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10 Nissan Models That Need A Reboot

Nissan has fallen by the wayside in recent years, but fans of the Japanese car maker should hope these models get a reboot to improve the company.

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Unfortunately, many of these cars that people all know and love have been discontinued, or have evolved into vague reincarnations of their former selves. This is a look back at some of Nissan's popular models that are overdue for a reboot.

10 Nissan R390

The 1998 Nissan R390 would look right at home lined up against modern-day supercars. It has the power and handling to keep up with them, too. This car may look unfamiliar to you because as far as the consumer market is concerned, there was only one ever made.

The lucky owner of this car is none other than Nissan themselves, housing it at their headquarters in Japan. Nissan really only produced this car to meet the criteria to enter it into the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, boasting a 550 horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine and weighing a paltry 2200lbs. It might be time for Nissan to dip their toes back into the supercar pool.

9 Nissan Sentra SE-R

The words "Nissan Sentra" don't typically inspire thoughts of sports cars or spirited driving. This fuel-sipping commuter car developed a cult-like following after Nissan's performance division Nismo got their hands on it.

The 2004 SE-R Spec V is equipped with a sporty interior, Brembo brakes all around, and a whole host of Nismo upgrades to the handling, as well as the car's engine and exhaust. With the popularity of high-performance sedans such as Subaru's STI holding steady, Nissan might be due to revisit their Sentra SE-R.

8 Nissan Juke-R

The ugly duckling of the list, the 2013 Nissan Juke-R. Many rumors of this Frankenstein-Esque hot hatch's beginnings have been floating around. Some say that Nissan never actually gave this project the green light before the engineers at their UK plant began stuffing a Nissan R35 GT-R driveline into this unique car.

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The result is a 545hp all-wheel-drive Juke with some aggressive styling and carbon fiber accents. Only 23 of these monsters were ever produced. With the likes of the Honda Civic Type-R, the Volkwagen Golf-R, and the Mini Cooper works, maybe Nissan should take note that hot hatches never go out of style.

7 Nissan Stagea

The Nissan Stagea was a Japanese-market-only high-performance station wagon. These wagons are often mistaken for a Nissan Skyline wagon and for good reason because, well, they basically were. Originally based on the R33 Skyline and with styling cues from the R34, the Stagea lasted for an 11-year production run.

The Stagea possessed many of the attributes that made the Skyline iconic. The top trim model used the same high-performance RB26DETT engine as the Skyline, as well as its proprietary HICAS 4-wheel steering system.

6 Datsun Roadster

The Datsun Roadster is often referred to as the "Datsun Sports". Though it technically made its debut in 1959, the more powerful iteration didn't make an appearance until 1967. With more power came more popularity, and with its relatively low price tag, these Roadsters were flying off the shelves.

Although many say the styling of the Roadster is derivative of the MGB, the Datsun was actually the first to hit the market. High-revving, nimble sports cars are always a riot to drive and would make the Roadster a welcome addition to Nissan's current lineup.

5 Nissan Pulsar GTi-R

At first glance, the 1990 Nissan Pulsar GTi-R might not look like much, but it got the nickname "Baby Godzilla" for a reason. This unassuming hatch is powered by the wildly popular SR20DET inline 4-cylinder engine found in many of Nissan's popular sports cars.

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Pushing nearly 230hp through an all-wheel-drive drivetrain in a lightweight package is a recipe for a good time. Only a small number of these cars were produced, and they were only made available to consumers to meet the criteria for Nissan to enter into World Rallycross.

4 Nissan D21 Hardbody

The Nissan Hardbody was the immensely popular successor to the Datun 720 pickup truck. The Hardbody name originates from its boxy styling and its double-walled bed. Marketed as the Datsun D21 through its early production years, the Nissan Hardbody was sold all over the world as competition for Toyota's pickup truck.

The Hardbody's success was likely because it was affordable, efficient, and performed well. With big companies like Ford reintroducing their loveable small truck, the Ranger, there would be no better time for Nissan to dust off the Hardbody name.

3 Datsun 240z

The 1970 240z is known by many names, and it is the only car on this list that is still technically in production. Known as the Fairlady Z, the s30, and occasionally donning other names depending on the trim level. This iconic car was Nissan's answer to the European sports cars of this era. This "budget sports car" had what many of its competitors lacked-reliability.

The Nissan name meant that customers could count on this car, and with Nissan dealerships being much more bountiful, any required maintenance was a breeze. The inline-6 engine coupled to a 4-speed transmission made this car plenty of fun to drive. With front disc brakes and independent suspension on all 4 corners, this car inspired confidence during serious driving.

2 Datsun 510

The Datsun 510 is becoming an exceedingly collectible car. Originally sold as a "sports sedan" in 1968, the car was offered in 2-door, 4-door, and 4-door station wagon configurations. Equipped with a small but high-performance engine, the 510 became fairly accomplished in the rally world.

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People that enjoy modifying cars are able to have a field day with the 510, as many improved parts from other Nissan cars simply bolt right up to the 510, making upgrades a snap. Nissan has been teasing the world with a 510 concept, but no timeline has been released regarding if and when this car will ever be produced.

1 Nissan 240sx

The 240sx. Even for the uninitiated, the 240sx's timeless styling and pop up headlights are enough to warrant a second look. The 240sx was unveiled in 1989 to replace the already-popular Nissan 200sx. The 240sx had a very capable inline 4 engine and perfect weight distribution.

At face value, the 240sx is a very competent sports car. However, in recent years drifting enthusiasts have realized how incredibly capable this car is, causing prices to skyrocket. This has led the 240sx to be promoted to a nearly unattainable status, with bone stock examples becoming as rare as hen's teeth.

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