The automotive industry moves in cycles as styles of vehicles move in and out of fashion. Perhaps as a reaction to the car becoming more and more homogenized into appliances, we’re currently seeing sports cars come back into the limelight. In 2019 we saw two big names hit hard, with the all-new Toyota Supra being launched as well as the mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette. Now we’ve learned that Nissan is bringing out a new Z car, and not before time. The current Nissan 370Z is over 10 years old, and while we still love to drive it, it is overdue it’s retirement. The new Z car will be the 7th generation in an iconic line that stretches back to the Nissan Fairlady Z from 1969. The next generation is expected to be called the 400Z, and here’s everything we have been able to glean about it so far.
Styling: Traditional With A Modern Slant
The only real look we’ve had so far at the new Z car is a silhouette teaser from Nissan, but it gives some details. A short deck and overhang at the back carries on where the 370Z leaves off, but it looks like the hood will be longer to accommodate a larger engine. The “double halo” LED headlights are a styling cue harking back to the iconic 270Z, so expect a more retro inspired design paying homage to previous Z cars. In the meantime, the renderers have already got to work trying to figure out what the finished product will look like. According to the rumor mill, the rectangular grill rather than Nissan’s V-Motion grille on the front of the render below is in the right ballpark.
Engine: More Power Baby!
The current expectation is that the new Z car will share its platform and powertrain with Infiniti’s Q60 Coupe. That means we’re expecting to see a twin-turbo V6 engine, which will need that long hood to cover the extra equipment and plumbing. The Q60’s engine generates 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque for 2020, while the current 370Z’s naturally aspirated V6 makes 332 horsepower with 270 lb-ft of torque.
However, the rumor mill suggests the 400Z will live up to its name with 400hp on tap. That could mean that Nissan will go straight for the 400 hp version of the twin-turbo V6 that is currently only available in the Red Sport badged Q50 and Q60 models. However, don’t rule out the possibility of Nissan bringing out a powerful version of its VC-Turbo (Variable Compression-Turbocharged engine).