30 years is a long time when it comes to\ncars and 1989 was a great year for new models and updates to existing marques come\nout.\n\n\n\nGet ready fellow Petrolheadz as we have a\nlook back at the coolest cars to hit the showrooms in 1989.\n\n\n\nNissan 300 ZX (Z32)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n1989 saw the launch of the all new 300ZX\nfrom Nissan and boy is it a beauty. The grand tourer was a huge step up from\nthe still awesome Z31 and the flagship model was the Twin Turbo with 300 BHP,\n0-60 in 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 MPH coming from a 3 Litre V6.\n\n\n\nThe 300 ZX came with tons of tech including\nSuper HICAS steering and ABS and had a long production run of 11 years. With\nlooks like this its easy to see why it did. It\u2019s timeless.\n\n\n\nFerrari 348\n\n\n\nImage Source: Flickr\n\n\n\nThe Ferrari 348 replaced the iconic 80\u2019s 308\/328 GTB\/S line of V8 Ferraris made famous in movies like Cannonball Run and TV Shows like Magnum P.I.\n\n\n\nGone are the round lights and in are a\ngrilled rear light cluster and Testarossa looking side air intake and a more\nrounded design that helps kick start the 90\u2019s look that all sport cars\nreceived.\n\n\n\nThe engine was larger, upping it to 3.4\nlitres and performance went up to with a top speed of 170 MPH and a mid-5\nsecond 0-60. \n\n\n\nIt came in the classic Berlinetta, GTS and\nSpyder versions too and was superseded by the Ferrari 355. \n\n\n\nIf you couldn\u2019t stump the cash for a\nFerrari you could have got the next car instead.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nToyota MR2 (SW20)\n\n\n\nImage Source: I-Jam Media\n\n\n\nEschewing the angular design of the first\ngeneration of MR2\u2019s the SW20 was bigger and with the Turbo version was much\nbetter with a top speed of 137 MPH and a 0-60 of 5.5 seconds. \n\n\n\nEven the Normally Aspirated version had a\ndecent 0-60 of low 7 seconds. \n\n\n\nIt was known as the poor mans Ferrari but\nyou know what, it came close to performance too, at a fraction of the price. \n\n\n\nThe \u201989 model had twitchy yet rewarding\nhandling, you just had to be very careful coming in to corners. \n\n\n\nWant to know more about what its like to own an MR2 today? Retroheadz has you covered.\n\n\n\nAlfa Romeo SZ\n\n\n\nImage Source: Flickr\n\n\n\nWe all know Alfa Romeo\u2019s are beautiful cars\nand none more so than the incredibly rare Alfa Romeo SZ.\n\n\n\nIt was limited produced between 1989 and\n1991 and they are a rare sight indeed but just look at it. \n\n\n\nPerformance wise it has a top speed of 152\nMPH and a 0-60 of 7 seconds from its 3 litre V6 which seems tame today but its\nreally the looks that make it stand out and if you ever see one in the wild it\nwill blow you away.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nBMW 8 Series\n\n\n\nImage Source: Flickr\n\n\n\nThe 8 series BMW is utterly stunning and\nhad a 10-year production run and still gave future cars a run for their money\nlooks wise\n\n\n\nBMW\u2019s aggressive looking grand tourer came with a stonking huge 5 litre V12, pop-up headlights and was a flagship model that came in at a heavy price tag but with that you got a top speed of 155 MPH and envious looks from all other road users.\n\n\n\nNissan 200SX\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe 200SX replaced the Nissan Silvia (S12)\nand is a stunning car to look at even today. \n\n\n\nIt was light, nimble and handled well. \n\n\n\nThis car is now a firm favourite of drifters today and came packed with tech as you would expect from a Japanese manufacturer at the time including a heads up display as an optional extra and of course, pop-up headlights!\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nPorsche Carrera 4 (964) \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n1989 saw the all-new 911 come out replacing the iconic 80\u2019s 930 model called the Carrera 4.\n\n\n\nThe 1989 911 came with a more rounded and neater look, a variable rear wing, 4-wheel drive, ABS and whole host of other tech and cues borrowed off the Porsche 959 supercar. \n\n\n\nThe engine size jumped up to 3.6 litres and they still look stunning today.\n\n\n\nMazda MX-5 (Eunos Roadster)\n\n\n\nImage Source: Wikipedia\n\n\n\n1989 saw the launch of the Mazda MX-5 (or\nEunos Roadster in Japan) and was loved for the pure fun that the highly\nbalanced Mazda gave drivers which made it a global phenomenon. \n\n\n\nThis is the MGB of the 90\u2019s and is still\nmassively popular in 2019 where it is still being produced. \n\n\n\nThe MX-5 only had a 1.6 litre engine\nshowing that speed and size isn\u2019t everything, handling and pure driving joy is.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nLotus Elan\n\n\n\nImage Source: Softmint\n\n\n\nLotus came out with the Elan in 1989. \n\n\n\nLike the MX-5 it had a 1.6 litre engine\nwith a top speed a smidge over 120 MPH. \n\n\n\nIt cost more than the MX-5 so got outsold by it but it did have the awesome twin bulbed pop-up headlights from its Esprit big brother and has aged well. \n\n\n\nFun fact it was also manufactured in South Korea and badged as the KIA Elan from 1995.\n\n\n\nLancia Delta Intergrale 16V\n\n\n\nImage Source: Wikimedia\n\n\n\n1989 saw the iconic Lancia Delta Intergrale rally car and Sega Rally favourite get an update from the 1987 model and with it came wider wheels and a raised bonnet to accommodate the 16V engine which gave it an even more aggressive look. \n\n\n\nThe Lancia Delta Integrale 16V came with a top speed of 137 MPH and a 0-60 of 5.7 seconds which is not too shabby even today.\n\n\n\nIts a legendary car but is it as desired as the last car?\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nNissan Skyline GT-R (R32)\n\n\n\nImage Source: Wikipedia\n\n\n\n1989 was a busy year for Nissan, not only did they relaunch the 300ZX but they also gave the world the Nissan Skyline GT-R. \n\n\n\nThe Skyline GT-R came with a twin turbocharged 2.6 litre engine.\n\n\n\nA few years later became the stuff of legends when it became the car of choice on Gran Turismo on the Playstation where boy racers got to live their dreams of speeding around in a 1000BHP modified version of this stunningly awesome Nissan.\n\n\n\nFeeling Nostalgic?\n\n\n\nWhich car from 1989 would you like most? Have you ever owned or driven one of the cars listed? Let us know in the comments below.