By on March 19, 2018

2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition previewed at New York Internat - Image: Nissan

Taking all of this with a huge grain of salt, as future plans at many manufacturers are often more fluid than the salty Atlantic Ocean, reports are surfacing of Nissan forging ahead with a new Z. And it’s not a crossover.

According to the UK outlet Autocar, Nissan will display a concept Z at this year’s Tokyo show in October*, with a production version showing up a year later in L.A.

Citing knowledge from “insiders,” the new car is slated to appear in coupe and convertible form, packing a version of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 found in the Q60. It may be called the 400Z, which up until now I thought was a unit of measure for frosty beer mugs.

Thanks to Johan de Nysschen’s penchant for the letter Q, I had to go and reconfirm the Q60’s stature in the Infiniti hierarchy. Possessing this engine between its fenders, the 3.0t Sport trim makes 300 horsepower from the 24-valve six-pot while the Red Sport 400 cranks the wick up to, well, 400 hp. Explains the numerical addendum to its nomenclature, then. It also explains the potential 400Z nameplate. Torque is 295 lb-ft and 350 lb-ft on the two versions, respectively.

The more powerful Red Sport is also available with power shunted to all four wheels, a $2,000 premium. Rear-drive versions of the car have a staggered tire size, 20-inchers measuring 255/35 in the front and 275/30 in the rear. They are thin veneers of black paint around aluminium alloy wheels, then.

Infiniti bills the suspension on all three of these Q60 variants as a “dynamic digital” setup, with electronically controlled shock absorbers provide high damping force at low frequency vibrations and low damping force at high frequency vibrations. The latter is purported to smooth out the ride with the other is intended to keep things flat when exploring the envelope’s edge.

For comparison purposes, the Q60 is 184.4 inches long, 72.8 inches wide, and stands 54.5 inches tall. Today’s Z checks in at 167.5, 72.6, and 51.8 inches for the same measurements. If these predictions hold true, we’ll be looking at a much larger Z car. Wheelbase is eight inches more as well.

Sales of the existing 370Z have hovered around 7,000 units annually since calendar year 2011 except for last year when only 4,614 of the machines departed dealer lots. With the current Zed long overdue for a refresh, these rumours do have a certain believability to them.

*Another grain of salt arises from the fact the bi-annual Tokyo Auto Show isn’t held until October 2019.

[Image: Nissan]

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16 Comments on “PredictionZ: Nissan Could Be Working on a New Z...”

  • avatar

    Nissan will probably roll out some type of CU”Z”, just ‘cuz.

  • avatar

    Makes some sense. The Q60 already exists.

    Around $36K on a 400hp ‘400Z’ with backseats, RWD, a conventional suspension, and a manual transmission wouldn’t be hard to do. Around $40K for automatic ones and a little under $50K for a Nismo version.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    Hopefully, it won’t be a croZZover. I have nothing against crossovers, but the Z shouldn’t be one.

  • avatar

    Waste of time in this market, IMO, and I say this as a former Z and current G owner.

    Actually, maybe just a waste of time period. The G (admittedly with modifications) is about 95% as fun as the Z while being 500% more practical and livable. And in my experience neither Nissan’s 6MT or 7AT are good choices. They both need big overhauls and are probably the worst transmissions in their class. Against the ZF8 or pretty much any manual box they are very bigly bad.

    • 0 avatar

      Nissan being Nissan, they’ll probably put a minivan CVT in it and think they’re doing the world a favor.

    • 0 avatar

      Totally agree on the transmission. The 6MT in the Z is an abomination. Mine is actually on its third such transmission. Terrible shift feel and a propensity to self-destruct. I thought manual transmissions were supposed to be easy?

      • 0 avatar
        bumpy ii

        At some point it might be easier to just drop a FS5R30A in there.

      • 0 avatar

        I’m on the second tranny in my Z but it grinds 5th occasional so a third can’t be far away. Its notchy, difficult to get in when cold and the clutch is heavy, a marked difference from silk smooth Honda’s I owned before. The early Z33s were known for their bad synchros so I kind of expected it… but as mentioned a manual box should be bullet proof these days. The 7AT in the wife’s Q60 seems fine, it ain’t a dual clutch or PDK, but I have nothing to complain about (yet).

        • 0 avatar

          Oddly the only problem I had with my Z from ~160-190K miles was something in the clutch hydraulics going bad. Cheap visit to the dealer set me right. But the 1-2 shift demanded patience.

  • avatar

    As I said in the earlier post of this rumor it makes sense to reskin the Q60 coupe. However the Z needs to lose weight and not get any bigger. One of the reason I love my Z is it’s size. I’d love if they would just drop the 400 HP twin turbo into the current 370, tweak the look a little and keep the price down. However that is even less likely to happen.

  • avatar
    Gail Bloxham

    Nice tires. For that reason alone it should be a real hit.
    Low profiles are so good at not peeling completely off when even just 15 psi low.
    So good at working with the suspension up keep things safe.
    So utterly ridiculous.
    The thin metal band around the wooden wheels
    of an old stagecoach were called tires. Not much different from
    the tires described here.
    Any chance of a factory option for real tires?
    Fat chance – slim chance.
    Why are those two things supposed to mean the same thing?

  • avatar

    Digital Suspension works, absolutely does. Hopefully they give it to the Nissan at least as an option.

  • avatar

    If the rumors are true, Nissan is drinking from the poison chalice of add weight and complicate. Nissan has a couple of different ways it can go, none of them involve borrowing a boosted Infiniti V6.

    Nissan can build a new inline-6, which will generate buzz in Nismo circles, and it will screw with Toyota who are supposedly one day going to build an inline-6 Supra. Nissan can steal their thunder, and move the GTR back to it’s old inline-6 format. The Z will become they GTR’s RWD naturally aspirated brother. Simplify.

    Nissan can move down into Miata territory by building something with a longitudinal inline-4. That will generate a little bit of buzz. Reduce weight and possibly simplify.

    Nissan can be crazy, and put a VK56 under the hood and throw some shade at American sportscars and muscle cars. Simplify.

  • avatar

    In my eyes recipe to make better “new” Z-car is simple. Use Z370 insides & put them in 350Z like body, w/o those overdone front and taillights and fat juke-ish porker rear arches. Bring back classic looks of clean lines. It will even help to stand out among too busy with small details modern designs of most manufacturers.

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