Nissan is finally ready to give us a look at the next-generation Z sports car.
The current Nissan 370Z model has been on the market for more than eight years and it has long been overdue for a makeover. According to a report from Japan’s Best Car magazine, the Japanese automaker will unveil a Z concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the same place where Toyota will reportedly debut its Supra successor in concept form. And although rumors suggested that the new Z car would take the form of a crossover, it appears it will likely be a traditional RWD coupe with similar proportions to the current model.
In terms of design, the Z is expected to adopt a more aggressive style, pulling inspiration from the potent GT-R. It will also ride on a shorter wheelbase borrowed from the Infiniti Q60’s FR-L platform. We can also expect it to me much lighter.
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That means you shouldn’t be surprised to see it share powerplants, including the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine found on the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport, which could make more than 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque in the Z. The powerplant will be paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but Nissan will likely offer a manual as well. There will also be an entry-level 3.0-liter V6 with 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, but what’s more exciting is a possible hybrid powertrain using the same engine and an electric motor to generate more than 500 hp.
The next-generation Z model should arrive by 2019 and check back with AutoGuide.com as we will be reporting live from the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.
[Source: Car and Driver]
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