Nissan Z35 Forum : NissanZ35.com
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.”
New reports suggest that Nissan's next Z car will be called the Z35 and be powered by a choice of V6 and 4 Cylinder Engines.
Rumor is that Nissan bosses want to phase out the V-6 eventually, but the company feels it has to "wean" the motoring public off the six cylinder, which has been its mainstay powerplant since the very beginning, and switch to a more fuel-efficient four.
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