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Product planning presentation gives us our first official look at the long-awaited successor to the 370Z
Felix Page Autocar writer
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28 May 2020

Nissan has previewed the long-awaited successor to its 370Z sports car in a presentation outlining its future product strategy. 

Official details of the mysterious new car are thin on the ground, but we can see it will have styling evolved from the 370Z coupé and will be the latest addition to the Japanese brand's Z sports car lineage - begun in 1969 with the launch of the iconic Datsun 240Z.

The preview comes following Nissan's announcement that it's to embark on a wide-reaching cost-cutting strategy under the 'Nissan Next' banner. As well as closing its commercial vehicles plant in Barcelona, Spain, the company will reduce production capacity by 20% over the next three years and streamline its ageing product portfolio. 

The 370Z is the oldest car in Nissan's current line-up, having launched in its current form in 2008. The company's product planning boss, Ivan Espinosa, told Autocar at last year's Tokyo motor show that the sports car - along with the GT-R flagship - was "at the heart of Nissan" and that the company was "actively looking at and working on" a successor. 

Autocar understands that the new Z car will be called the 400Z and take its power from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 with more power than the current car. It's unlikely to sit on a bespoke platform, given its relatively low sales volumes, and could instead make use of the rear-driven underpinnings from Nissan sibling brand Infiniti's Q50 and Q60 models. 

Nissan recently submitted a trademark application for a restyled version of the Z badge, fuelling speculation that a new sports car was on the way. The badge's retro look hinted that the new model will take styling inspiration from Nissan's historic sports cars, potentially with a sharp front end like that of the 240Z and distinctive brake lights inspired by the 300ZX. 

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The interior of the new model is earmarked for a significant redesign, too, with that of the 370Z frequently criticised for being outdated compared to its rivals. Expect a focus on premium materials throughout and for the current car's basic touchscreen to be replaced with a modern infotainment system with access to various connectivity services. 

The 400Z's unveiling is expected within the next 12 months. 

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28 May 2020

 From what we saw, it doesn't look that bad, I hope whatever powers it is at least up to Supra levels of performance.

28 May 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

From what we saw, it doesn't look that bad, I hope whatever powers it is at least up to Supra levels of performance.

Let's hope it looks as good as that Autocar redering - a fabulous looking thing, so much better than the 370Z, and much nicer than the Supra, which looks just like a GT86 on steroids.  

29 May 2020

Looks great so far.  

I hope they maintain a retro feel at the rear by keeping wide tailgate glass with pillars that blend into the quarter panels, not taper the glass like so many modern cars (and the Autocar rendering).  While not unattractive, the tapered glass doesn't capture the Z look.

28 May 2020

looks grate! id have one luved the 350 and 370 reel fast cars sound good with big boar exsawsts

28 May 2020
sbagnall wrote:

looks grate! id have one luved the 350 and 370 reel fast cars sound good with big boar exsawsts

Why do the looks grate?  I think it looks fantastic.  What is it about this rendering's looks that you find so grating?

28 May 2020
I mean it looks great! Me spellin ain't the best mate , struggel at times with that sort of thing

28 May 2020
sbagnall wrote:

I mean it looks great! Me spellin ain't the best mate , struggel at times with that sort of thing

Please forgive me.  Your response was a hell of a lot more mature than my comment.  I was being a comdescending pillock.  I apologise for being rude.

28 May 2020
martin_66 wrote:

sbagnall wrote:

I mean it looks great! Me spellin ain't the best mate , struggel at times with that sort of thing

Please forgive me.  Your response was a hell of a lot more mature than my comment.  I was being a comdescending pillock.  I apologise for being rude.

Make that a 'condescending' pillock.  I thoroughly deserve to get the p*ss taken out of me for that!

28 May 2020
Once the industry gets back on its feet - 12-18 months - I reckon they'll be quite a few mainstream manufacturers designing nearly affordable dream cars, why not?
After all, there are only so many tweaks you can make to a saloon, estate or hatch back, (or so it seems if the last six or seven years of the model types are anything to go by).
All the underlying performance already exists in the before mentioned models so just maybe one for the masses looking forward, and not just the privileged.

28 May 2020

Nissan, as part of the Renault and Mitsubishi group, should be able to produce partner coupes across Group brands as appropriate and profitable. Imagine a Modern Mitsubishi 3000 GT and an Infitity HPE.

Power should be more than adequate with a twin turbo 3 litre six easily able to generate 400+ bhp in a strong light platform.

 

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