In honor of Nissan unwrapping its revised 2012 GT-R on Monday, we’ve parsed through the company’s archives and dug up some of our favorite Nissans from the past.
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Did You Name Yesterday’s Nissan?
The nose may bear some resemblance to Honda’s NSX, but yesterday’s mystery machine was none other than the 1987 Nissan MID 4 — the second iteration of the company’s dreams of a mid-engine sports coupe.
The original MID 4 concept, which debuted at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show, wasn’t previewing a forthcoming product. Instead, it was designed to showcase a number of Nissan’s emerging technology. The 230-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 was borrowed from the then-current 300ZX, but it was pared with a new all-wheel-drive system. Other highlights included four-wheel ABS, along with four-wheel-steering.
A second car was built that same year for the Tokyo Motor Show, but the next major hallmark came two years later. A new concept, dubbed the MID 4 Type II, was rolled out at the Tokyo show. Although it retained a number of features from the original show car, including all-wheel-drive and active four-wheel-steering, it was markedly different. The boxy body shape gave way to a sleek, rounded form, while the 3.0-liter V-6 gained a pair of turbochargers, and was mounted longitudinally.
Although the idea of a 330-horsepower, mid-engine Nissan coupe sounded promising, corporate officials ultimately decided against building a Nissan supercar. Many of the same technologies found in the MID 4 worked their way into cars like the Z, Skyline, and GT-R.