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Nissan Datsun MZR 240Z Sport Edition

Datsun MZR 240Z Sport Edition

REVIEW

The Datsun 240Z was launched in 1970 as Japan’s answer to European sports cars like the MGB GT, BMW CS and Porsche 911, but never really achieved the sales success of those rivals. Since then it has had somewhat of a renaissance in popularlity and people have rediscovered the playful handling, classic long bonnet coupe looks and Japanese reliability. But as is the way these days, a near-50yr old car will always have issues, which is where Bradford, UK-based MZR Roadsports come in. MZR have been specialising in 240Z’s for years and have now decided to offer some turn-key models that offer the best of the 70’s, brought bang up to date with modern production and technology. So each 240Z they recreate gets a fully strengthened and refinished body and chassis, a fresh paint job, underbody sealing etc making it better than new. Then the mechanical parts get uprated such as a reworked 2.4 litre engine with Jenvey throttle bodies (with more powerful bored out 2.9 or 3.1 engines optional) linked to a modern 6-spd manual gearbox, all controlled by ECU for reliability. The cooling system is upgraded too, so no overheating worries, while there are also improvements to the suspension, steering, brakes, wheels and exhaust. This Sport Edition model really does feel like a new car, and there are plenty of options you can specify as well to make it even more usable in the modern era such as push button starting, keyless entry, central locking and even DAB radio. This MZR 240Z really does give you the best of old and new mixed together in a beautiful 70’s style.

Stats

Engine / CylsInline 6 Power180bhp
Displacement2.4ltr Torque220 Nm
Engine PositionFront Top Speed130mph
DrivetrainRWD CO2n/a g/km
MPG25 mpg Retail Price£89,995
0-62mph7.5secs Cash Alternative£72,000

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