But we could see one sooner than the other.
There's just one month remaining until we see the production 2022 Nissan Z revealed at the New York Auto Show. Among the many unknown details, we still do not know what Nissan will call the production car. Will it be the 400Z, or possibly just the Z? When it arrives, we know the car will use a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 sending power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission. A 400-horsepower output is rumored at launch, and a faster model could arrive sooner than we expected.
Japanese outlet Best Car claims Nissan will show off a Z Nismo variant at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon in January. Nissan would then release the model later in the year. The previous 370Z offered a Nismo version with a slight power increase and numerous handling upgrades.
The 370Z Nismo produced 350 hp from its 3.7-liter V6, a slight upgrade over the standard car's 332-hp rating. Unfortunately, this rumored version will not receive a power bump compared to the non-Nismo variant, meaning the upgrades will be visual and handling-related. Expect to see a stiffer suspension, more aggressive seats, and 20-inch wheels rather than 19-inches. Along with the Nismo road car, Nissan is reportedly developing a GT4 racing version to rival the Supra race car.
The Z Nismo news isn't the only rumor to emerge from Nissan this week. After months of silence, the gossip surrounding the next-generation GT-R has started up again. Once again, sources claim the R36 generation GT-R will adopt a hybrid drivetrain (still mated to a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6) to appease CAFE regulations and noise restrictions. Initially rumored to arrive sometime next year, the R36 may not debut until 2023. We must take these reports with a grain of salt, as many outlets have predicted a new GT-R for years now. We'll believe it when we hear it from Nissan, and there's been no official comment lately.