By on February 4, 2017

2016 Nissan 370Z NISMO, Image: Nissan

Nissan is finally ready to give us a look at the next-generation Z sports car — and just in time, too.

According to a report from Japan’s Best Car magazine, the Japanese automaker will unveil a Z concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in October. Earlier rumors suggested a next-generation Z car could take the form of a crossover, based on Nissan UK’s Gripz Concept, but it seems it’ll be a traditional rear-wheel-drive coupe with similar proportions to the current car.

In terms of design, the Z is expected to adopt a more aggressive style, pulling inspiration from the potent GT-R. The rumor suggests it will ride on a shorter wheelbase borrowed from the Infiniti Q60’s FR-L platform.

That means you shouldn’t be surprised to see it share powerplants with the Q60, including its 400-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine found in the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport that could serve as the heart of a future Nismo model. Also rumored is an entry-level 3.0-liter V6 with 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, and a hybrid powertrain using the same engine and an electric motor to generate more than 500 hp. Nissan will likely offer a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic for some models.

The current Nissan 370Z has been on the market for more than eight years and it’s long overdue for a makeover. Full-year sales for the Z in 2016 were at their lowest point in at least 14 years, down 20 percent versus 2015 to 5,913 units, according to GoodCarBadCar. Sales of the current 370Z peaked in 2009, it’s first full year on sale, at 13,117 units. North of the border, Z sales surged in 2016 to 932 units, which is the greatest number of Z’s Nissan has sold in Canada since 2004.

The next-generation Nissan Z should arrive by 2019.

A version of this article originally appeared on AutoGuide.

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27 Comments on “Next-Generation Nissan Z Rumored For Tokyo – And Just In Time, Too...”

  • avatar

    That’s nice to see, there were HorsepowerKings level rumors going around that the new Z would be a TTV6 hybrid with the usual plethora of bench racing favorites like AWD with a DSG transmission and 500+ horsepower.

    I always find it weird people put forth a grab bag of expensive technologies like this (invariably they want the car to have a carbon fiber tub to keep weight at a minimum ) for their favorite car and then expect it to be entirely affordable so they can go out and race cars costing 5 to 10 times as much.

    Nothing wrong with a basic powertrain and chassis wrapped in some nice sheet metal (I have my doubts with Nissan on this point) and tuned accordingly in a somewhat affordable package.

  • avatar

    Any word on if it would keep a proper manual available as an option, even with the 300 hp engine? With the demise of the V-6 Mustang and Genesis Coupe, that would actually be a compelling car, with only the V-6 Camaro as competition.

  • avatar

    Renault v6, with shute head gaskets. Variable compression with fiat air.

    Bring back the Chevy 2.8 v6.

  • avatar

    Honestly I’d rather see the return of the Silvia. An econo RWD sports sedan with tuning potential would be a lot more interesting

    • 0 avatar

      They made a helluva concept, to quote Vanilla, (the iDX)

      but they killed it for…
      MORE CUVS!

    • 0 avatar

      Unfortunately, between the poor sales of sports cars and coupes, especially the similar Toyobaru twins, I can’t blame Nissan for not seeing a viable market for a low margin low volume car on a likely bespoke platform. I’m sure they’ll see a better return on the $5 billion or so it would cost to develop the car putting it into the Rogue as incentives or development. A 5-10% increase in Rogue sales would be more than any potential Silvia could generate on its own.

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    Pretty sure the new 300z will be a 4 cyl. turbo and is a spiritual successor to the Silvia… 2+2 rwd coupe around 3,200lb.

    I would be flabbergasted if there’s no manual.

    • 0 avatar

      3.0L I-4? That would be, uh, kinda big for a four pot.

      Interesting if they did it with success.
      Don’t think I’ve heard of a I-4 that big before.

      • 0 avatar

        The Porsche 968 had a 3.0 I4 back in ’92.

        • 0 avatar

          ^interesting, thanks.

