QotW: What’s your favorite JNC body type?
Back in the day, Japanese automakers thought nothing of offering multiple body types of the same model. Buyers had their pick — 2-door sedans, 4-door sedans, coupes, hardtops, wagons, hatchbacks, utes, and even upscale long-nose alternative versions. Do you gravitate to a certain type of body? Always have a lust for wagons, or prefer a coupe? Or are you always on the hunt for a long bed JNC truck? We want to know:
What’s your favorite JNC body type?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What will futurte JNCs look like?“
We asked last week about the next great future JNCs. We’ve seen peeks of what OEMs are capable of, such has the IDx concepts pictured.
Tim boiled it down best by talking about the next breed of beasts that will be introduced with all the right stuff and stand the test of time:
I’ll assume that we’re not talking about current-generation vehicles which have a timeless quality to them that will make them future classics, but rather prospective vehicles which have not yet graced the circuit even in prototype guise. Unfortunately for us automotive enthusiasts, the future is bleak. As autonomy becomes more sophisticated and powertrains shift towards the electric, efficiency becomes the benchmark by which a vehicle is judged. Let’s face it, a car with a super low drag coefficient generally isn’t what we’d call “a looker”. It’s my opinion that a future JNC needs only one thing to become the “classic” we want: Form following function. The car has to first and foremost be good. Either a lightweight chassis with a big engine bay, or a comfortable cruiser, or a handling superstar. Appearance is almost irrelevant.
Imagine the ND if Mazda tried to put the NA taillights on it. Imagine the STI if the Forrester grill was the defining characteristic of the lineup. Where would the 370Z be if Nissan put Altima headlights on it? They’d all still be fun vehicles. Chevy broke years of tradition with the C7 Corvette tail lights, and almost every ‘Vette fan I know of has no problem with it. I doubt anyone here would mind if Nissan released the IDX and called it a “510”.
Would a Supra still be a Supra if it had a 500HP turbo 4-banger from the factory?You betcha. Would the masses be pissed if the “400Z” had a 4L V8 producing 600TQ/600HP, and it lost 200lbs in the process? Heck, they’d get some Mustang converts. If the Crown came to the US, would journalists call it a bad car? Heck no! They’d rave over the quality and comfort.
The future JNCs are just cars that happen to be outstanding in their field. I, for one, look forward to it. Maybe I’ll place my bets right and end up with a future classic myself.
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