Good news! Nissan has started testing the 370Z replacement
Let's face it, the 370Z is getting very old and cannot compete with modern rivals such as the Audi TT and BMW M2. Nissan know's this and are in the works of developing a next-generation Z car, which we reckon will be called the 400Z. Nissan are also aiming for the big boys, with a test mule of the next Z car being testing alongside a Toyota GR Supra. So what's going on?
It's worth noting that the '400Z' is still very early on in development which is why it's just a 370Z with with some holes and matte paint for now. Speaking of holes, the engineers at Nissan have added numerous holes for additional cooling for the new engine.
A new engine you may ask? The engine in question will be the VR30DDTT twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 found in the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport meaning the '400Z' will probably produce 400bhp that will be sent to the rear wheels. Compared to its closest rivals, the '400Z' will be up on horsepower; 65bhp more than the GR Supra and 39bhp more than the Porsche Cayman GTS. There are also rumours of an AWD version, along with a NISMO variant.
What else do we know about the '400Z'? The thing is, Nissan is being annoyingly tight-lipped about the new car, neither confirming or not if they are working on a 370Z replacement.
Nissan product planning boss Ivan Espinosa was asked at the Tokyo Motor Show if he knew anything interesting about the 370Z and GT-R replacements, but he only stated, "The two sports cars are at the heart of Nissan, and we are actively looking at and working on them.”
An educated guess would be that Nissan is likely going to reveal a concept next year for the '400Z', along with a preview of the next-gen GT-R with a production-ready prototype appearing at the 2020 Tokyo Motor Show, and then production models appearing in 2021 at the earliest. When it comes to the '400Z', expect it to share lots of parts with the Infiniti Q60, as the Nissan 350Z/370Z shared their platform with the Infiniti G35/G37 Coupe.