Nissan is working on a next-generation Z coupe that will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine.
The future of the Nissan Z was previously unclear, with the Japanese automaker remaining tight-lipped in regards to a next-generation model. Autocar has it on good authority that a new Z will indeed arrive, however, and it reports it will be developed hand-in-hand with the next Infiniti Q60.
Senior officials from Nissan told the publication the next Z and Q60 will share the same rear-wheel drive platform, engine and hybrid system. Under the hood will be Nissan’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, which makes up to 400 horsepower in the 2018 Q60 Red Sport. The next Z will also be slightly larger than the current version, but is expected to remain a two-seater.
The sports car is rumored to spawn a high-performance Nismo version as well, which Autocar says will have all-wheel drive and will make 475 hp and 451 lb-ft of torque from an uprated version of the 3.0-liter V6. It isn’t slated to arrive until 2021, however – the same year the Roadster version of the new Z is scheduled to land.
Nissan is expected to debut a concept version of the new Z ahead of the production car’s debut. This may happen by as early as the 2018 Tokyo Motor Show in October, so we may not have to wait very long to get a glimpse of the newest member of the Z family.
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