Back in 1985, as the one of three biggest car manufacturers in Japan, Nissan was suffering from the commercial crisis like its near rivals Toyota and Honda. They all try to seeking a better market in United States, but unlike the other two, Nissan doesn’t have a premium brand to held it place to compete with BMW or Audi and other European-based luxury cars not even Acura and Lexus.
So, at that time Nissan thought they have to do something about it, then they came up with a so called top-secret task force. The mission was simple: to create a new performance luxury brand and invade the U.S. market.
As a result, in 1989 the first market on sale model Q45 was born.
It has a chunky V-shaped engine of 8 cylinders and 276 horses living beneath the bonnet, in that period it’s an rather powerful performance saloon actually. Nissan claimed it will do 0-62MPH in 6.7 seconds and top speed of nobody know.
Basically, if you compare with its rivals like Lexus LS, Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ, Lincoln Town Car, Chrysler LHS, and Cadillac Fleetwood, it has Viscous limited-slip differential (VLSD), multi-link suspension and four wheel steering, all of these features having been a premiere for automobiles in its class.
Publication aim at: Autocar magazine