Nissan will bring a sports car that sits below the current 370Z in some form to the Tokyo Motor Show in November.
Whether it will be a concept car or production vehicle is still unclear, but it’s been longer than two years since the brand unveiled its ESFLOW concept (seen above) during the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. That car previewed what Nissan could do with an electric sports car – something that it further emphasized with plans for an electric race car for Le Mans in 2014.
Speaking to members of the Australian media during the New York Auto Show last month, Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer confirmed that a “sub-zed” sports car will be shown during the Tokyo show this year.
While Palmer acknowledged plans for a hybrid version of the GT-R, he pointed to less expensive sports cars that would appeal to young buyers. That plan might not include the 370Z.
“But we’ve got some other plans for what we think sports cars for Gen Xs and Gen Ys would look like, and I think that the Zed (370Z) will sit apart as a classic sports car.
“But we think that there is room below that for something very special,” he said. “And for that, we will see you at Tokyo.”
He went on to say that there will be room for both a hybrid and fully electric sports car. The ESFLOW concept used two electric motors – one for each of the rear wheels. Nissan also said the car would run from 0-60 mph in five seconds and up to 150 miles of driving range.
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