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
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...
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...
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.