The Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo was one of the most iconic sports cars of the 1990s. The Turbo Z, as it came to be known, was a fast, high-tech showcase of Nissan’s engineering prowess, and one of a handful of cars that changed the perception of Japanese sports cars for good. Nissan has made plenty of Z cars since the 300ZX’s production end in 2000, but no Turbo Zs. Until now. . . sort of.
For SEMA this year, Nissan created Project Clubsport 23, a track-ready 370Z that, like the 300ZX Twin Turbo, is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. Sadly, it’s only a one-off, though Nissan strongly suggests that many of the parts that make it up will be made available for purchase.
Project Clubsport 23’s VR30DDTT V6 comes from the Infiniti Q50 and Q60 and serves up 400 horsepower, 50 more horsepower than the naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 in the 370Z Nismo. In the Q50 and Q60 this engine is paired to a seven-speed automatic, but here, it’s bolted up to the six-speed manual that’s standard in the 370Z Nismo. This transmission presented problems for Nissan, since the Infiniti 3.0-liter twin-turbo has never been offered with a manual of any kind. Maryland Nissan shop MA Motorsports developed a new clutch disc and flywheel for the job, and Nissan worked on the programming side to make sure the engine and transmission actually worked together.