Road Tests Real world tests of Impreza WRX vs 300ZX Twin Turbo

0-60mph

Top speed

Impreza WRX
142 mph

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Subaru Impreza WRX

Reasons to consider the
Subaru Impreza WRX

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A lot faster to 60mph 4.6 s vs 6.5 s Around 30% faster to 60mph
Lighter curb weight 3,234 lb vs 3,564 lb Around 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Front view of Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo

Reasons to consider the
Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo

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Faster top speed 155 mph vs 142 mph 13 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More powerful engine 282 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 215 HP @ 5,600 RPM More than 30% stronger engine
More torque 278 ft-lb @ 3,600 RPM vs 216 ft-lb @ 3,600 RPM Around 30% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Better power-to-weight ratio 12.64 lb/hp vs 15.04 lb/hp More than 15% better power-to-weight ratio
More expensive sticker price $33k vs $21k More than 55% more expensive harder to own
Bigger engine 3,000 cc vs 2,000 cc 50% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Impreza WRX  vs
300ZX Twin Turbo 
Brand Subaru Nissan
Price 21,084 33,000
Year 2001 1990-1996

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 15.04 lb/hp 12.64 lb/hp
Maximum hp 215 HP @ 5,600 RPM 282 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Maximum torque 216 ft-lb @ 3,600 RPM 278 ft-lb @ 3,600 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM 7,000 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 2,000 cc 3,000 cc
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9:1 8.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.62 in / 2.95 in 3.43 in / 3.27 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

Impreza WRX  vs
300ZX Twin Turbo 
Top speed 142 mph 155 mph
0-60mph 4.6 s 6.5 s

transmission

Drivetrain Front Engine / 4WD RWD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 5
Axle ratio 4.11:1 3.69:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 406/? 178 406/? 190
Rear wheels 406/? 178 406/? 216

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,234 lb 3,564 lb
Width 68.1 in 70.5 in
Height 56.5 in 49.2 in
Length 173.4 in 169.5 in
Front track width 58.5 in 58.9 in
Wheelbase 99.4 in 96.5 in
Subaru Impreza WRX
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