Nissan VP Calls Scion FR-S a "Midlife Crisis" Car

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Nissan‘s answer to the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ is heading to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show for its public debut.

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.

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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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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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