          Porsche laid the groundwork for Ford’s Duratec V-6 that debuted in 1995 (2.5L, Ford Contour) which became a 3.0L in its most popular form.

          • 0 avatar

            Nissan do 2.0 inline fours in their sleep. This is of course, what they will use in their next sport coupe that isnt a GTR.

            They want to lower the cost of the 350z to Silvia slash GT86 costs to expand their market share.

            They know the 350z has risen to levels where its not competitive so they want to compete at the GT86 end.

          • 0 avatar
            el scotto

            John Taurus, I’m a Ford fan but I’m doubtful about the connection between Porsche and the Duratec.

          • 0 avatar

            @John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N – it’s not a street car engine, it was a race motor, but Ferrari built a series of big 4 cylinder prototypes for Le Mans and other international sports car races. The started out with 3.0L I-4s and were then upped to 3.4L engines. For the 1950s, they had surprisingly good specific output – about 380 hp and supposedly quite a large wallop of low end torque.

      • 0 avatar

        My best friend’s Plymouth Fire Arrow had a 2.6 liter 4 banger back in 1979…

    • 0 avatar

      I’d like to see a 2+2; it would be nice to at least have the option to take more than one person around in a pinch.

  • avatar

    I’m kind of relieved. There is certainly room in the market for something above a Miata with a bit more performance. I hope they will clean up the styling a bit. The current model has some fussy details.

    • 0 avatar

      I’d take a BRZ if trying to gain a leg up from an MX-5. No, not a super fast car, but neither is Miata.

      The Z, on the other hand, damn well better be fast. :)

  • avatar

    The design of the Z-car is looking tired. Hasn’t this design been around since about 2003? Nissan needs to do a complete redesign, like Ford did for the 2015 Mustang.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    It would be nice to see the Z from different angles. It looks rather handsome in the photo.

    It will not be sold in Mustang or Camaro numbers, but it will be competitive and probably offer superior handling and of course safety.

    • 0 avatar

      Plus the development costs paid themselves off literally a decade ago. My big fear with this one is weight…. I had an early 350Z not long ago, and that thing was much more “capable GT” than full on sports car. With the twin turbo engine I feel like it’s gonna be a full on GT… the return of the ZX

  • avatar

    Seems pretty reasonable to use a shortened Q platform and 400HP is nothing to sneeze at, though thousands will. Good thing it is not going to be a cross-over, otherwise I was going to go all Dr. Victor Frankentein and re-animate the body of “Mr. K” and send it to wreak vengeance upon Nissan management.

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    So the SRL-311 (’60s Datsun Roadster) begat the 240Z, which became the 260Z and the 280Z. Then there was the 300ZX, and now we have the 370Z. The next generation is going to be a “crossover”?!
    The genetic line has terminated, to be replaced by a mini Murano. Say it ain’t so, Juro, say it ain’t so!

  • avatar

    Unless you only have one CUV, Nissan (or anyone else for that matter) doesn’t need another CUV. There’s plenty to choose from…you’re not going to steal sales from Automaker X because you have something that they don’t have.

    Just bring out your best efforts and hope for the best.

  • avatar

    Also, really looking forward to the new Z…I might pick up a pre-owned one in the interim (at 6’6″, it’s one of the few sports cars that I can fit comfortably in).

  • avatar

    I was hoping they would downsize the Z and get back to its roots with FRS/BRZ type car but with that same 300 HP turbo V6 stuff in it. The current Q60 is a touch too big (my wife has one now and its spectacular!) so I was hoping for smaller. However it only makes sense to use the new Q as the base since this will be a limited, niche product thus a unique platform ain’t happening.

    The current Z finds itself in a weird no-where land position: its not as light as the FRS/BRZ yet doesn’t have the big HP of the Camaro and Mustang. It needs a direction and a focus. Thankfully Nissan came to their senses and aren’t going with the stupid sporty CUV (GripZ) idea.

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