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I've been hearing 1 of 2 things for the "Z35" for a couple years now because of the Z34's Sales.
#1. It'll be smaller, true to it's roots.
#2. Hiatus Time.......again
This is just the latest "talks" I've seen.
Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S got you excited? Well, it appears the new Toyobaru twins might be moving the needle at other automakers, too. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the pair may have challenged Nissan to once again reinvestigate its on-again, off-again plans for an affordable, lightweight sports coupe of its own. Nissan's Chief Creative Officer, Shiro Nakamura, says his employer is looking at downsizing its Z sports car, though it isn't clear if that would mean the Japanese automaker would field two separate Z models or just replace the current 370Z with a smaller, less costly model.
"I much prefer smaller sports car," Nakamura tells the Herald. "It is the time to look at that. With 370Z, we still don't know next generation will have a larger or smaller engine."
If Nissan were to reduce the size of the 370's powerplant, it would be the first time that model's displacement has dropped. Since the Z gets its model designation from the size of its engine (3.7 liter V6), Nissan could have a problem marketing a smaller Z called the 300Z, since the last time a new 300Z was sold in the States was way back in 1986.
More likely would be the revival of long-forgotten nameplates like 200SX or 240SX. Either would almost certainly be direct competition for the Subaru and Scion rear-drive coupes.
Nakamura reminded fans that even if the 370Z loses some cubic inches, Nissan will still have the young but already legendary GT-R. When asked if Nissan would be willing to support three sports cars, Nakamura says, "If there is a market, we will do it."
"Smaller"?IMO,this means a possible smaller displacement engine with MORE power.
Basically thats where most manufacturers are going.The size of the Z will not get smaller.
It will get lighter.
Don't put too much credence in this comments from Nissan.When you reread them,they
are very vague..."subject to change".I do see a possibility of a turbo in the neXt platform Z.The system used in the Juke,albeit larger is pretty cool.
I foresee styling in the "new" Z (and many other cars)becoming more crisp...sharp edges.
More of a "stealth" look like the new Lamborghini A.
Personally, If the VQ35HR woulda never existed and the "Normal" 370Z had the 350HP out the box that the Nismo 370Z has - That woulda been a proper leap forward.
287hp (pre SAE.....more like 260, 270ish nowadays) to 350hp (post SAE) - then keep in tune with '03 350Z pricing (25K for the base model!!!)
Yeah the 370 woulda sold hotcakes IMO, It's a good car as is but I don't feel 370Z was a huge leap up - more like a refresh and then the Neo Muscle Car Era happened and, Joe Shmoe only cares about looks, sounds and a name.......not performance and handling.
I know for certain that a Nismo 370Z or a 370Z Sport/Touring will be my next car.
Last edited by Houston Z33; 04-11-2012 at 08:22 PM.
It makes perfect sense to shoot for another market... after all the Z isn't as fast as a Mustang(same price demographic) but is faster than a FT86.
Nissan killed the 300Z and introduced the 200SX. Why? Because the 300Z grew into a fat touring pig. Same eventual fate for the 370Z. You cannot continue to keep adding cubic inches without adding weight. So by-by 370Z hello 270SX.
Actually Nissan refers to the Maxima as its flagship.
True, I should have worded it different. Nissan's Iconic sports car. I still think Nissan should bump up the power and if it is a little more than the equivalent Mustang/Camaro, so be it. It was that way for the 300ZTT back in the 90's. Time will tell...