NISMO chief product specialist Hiroshi Tamura has revealed the company will eventually offer a 370Z successor.
Speaking to Motoring, Tamura downplayed rumors that the Gripz concept indicates the next-generation Z will be a crossover. As he explained, he doesn't want the Gripz to replace the 370Z but he hinted the two models could be based on the same platform and share components. The move would help to reduce development costs which is critical as sports cars such as the 370Z have limited appeal and aren't particularly profitable.
Tamura went on to suggest the next-generation Z will be a more mainstream model that will likely be smaller and more fuel-efficient than its predecessor. The car is also expected to be more affordable which could go a long way in increasing its appeal. The current model starts at $29,990 which is significantly more expensive than rivals such as the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang.
Tamura declined to say when the 370Z successor will arrive but sources have told the publication the model is at least two years away.