Nissan has green-lit a successor to the 370Z - and it will be packing a 475bhp V6

It’s official – the Z car is back

3y ago

Finally, all our JDM prayers have been answered – the next generation Z car will return in 2020, some 50 years after the very first Z badged model.

Could it get the 400Z name?

According to insiders, the new car could wear the 400Z name as a natural progression from the outgoing 370Z - which has been with us now almost since the dawn of mankind.

Codenamed 'Z35' internally, this new model will be twinned with the next Infiniti Q60, sharing its rear-wheel-drive chassis, engines and hardware. This is according to Autocar, who initially reported the new Z model was in doubt due to carmakers struggling to make a profit in the sports car sector. But thanks to key supporters of the project at Nissan, it will now make production.

A new age of turbocharged power

Nissan has finally had to do away with the traditional naming convention which was based on engine capacity. With power coming from a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, the new Z model is expected to run a similar state of tune to its Q60 sibling, which produces 399bhp and 350lb-ft of torque.

The 370Z Nismo - without a turbo in sight...

The 370Z Nismo - without a turbo in sight...

This will represent a massive power bump for the new model - with the current 370Z having to make do with just 323bhp and 268lb-ft of torque from its ageing 3.7-litre V6 powerplant.

The Nismo model will be a full-on fire-breather

If all of this (alleged) 400Z greatness still isn’t enough for you, then Nissan will be giving the world an even faster Nismo tuned model.

Due to arrive in 2021, this beefed up car will feature four-wheel-drive and tweaks to the 3.0-litre twin-turbo motor giving it 475bhp and 451lb-ft of torque.

A new Nismo model with more power - yes please...

A new Nismo model with more power - yes please...

The new Z car is expected to break cover in concept form at the 2018 Toyko motor show this October. Nissan then plans to unveil the final production model at the 2019 Los Angeles motor show before it hits the streets in 2020.

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Comments (16)

  • Oh dear me. This is a game changer! This will look great next to my '74 260z in the garage...

      3 years ago
  • OMFG - 475bhp! That's a serious amount of grunt. Can't wait.

      3 years ago
  • Soooo, another 300ZX? We’ll see if it can keep up with my 27 year old version. Lol

      3 years ago
  • I still want the FRICKIN IDX to be made...

      3 years ago
    • Still no info on a new Silvia or 240sx either. They letting Toyota run away with the FT-86

        3 years ago
  • Please make it a proper retro sports car, not a crossover or 4-door coupe!

      3 years ago
    • I think it will be! They already have successful crossovers and SUV's. They bill the Altima as a 4 door sports car. I'm thinking it'll be a standard coupe!

        3 years ago