Next-Gen Nissan Z Could Have a Hybrid Engine, Targa Top
Nissan’s Z car lineup is one of the most historic monikers in the industry. Spanning two brands and a number of sporty coupes, lately, Z seems to have lost its footing in the market. But fear not, Nissan knows a new Z is inevitable, and it’s (allegedly) in the process of building one. According to Motoring, the seventh generation Z — aka, Z35 — will be sharper and more precise than the model it replaces. It’s even going to be lighter and have a smaller, yet more powerful engine. But that’s not even the most interesting part. PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo
Nissan will push the new Z to be more of a “global” sportscar than ever before. The new platform will be designed with a retractable hard-top roof a la BMW Z4 and Mazda MX-5, or even a targa top. The new look will go along with the aforementioned smaller engine, likely a turbo 2.0-liter as a base, and a hybrid engine following right after that.
As for the top of the range, things get even more interesting. The report says that Nissan will use a Mercedes-sourced 3.0-liter V6 that should produce about 330 horsepower. This rumor likely stems from the Mercedes-Nissan partnership signed back in 2011.
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As with any rumor, we’ll take this with a grain of salt. But if all this turns out to be true, we could be seeing the return of the Z car we know and love. And that’s a good thing.
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