Successor to the 370Z confirmed; flagship Nismo version to have hot V6 and four-wheel drive
19 March 2018

Nissan has given a 370Z successor the green light.

The new sports car is expected to be shown in coupé guise before the end of next year ahead of UK sales starting in 2020, some 50 years after the original Z car arrived here.

Future generations of the Z model are understood to have been in doubt because of struggling profitability in the sports car segment, an issue felt more widely across the industry. Honda has admitted a similar quandary about an S2000 replacement and Toyota and BMW have teamed up in order to cut costs in the creation of their respective forthcoming Supra and Z4 sports cars.

Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa told Autocar last year that he was in favour of a new Z car to replace the 370Z. He said the sports car market was a challenging one but was “personally advocating” a new Z car.

The forthcoming model is known internally as the Z35 – a codename that continues a process started with the Z31 model launched in 1983. It has been twinned with the next Infiniti Q60, with which it will share its rear-wheel-drive platform, engine line-up and electric system, according to senior officials from Nissan.

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Dimensionally, the new Z car is set to mirror the more upmarket Q60. At about 4520mm long, 1890mm wide and 1240mm tall, it will be slightly larger than the 370Z, which has been in production since 2009.

As well as a coupé version, Nissan plans a successor to the 370Z Roadster, although this model is unlikely to arrive in showrooms until 2021.

Power for the new coupé and convertible, which insiders suggest could be called the 400Z, is planned to come from Nissan’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine used in a number of existing models, including Infiniti's Q50 and Q60. In standard versions of the new Z car, the engine, which has a 60deg vee angle, is expected to run a similar state of tune to that of the Q60, which develops 399bhp and 350lb ft.

By comparison, the outgoing 370Z has a turbocharged 3.7-litre V6 powerplant that delivers 323bhp and 268lb ft.

The highlight of the new Z-car line-up is set to be a four-wheel-drive Nismo version. Due to arrive in 2021, this is earmarked to run a powered-up version of the turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine with a claimed 475bhp and 451lb ft.

Although it's still early days, Autocar understands that Nissan intends to reveal the styling of the new Z car in concept form at the 2018 Tokyo motor show in October. The definitive production version is then planned to be unveiled at the 2019 Los Angeles motor show.

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19 March 2018

"By comparison, the outgoing 370Z has a turbocharged 3.7-litre V6 powerplant that delivers 323bhp and 268lb ft."

Fairlady or the Z doesn't have Turbo for 2 generations already (current and last generation)...........

19 March 2018
Michael Joseph wrote:

"By comparison, the outgoing 370Z has a turbocharged 3.7-litre V6 powerplant that delivers 323bhp and 268lb ft."

Fairlady or the Z doesn't have Turbo for 2 generations already (current and last generation)...........

Kable is drunk or maybe not knowledgeable in the field. In any case - embarrassing mistake that reaks of laziness.

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19 March 2018

If they are going to call it the 400Z then surely it should have a 4.0 litre engine not a 3.0, car companies need to stop giving cars misleading model names in my opinion, Mercedes and BMW are the biggest cuplrits, oh and Audi with their new naming system, which seems to make no sense whatsoever.

19 March 2018

I really want to belive this, but we had the same rumours circulating 12 months ago and we were disappointed at Tokyo. So I ask the author of this article, "Where's your evidence?". Is this just another lazy, regurgitated rumour from a journalist who needs to meet a deadline, or is there some truth in it?

Greg Kable, please don't mess around with us - if you can prove it, do so. If you can't, please be honest and tell us it's just a re-hashed rumour.

19 March 2018

My wonderful Z car is not available with a turbo. I like a big lazy V6. Throttle response perfect.

Let us wait till Tokyo before the usual disappointment. Present sales are pitiful. The company ignore it and I (on my 4th) am almost the only person buying them!

Also to the point, if they twin turbo charge and 4 wheel drive the Zed car what will happen to Godzilla as the top halo car? Think you'd better work it out again.

ScottishRichard

23 March 2018

Well, I've given the author of this article 4 days to prove it's not just a re-hash of fake news from last year (see my post above) and he's not said a dicky bird, so sadly I have to conclude that this is just a load of nonsense.

19 July 2018

First, let’s get the story straight.  The existing 370Z is a naturally aspirated non-turbo V6 that pumps out 332hp, not 323hp.  With all the rumors that never have come true at all in the last 5 years about the next generation Z, I am still confused even after reading the above article.  Why in the hell would the next generation Z be called a 400Z?  It will not have a 4.0 liter engine, nor will it have only 400hp (depending on trim level).  If they stick with the past nomenclature of the past Z cars, it should be called a 300Z and the NISMO AWD version called a 300ZX.  You could even have badging under the outside mirrors in front of the door panels that state 3.0t like the Q60 today.  That would make much more sense.  Anyways, I love the fact that Nissan is finally making an AWD version.  I was tired of burning the rear tires off my 350 and 370Z.  I want to get to work, not drift to work.  I bought my wife the Q60 RS 400 AWD.  I love the way it gets up and goes and doesn’t sit there burning rubber.  I eat up a lot of Mustangs from start to finish with the Q60 AWD.  It is a lot of fun to drive, a lot more fun that the rear wheel Z, there is no comparison.  I just hope they come out with the new Z soon and quite jerking my chain.

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