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1987 Nissan ARC-X concept


1987 Nissan ARC-X concept

Designed by Shigeru Miki, the ARC-X concept was introduced at the 1987 Tokyo Motor Show. Achieving a 0.26 Cd, it had a profile ahead of its time then and still respectable today. It appears Infiniti ran with the shape for one of their first models, the Q45.

1987 Nissan ARC-X concept

The styling at the front is less elegant. The slot-style grille and lighting are clean but lacking style. Underhood was a transversely-mounted 3.0-liter, V6 making only 190 hp. However, it was all computer controlled (by a “CPU”), with shift-by-wire transmission.

1987 Nissan ARC-X concept

To deliver and mage power, the ARC-X had 4WS and AWD with variable torque split. Stylistically, I think the rear was a masterpiece. (I am a sucker for inverted or scalloped rears.) The large sunroof was liquid-crystal-lined to control the sunlight.

1987 Nissan ARC-X concept int dash

Inside the ARC-X, more technology was provided to aid the driver, including laser-radar cruise control and a (non-satellite GPS) navigational system; the system was dependent upon position transmitters that were then due to be installed in Japan.

1987 Nissan ARC-X concept int l med

Slightly less technological-looking are the pleated velour, lounge-style seats. Oh they look comfortable alright but, in this application, also sort of like covers used to hide shabby furniture. But do take note of the cellular phone which was voice activated.