Next Nissan Z Car Will Sport Hybrid Power, Targa Top

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Nissan is currently working on a new small sports car codenamed the Z35 which will sport some interesting technology when it hits the market.

According to Motor Trend, the car will have a removable roof panel in the form of either a targa top or a t-bar roof, while under the hood an electric motor will assist the gas engine in providing thrust.

Nissan’s product planners want this car to stand out from the crowd, a tough feat as it will compete with the Porsche Boxster, BMW Z4 and Audi TT. That is where the unique roof along with a 2+2 seating configuration come in, both trying to set this car apart from its competitors.

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As for the powertrain, a small 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder will serve as the base engine, while a V6 with roughly 330 hp should be the largest option. Both of those will incorporate an electric motor, operating similar to Honda’s parallel hybrid system where the electric motor is placed between the engine and transmission.

Pricing for the new Nissan Z car should land between $50,000 and $60,000. The car is expected to debut in early 2018.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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  • Misa Miodrag Misa Miodrag on Aug 15, 2014

    Not impressed. A 4 cylinder? A hybrid? Only 330 horsepower and no increase? It's like they are going backwards.

  • Raze Raze on Sep 07, 2016

    What happened to proper z cars, just a notch below super. Every z since the zx has been closer to beetle.

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