Nissan’s new Z concept will go on sale in 2019 and will be a car that German rivals will find hard to catch. A new version of Nissan’s legendary Z-car is coming.
Nissan will reveal a next-generation Z concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show in November 2017. The production car will be powered by a range of powertrains that will challenge the best cars from Germany.
The new Z concept will adopt similar proportions to the current Nissan 370Z coupe and, as our illustration reveals, it will get its long-awaited redesign.
As we’ve already mentioned, it is expected that the new Z concept and production car will have similar proportions to the outgoing coupe. Thus, the new Z will adopt an edgier styling language – a gaping front end and will ride on a shorter wheelbase courtesy of the Infiniti Q60’s FR-L platform.
Under the skin, the new model will be featuring twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, borrowed from the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport mated to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. It is said to punch out 400 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque at 1600 rpm. If this version meets those expectations, it could put the Nissan neck and neck with rivals such as BMW’s M2 and Porsche’s 718 Boxster S.
In addition to the entry-level, we hear that Nissan is working on a hybrid alternative that could make the Z the most powerful model in its class. This version would have the same 3.0-litre V6 paired with a 160bhp electric motor for a combined 500bhp output.
New Z is expected to come in showrooms by 2019, with the base model priced in the low-$30,000 range and the twin-turbo nearing $50K.