Wednesday, 26 September 2012

F31 Leopard

As dynamic and exciting car names go, you can do a lot worse than 'Nissan Leopard'.
Launched in 1980, the Leopard was a luxury sports coupé that was never officially sold in Europe. The example that you see here is a later F31 model, available between 1986-92; under the skin it was a mixture of R31 Skyline and C32 Laurel, available with either 2.0- or 3.0-litre V6 engines, with the option of a turbo on either. Being a product of the eighties, it enjoys folded-paper angularity and a brilliantly slitty set of tail-lights, while its 1980s luxury ethos encompassed a carphone, CD audio system and the brilliantly retro-futuristic concept of Sonar Suspension - a module mounted under the front bumper that scans the road surface and adjusts the suspension accordingly. Swish!
This particularly kickass example is sitting very low (although, one hopes, still with the Sonar Suspension hooked up!) over SSR XR4 wheels. More can be found at HTF.

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