Is The Nissan 300ZX Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)?

At Garage Dreams, we are big fans of the Nissan 300ZX.

Although it might not have quite the same “street cred” as some of the other 1990s Japanese performance legends like the Nissan Skyline GT-R (read our article on why Skylines are illegal in the United States for more information) or the Toyota Supra Mk4, we still think the 300ZX is a great car and one of the most stylish, futuristic-looking vehicles ever to come from Japan.

In this very short edition of Car Facts (where we answer your car questions) we are looking at the following query:

“Is the Nissan 300ZX rear wheel drive?”

As you might expect, this isn’t going to be a very long article.

The 300ZX Is Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)

All Nissan 300ZX are rear wheel drive (RWD).

There are no exceptions to this rule when it comes to factory specifications/configurations.

Was The 300ZX Available As AWD? What about FWD?

No, the 300ZX was never available as AWD or FWD. It was always an RWD car.

If anyone tells you they have an AWD or FWD 300ZX, then you can be fairly sure they have no idea what they are talking about (or they have more dollars than sense and were happy to invest a bunch of money and time into making their car worse, basically).

Recap – Is The Nissan 300ZX RWD?

Yes, all Nissan 300ZX were RWD from the factory.

In researching for this article we did find a couple of old forum posts about people who have made attempts to convert their 300ZX to AWD (seemingly by fitting the AWD system from a Nissan Skyline GT-R). However, we reckon that would be one of those projects that is definitely more investment and effort than it is worth – but good on anyone for trying.

If you’re thinking of buying a Nissan 300ZX, then make sure you read our 300ZX buying guide and history here. With prices rising on this modern classic – see our article on whether the 300ZX is a classic car now – it behoves you to try and find the best possible example you can.



  • Sam

    Sam focuses mainly on researching and writing the growing database of Car Facts articles on Garage Dreams, as well as creating interesting list content. He is particularly enthusiastic about JDM cars, although has also owned numerous European vehicles in the past. Currently drives a 3rd generation Suzuki Swift Sport, and a Volkswagen Touareg (mainly kept for taking his border collie out to the hills to go walking)

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