Nissan will reveal a new small sports car at the Tokyo motor show in November.
The Tokyo show car is likely to be a concept, and is set to completely redefine the Z car concept away from its current brutish application. Palmer confirmed the new model would be “smaller and lighter”, but no less powerful than the current model with power set to come from a downsized turbocharged engine.
It’s possible the concept version could use an electric drivetrain, with production versions set to switch to petrol power. However, it’s feasible an electric version could be in the car’s line-up, although Palmer remained coy on exact details, hinting at both.
He did however confirm that the new model would “feature a high performance Nismo version to ensure it could compete in the market it’s already in”.
“I don’t want to position it as a Toyota GT86 style car though,” he said. “That traditional sleek sports car is nice but not the market I want to address. I want to address the issue of a next generation sports car.”
Palmer wants the new car to become a poster model for a new generation of car fans, with as much emphasis on connectivity as performance.
“Kids in the UK are no longer taking their driving test,” he said, “and we have to energise those kids. The car has been demonised to them, so we have to find a new way to recall them. There’s no demons in an electric motor with lots of power and torque. You can look at the Juke Nismo as well for elements of the new car.”
Palmer said he has seen the car and driven it, and described it as “enjoyable and energising”.
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