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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.”
In case you missed it, here is a look back to 2012 when car nut Jay leno visited Nissan's design offices and talked to Nissan Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura about the 240Z and the next Z sports car.
At the time, there was mention that Nissan would have some Z related news next year (2013) to celebrate Nissan's 80 year anniversary.
The most interesting part of the video was the preview of some sketches on a graphics board that possibly hinted at some of the designs being considered for the next Z car.
Fresh rumors indicate that the next generation Z sports car will be offered with a retractable hard-top.
According to a source close to Nissan, this means that the new Z will get a targa top or even a T-bar roof.
Additionally, there are rumblings that it will be offered with a 2.0L base turbo four-cylinder engine that will have a hybrid unit attached for better economy and performance.
Earlier this year, former Nissan executive Andy Palmer reiterated the company's commitment to the Z platform, stating:
“I anticipate the ‘Z’ will always be there as will be the GT-R, and I anticipate there will be two book-ends, the IDx on one side and the Bladeglider [electric vehicle concept] on the other.”
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