The 1990 Znopresk Zap was a car on which ZM group put a lot of efforts and a lot of hopes.
After an undertone 2nd generation ZAP!, too wierd (as all the 80's Znopresk were) and too boring, the engineering and design office started immediately after the cold reception of the press and the slow sales.
ZM couldn't afford a failure so, along with the high tech mid sized inline 4 (mid sized for Italy and Europe!) under developement for the medium sized cars, a new small platform was developed taking care about the future technologies. The funding was high and the platform was designed to last for at least 10 years without major re-engineering and to be innovative.
At the end of the 1989 the car was shown at the Geneve Car Shows, featuring full indipendent suspensions, partial aluminium body (rarely seen for a compact car of the era) and the new 16v full aluminium block inline 4 ZL4Q-2014C. The car was launched in April 1990.
The car here shown is the mid trim with a mid range 1.4 16v injected inline 4 with VVT on intake ports (so fancy).
ŽNOPREŠK Zap! (3rd gen, MY 1990)
1.4i Linea (market value for Fruinia)