Another example of how Nissan is just doing things right these days.
Nissan is on a sports car roll. The carmaker has all but confirmed that a production version of the IDx Concept is going to happen. The Japanese automaker has also announced the next-generation GT-R will arrive in just a few short years, and that it’ll utilize hybrid technology in some fashion. But what’s happening with the also adored Z-car? The current 370Z has been on the market since 2009, and its age is showing.
Along with new rivals, specifically the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S twins, it’s clear that Nissan has to do something soon. Fortunately, there is a plan in place and according to Nissan design boss Shiro Nakamura, the next Z-car "could be smaller" than the current car. In addition, product chief Andy Palmer added that the car will be powered by a downsized four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Compared to the 350Z and 370Z, the car will have a slightly different character. Fortunately, Palmer reiterated the car is very much happening and that there’ll be "a normal version, and a Nismo." The car's arrival date is still unknown, as its final design has yet to be signed off.