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 AutoGuide.com 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

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