performances, it’s hard not to appreciate the performance of a good all-wheel drive system, especially if it is paired with lots of power that runs through a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. There are …

The newest version of the R35 Nissan GT-R takes comfort and accessibility up a notch, with a plush new interior and more tech than ever. The new Nissan GT-R has a turbocharged V6 engine with 565hp. But how does it stack up against the older R34 Skyline GT-R? The R34 Skyline GT-R with its 2.6-litre six-cylinder twin-turbo-petrol engine …

Watch the 2017 GT-R Go Head-to-Head with Porsche 911 Turbo S, Audi R8 V10 Plus and a McLaren 570S in a Drag Race If you can still remember the Nissan GTR-R35 back in 2007 who just literally destroyed every single one of its competitors, you would expect that 2017 Nissan GT-R would also do the same, right? The Nissan …

Autocar Drives the MY2017 Nissan GT-R  The supercar-slaying Nissan GT-R – ‘Godzilla’ to its friends – has just been given the biggest and most transformative facelift this generation car has had. Most obvious is a new interior, with seats, dashboard and infotainment system to push it more upmarket – and into line with supercars like the …

Onboard Nissan GT-R R35 SPEC-V Nurburgring Lap The Nissan GT-R R35 SPEC-V model includes unique body, interior and performance equipment and modifications, raising the GT-R’s unmatched performance to even higher levels. The GT-R SpecV’s new exterior features include a carbon fiber rear spoiler, a carbon fiber grille, and carbon fiber brake ducts. Performance is enhanced with …

2013 Nissan GT-R Nürburgring 7’20” Run Video   See Top 100 Nurburgring Track Times and more Nurburgring Attack Videos

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