The news comes courtesy of Andy Palmer, the Japanese automaker’s executive vice president, who went so far as to calling the FR-S and the BRZ a sports car “designed for a 50-year-old.” While it’s hard to agree with Palmer on that statement, considering two of our staff members have the 86 sports car and neither are nearing 50 years of age, it’s clear that he’s trying to make a point that the upcoming Z35 is being designed with the mid-to-late 20s demographic in mind.
According to Palmer, the BRZ is “for a midlife crisis,” and Nissan’s answer to the sports car will be geared towards “a male car enthusiast in his mid-to-late twenties.” The Z35 is rumored to be powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that is essentially a detuned and smaller version of the automaker’s popular 3.7-liter V6 found in the 370Z and G37/Q50 models. Now considering the V6 engine has around 330 hp, expect the smaller four-cylinder to be in the mid-to-high 200 hp range.
Over the years, Nissan has had a strong reputation of developing fun-to-drive, rear-wheel-drive sports cars such as the Z and 240SX models. Check back with AutoGuide as we’ll be reporting live from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show when the Nissan Z35 makes its official debut.
[Source: Motor Trend]
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