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The Next Nissan Z Car to be a Hybrid, Offer a Targa

And it'll supposedly be called the Z35.

It all began in 1969 with the Datsun 240Z, a sports car that kind of sort of looked like a Corvette, but clearly wasn’t. And yet it became an instant success due to its excellent engineering, brick solid reliability, and its honesty. It was just a pure sports car in every sense. Its ancestor today is the Nissan 370Z, which itself will soon cease production. But have no worries; Nissan is very much at work on its successor. Thanks to Australia’s Motoring, there are new clues from Nissan as to what we can expect.

Set to be called the Z35, it’ll focus heavily on sharp handling and will be powered by smaller engines but with greater output thanks to some technology help from Mercedes-Benz. The base engine will be a 2.0-liter turbo four with hybrid tech in order to improve fuel economy as well as performance. The optional engine is said to be a 3.0-liter direct-injection V6 supplied by Mercedes. It too will incorporate a hybrid system. In the past, Nissan has focused its Z car for two main markets: Japan and the US. This time, however, the Z35 will be a global sports car. This means it’s being developed to offer a retractable hard top, specifically a targa or even a T-bar roof. A reveal will likely happen sometime in 2016.

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