2015 Nissan Z in Early Stages of Development

2015 Nissan Z in Early Stages of Development

Work on the 2015 Nissan Z model has already begun with a concept version debuting as early as the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

The Japanese automaker hopes to make the next Z revamp lighter and leaner, and could probably see a new powerplant under the hood. The model’s development is currently “at an early stage” according to head of Nissan design Shiro Nakamura, and the brand is striving to make a stronger impact with the new car than the current 370Z model has had on the market.

While the automaker enjoyed great success when the 350Z came back onto the market in 2002, the 370Z hasn’t had the same impact. The current 370Z model weighs in at 3,314 lbs, so it could definitely afford to shed some weight. With the weight loss however, Nissan could be outfitting the Z model with a four-cylinder turbo engine, helping make it more accessible to more people.

There are other ways to interpret what Nakamura said however; Nissan could just be finding ways to make a base model Z cheaper in order to attract a larger market share.

[Source: Inside Line]

  • Carlos Zuleta

    4cyl Z will suck

  • firebase

    I just brought home a 2013 370Z. Ive has a 280, 300, 350 and now 370. The 370 is by FAR the fastest, best handling and the most fun to drive. It is getting a bit pricey though. IMO they need to do away with tech gimmicks, synchro rev match, etc. Keep the interior as is (370 interior simply outshines the 350), get back to basics. If they go 4 banger, give it twins, 350HP at crank, 300lbs TQ, cut the wheelbase even further, use aluminum, get the weight down to 3000 pounds dry. This would be a winner.

  • Hector

    The 370Z is Buddah’s handling gift to man. I disagree with you completely; you pay for tech. advancements & are to be incorporated with price. The interior is #1 in the world. Actually, the pod gauges need a trip computer that can scroll through and it still needs launch control.

  • Chris

    I have a 2010 40th Anniversary Z. I love the Z, but I want to see an All-Wheel-Drive version with at least 380hp and a 0-60 time of around 4 seconds, if not faster. I don’t care how they do it. But I can’t rock a Z out on the road anymore when Camaro, Mustang, Challenger, and Charger are now getting faster than the Z. Nissan used to pride itself on making the Z’s V6 more powerfull (quicker) than the American V8. I would love to see the Z turn into a mini-me of the GTR, but with a manual transmission. I live in WV and like most of the United States is snows here. I need to get to work, not drift there. Nissan, give us an AWD Z. I’ll bet there will be nothing that could outhandle that baby. I would definitely buy one.

  • Marko