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Nissan Working on Lighter Next-Gen Z

Datsun prepares to take on the Subaru BRZ with a smaller, cheaper successor to the 370Z.

Successive generations of cars have a nasty habit of getting bigger and more expensive. But not the next Nissan Z. According to Edmunds news site Inside Line, Nissan is planning on making the next generation of its popular sportscar lighter and cheaper than the current 370Z. The iconic Z was revived in 2002 with the 350Z, a car that quickly became a favorite among sportscar enthusiasts, drifters and tuners around the world. That was updated with a 3.7-liter V6, more angular styling and updated equipment in 2008 for the 370Z that remains on the market.

With stiff competition from the likes of the Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S and the Hyundai Genesis coupe, however, Nissan needs a replacement. Work is reportedly already underway on the next-gen Z car, but it likely won't be ready for debut until the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, which is still a good year and a half away. When it does come around, though, we could be looking at a smaller, cheaper vehicle with a turbo four instead of the current V6. As long as the turbocharger can make up for the two cylinders that stand to go missing, that would be just fine by us.

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