Remember the original “4DSC” Nissan Maxima? The so-called 4-Door Sports Car was a notch above the standard family sedan offerings at the time. It tempted us with a dedicated chassis and V6-only drivetrain. The design was clean, it was tossable, and you could get it in a stick.
Watching Motorweek‘s review at the time, you can hear the sporty SE model’s 160-horsepower VG30E emit a nice, mechanical growl. Even more amazingly, when it came time for the facelift in 1991, Nissan gave it huge bump of 30 horsepower to 190. That was an impressive number at the time. These days, there’s not much difference among the major family sedans in the market but those of us who drove Accords and Camrys back then actually aspired to own a Maxima.