• Aug 20th 2008 at 6:28PM
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Nissan's plans for an affordable, rear-wheel-drive coupe to slot in below the current Z have been rumored for years and we've been informed that internal politics have killed off at least one revival of an iconic Datsun. If work ever gets underway on another budget coupe, Nissan should seriously pursue Polish designer Iacoski and his interpretation of a 240Z/Fairlady revival.

Aft of the a-pillar, Iacoski's inspiration is clearly apparent, blending the old 240's slopping roofline and short rear overhangs with the muscular haunches and angled fender flares of the current 350Z. Up front, the Photoshop wizard retained the old Fairlady's elongated hood and power bulge, and matched them with a front air dam, bumper and headlamp arrangement influenced by the second GTR Proto concept.

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[Source: Digimods via NihonCar]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      This may sound surprising, but I'm not all that impressed. Instead of sticking a version of the GT-R's blunted snout on this thing, he should've gone with a longer more elegant nose mimicking the original Z car... the long hood & headlights already lend themselves to it. Then it'd have been truly sweet.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree. The squared off lines and semi GTR styling seems forced. The hood looks undeniably 240 which is great but the front end lacks any angles but 90 degrees and that goes against everything 240.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed... With all the retro cars out there, what the hell is wrong with doing a proper 240Z? Sure the 240Z would make the 350Z look like A$$... but Nissan can figure out that issue!!! :) :)

        My Dad had a '71 Datsun 240Z & except for the rust that eventually killed it... it was a sweet car. a "new" 240Z based on the original would absolutely work. Ford proved it with the late 60s GT40 Design

        Great design is TIMELESS!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      That looks freakin' awesome!! I'd buy one in a heartbeat!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't quite tell how I feel about this design. It's too 350z/GTR to do well, it would end up cannabalizing those cars popularity, and maybe even in ownership if the price was right and it put down enough power. Who'd buy the 300HP 350z if they could have a 260HP version of this for 3/4 the price?

      Either way, ditch the slammed on 22's.. this ain't Hot Import Nights.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow I like, nicely brings back the early Z car look! Too bad it will not look like this at all....

      Problem with this car is the hood proportions are out of whack to what we have already seen.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "You're hired!"

      Love the mix of GT-R fascia and retro greenhouse and beltline. Clean up the RB25 straight-six's emissions and bolt in a six-speed and it's a classic!

      Note to Nissan: NO DCT! Except as an option, one that comes with exterior "PRNDL" shame stickers ;-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it! 6-Speed manual with a ~2.4 Liter 4-banger would be amazing! Especially for a first car, performance, cheapness, and (probably) pretty light on gas
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks like a meatier S2000. Looks good.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Heavenly!!! GIMME GIMME GIMME!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's not doing much for me. It'd help to see more angles but from these it looks like a boxy 350z with a gtr-ish front end.

      Rather have an original datsun 240z...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I know I'm just an echo here, but lightweight RWD coupe for Mustang money... I'm so, so, so in. Would def prefer a revvy turbo four to the I-6. Leave that for the 350Z!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why are the side walls on the rears larger than the side walls on the fronts? Reversed staggered or design oversight?
      • 7 Years Ago
      yuk, its fine as a design study, but as a production car it doesnt work
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