WOW….New “Z”???

21 Oct

Nissan Z35 Side

One of Japan’s most iconic cars is making a comeback. A  descendant of the game-changing 240Z that debuted in 1969, an all-new Z car (code-named  Z35) will honor the legendary Datsun with a stylized 21st-century interpretation  of the original’s long nose, short deck, and perfect proportions. That first Z was designed to appeal to buyers in its main  market of the United States, and the new model will be no different. Just get a  load of one artist’s vision of the dynamic silhouette.

2012 Nissan 370Z Front End In Motion

  • 2012 Nissan 370Z Front Three Quarter In Motion2012 Nissan 370Z Front Three Quarters

While the car will feature a low-slung, swooping body, it will  be downsized from the current 370Z to dimensions that resemble the original’s.  That means the car will lose around 2 inches in width from the current 72.6  inches. Our insider mentions that lightweight high-tensile steel will be used to  further reduce the car’s curb weight by up to 420 pounds to a class-leading 2866 pounds. According to a source close to Nissan, the  Z35 will be powered by a choice of V-6 and four-cylinder engines at first.  Company bosses want to phase out the V-6, though a small but strong fan base  might lead engineers to retain it.  Nissan feels  that it has to “wean” the motoring public off the six cylinder, which has been  its mainstay power plant since the very beginning, and switch to a more  fuel-efficient four. We are told that the new four-cylinder will be a 2.5-liter  turbo unit and  incorporate direct injection to make at least 330 hp. But our insider explains  that Nissan bosses are concerned about fuel economy and CO2 emissions, a fact  that will almost certainly force them to reduce power to around 280 hp. For a  gutsier Z, we can look to the company’s in-house tuning arm Nismo, which is  rumored to be working on a 330-plus-hp model.

Nissan Z35 Side

The  Z33 of 2002 was a big hit and its low-$30,000s price tag helped it drive out  showroom doors. With the Z34, Nissan created a good-looking, sharp-handling  coupe, but by Nissan targeting rivals in the BMW Z4, Porsche Cayman, and Audi  TT, the price went into the low $40,000s and hurt sales. The  new Z35 must pick up where the Z33 left off and reinvent the Z car all over  again. That means downsizing while creating a compelling design and minimizing  its sticker price. And employing four-cylinder turbos will do the brand no harm  in lowering prices, CO2, and fuel  consumption. We can expect to see the Z concept unveiled at the Detroit  auto show in January. The final production version should debut one year later  at the same show with a price tag starting under $30,000.

    • 2013 Nissan 370Z Front Three Quarters2013 Nissan 370Z Right Side1

    • 2013 Nissan 370Z Rear Three Quarters2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster Front End In Motion
    • 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster Front Three Quarters2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster Rear Three Quarters In Motion

2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo Front Three Quarters In Motion 22014 Nissan 370Z Nismo Front Three Quarters

  • 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo Front Three Quarters In Motion2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo Front Three Quarter In Motion
  • 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo Front End2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo Front Three Quarter Turn

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