Nissan Z35 Forum : NissanZ35.com
In the absence of any word from Nissan about the next Z sports car, the rumor mill continues turning.
This latest rumor, posted by a 370Z owner claims that a Nissan representative at the Pittsburgh auto show hinted that the Z35 would come in 2016 and with more than 400 HP.
Was this a rep in-the-know, or just someone trying to impress a show visitor? We'll find out... eventually.
Nissan has just announced "two surprise products" that will make a cameo appearance during their lengthened commercial spot for the Super Bowl tomorrow, February 1, 2015.
"The teaser gives a hint at an emotional story set to the beat of a very emotional and iconic piece of music," said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S., Nissan North America. "You'll also see two surprise products that will make cameo appearances in the full story on Sunday."
As you may have read, Nissan recently made public statements suggesting it may pull back the reins on more radical product offerings such as the Nissan IDx concept which debuted at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show and focus more on tried-and-true vehicles in its line up such as the Z sports car and the GT-R.
However, according to insider sources, the Nissan IDx concept will live on in part as several design elements will be featured in the next-generation Z car.
The next Nissan Z could simply be called "Z" if new rumors are to be believed.
The traditional nomenclature in non-Japanese markets has been to include the engine displacement in the naming scheme. However, indications that a smaller engine will be offered in the next-generation Z car puts this in doubt, as the 200Z does not have the same ring to it as the 370Z.
"We [will] definitely keep the Z name, but when we did 350 to 370 it was because of the capacity, but who says the next-generation doesn't have three engines and its not just called Z?"
Will the next Nissan 370Z successor be offered with multiple engines?
According to recent rumors, the answer is yes. Speaking at the Nismo Festival in Mount Fuji, Japan, Roel de Vries, Nissan's corporate vice president and global head of marketing and brand strategy, said that there is opportunity for multiple engines for this car:
“Can you sell a V6 [370Z] in Europe? No. Does that mean the next Z will have a V6 [for Europe]? No, of course we are not going to do that.” de Vries told CarAdvice.
“[But] there’s still an audience that wants a six-cylinder engine, so why should we give it up? That’s all part of on going studies.”
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