Nissan Preparing New Z Car as 240Z Spiritual Successor

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

According to the latest reports, Nissan is preparing a spiritual successor to the 240Z, an all-new Z car that’s currently codenamed Z35.

The Z35 will honor the 240Z by bringing a modern interpretation to the classic’s long front end and short deck. Essentially it will be a downsized 370Z, which means it will be about 2-inches narrower. But more importantly, the Japanese automaker aims to use plenty of lightweight, high-tensile steel on the Z35 in order for it to weigh in at a class-leading 2,866 pounds.

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Currently, Nissan is mulling over whether or not to offer a V6 with the Z35. The Japanese automaker is hoping to wean its customers off the popular V6 that’s currently found in many of its models in favor of a more fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine. It is rumored that the automaker is working on a 2.5-liter turbo-four cylinder that will produce around 330 horsepower.

Nissan may have to dial the performance back however, in order to ensure the car is somewhat respectable in the fuel-efficiency department. Luckily, the brand has its NISMO arm that can produce a high-performance variant that’s more acceptable.

So does this mean the Z35 will replace the current 370Z? It’s possible, and Nissan may be reinventing the Z car all over again. A concept of the new Z is expected to be unveiled at next year’s Detroit Auto Show.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Denis Denis on Sep 16, 2013

    Lighter car with a 4 cylinder turbo engine is basically a new 240sx whatever you call it. They can call it Z250 instead of S16 Silvia but it looks like S chassis successor. This car will be great. It will be a lot more tunable than GT86. More power out of GT86 means $$$ as the car is naturally aspirated from the factory

    • Grinder Grinder on Nov 01, 2013

      Sure it's an S chassis successor. It sucecceds the S30, S130,....

  • Mike Mike on Sep 20, 2013

    get rid of the ridiculous name,240 260 280z 280zx 300zx 350z 370z Fairlady Z all the way

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    • Paul__Revere Paul__Revere on Jan 16, 2014

      The gay community has spoken! End of discussion