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With a larger, more powerful engine, the 280Z offered L-Jetronic fuel injection and, for the first time, a 5-speed transmission. Perhaps the most appealing first-generation model, the 280Z sold almost 70,000 units in 1977 alone.

THE 280Z FIRST INTRODUCED A 5-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION IN 1977. THE CLOSE GEAR RATIOS ALLOWED DRIVERS TO FULLY BENEFIT FROM THE LARGER ENGINE'S POWER AND TORQUE.





BEFORE THE 280Z, FEW HAD EVER HEARD OF ELECTRONIC FUEL INJECTION. AT THE TIME, MANY EUROPEAN MANUFACTURERS RENOWNED FOR THEIR ENGINEERING STILL RELIED ON MECHANICAL SYSTEMS. BUT NISSAN COLLABORATED WITH BOSCH TO DEVELOP A REVOLUTIONARY COMPUTER-CONTROLLED FUEL&#45INJECTION SYSTEM. THIS SYSTEM YIELDED HIGHER FUEL ECONOMY, MORE HORSEPOWER AND ENCHANCED DRIVEABILITY. AS A RESULT OF THIS TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGH, NISSAN WAS ABLE TO LAUNCH THE Z INTO A WHOLE NEW ERA OF SOPHISTICATION AND QUALITY.




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