Nissan Finally Getting Ready to Give Us a New Z

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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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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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  • Artem Artem on Jan 27, 2017

    I think they milked the Z long enough. It's definitely overdue for a makeover. Not sure what else they can do to it and keep it looking nice. I guess we'll see.

    • Jonny_Vancouver Jonny_Vancouver on Jan 29, 2017

      They could make it lighter, safer, faster, sexier, and more efficient, all while charging less. That would be nice since they gave up on the IDX :(

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