30 years ago, Nissan attempted to build a mid-engined supercar, the MID4, until their accountants got cold feet and axed the project. It did, however, utilize the same AWD system that would be fitted to the R32 GT-R, and had the twin-turbo V6 which would ultimately power the Z32 300ZX Twin Turbo.
All of this was wrapped up in a sleek bodyshell with pop-up headlights. And it predated the similar-looking Honda NSX by two or three years.
I believe the time is right for a revival of the MID4, based on the underpinnings of the Alpine A110 and powered by the same engine:
The new MID4, however, would have different styling and should also be offered exclusively with a manual transmission and a proper LSD, to differentiate it from its French-badged sibling. Oh, and it must be sold in every major market, including North America. This would leave room for the Z-car to move slightly further upmarket, but not to the point where it can cannibalize R35 GT-R sales. Both of these new sports cars ought to save its lineup from SUV-shaped mediocrity - if they were ever produced at all.
And I expect the MID4 to make such a splash that Toyota reintroduces the MR2 out of necessity, while Honda brings back the S2000 for the exact same reason. One more thing: a detuned version of the A110’s turbo four (200-240 horsepower instead of 300) could end up powering a cheaper, more practical car - most likely the S16 Silvia - if they ever choose to build it. That would give MX-5 and 86/BRZ owners something to think about, and restore Nissan’s place in the hearts of enthusiasts everywhere.