The Nissan 370Z, along with the GT-R, is one of the oldest sports cars in their respective classes. The GT-R, with its geeky AWD system and 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6, remains competitive in its class. The 370Z, on the other hand, is definitely in need of an update. Thankfully, a next-generation Nissan Z sports car is currently under development and a teaser of it has just been released by the Japanese automaker.
This next-generation Nissan Z sports car still does not have a name. Throughout its history, the numbers of the Z sports car line-up was meant to highlight the engine’s displacement. 370Z means it has a 3.7-liter V6 while 350Z means it has a 3.5-liter V6. For the next-generation model, reports from various sources are saying that it could be called the 400Z. However, due to more stringent global emission regulations, this most likely would not mean it has a 4.0-liter engine under the hood. The 400 could mean that the new engine–most likely turbocharged–will produce 400 horsepower. If that’s the case, then Nissan will most likely utilize the 400-horsepower twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 used in the Infiniti Q60.
We still have no idea what the next Nissan Z sports car will look like–until now. Nissan has announced in its transformation plan for the 2020-2023 fiscal year that it will launch 12 new cars in the next 18 months. This includes the all-new Z sports car, and through a teaser video that the Japanese automaker has released, we now finally have a glimpse of what it will look like.
It seems the upcoming Nissan Z sports car is a return to form to the classic shape of the original 240Z, albeit with a modern interpretation. The headlamps, for instance, are circular in shape, harking back to the first-generation model. Of course, these headlights are in LEDs and feature twin semi-circular LED daytime running lights. The overall silhouette also harks back to the 240Z, featuring a leaner, less bulbous design.
Apart from the next-generation Nissan Z sports car, the Japanese automaker will launch the next-generation X-Trail this June, while the Ariya electric SUV and Infiniti QX55 compact luxury SUV will be unveiled in the coming months.