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Next Nissan Z To Get Lighter, Debut In 2014

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On: Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 2:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


Next Nissan Z To Get Lighter, Debut In 2014

The trend with the Nissan Z has always been to go larger: larger engine, larger output and larger model number. Nissan is on the brink of reversing that trend with the next generation Z. It will cut weight, add a smaller engine and try to broaden the sport car's appeal.

According to a conversation between Inside Line and Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura, a concept version of the next generation Z is under development. Nissan wants the next generation Z to enjoy more success than the current 370 Z has. In order to do so, Nissan will shave some of the 370 Z's 3,300 lbs. to make a lighter, presumably more fuel efficient sports car.

Inside Line's report also indicates that Nissan will replace the current 3.7-liter V-6 with something smaller, possibly a turbocharged four-cylinder. That brings about an interesting naming dilemma. Since debuting more than 40 years ago, Z models have taken their number designations from the displacement of the engine. The displacement has gradually risen over the past four decades - from 2.4 liters on the original 240Z to the current 3.7 liters on the 370Z - creating an upward trend. With word of a smaller turbo engine, it looks like the trend will be reversed. Maybe they can cut it down to 2.4-liters as a sort of heritage model. Whatever the case, it sounds like the next model number will be forced out of the current naming structure.

The move to a turbo four also threatens to incense purists. The Z has always used a six-cylinder engine, and some might not be too keen on downsizing.

While it's too early for a firm date, the report says the new Z could be introduced as a concept model as early as the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.




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Z370Z | 12:54PM (Sat, Jul 21, 2012)

DO NOT DOWNSIZE THE Z TO A 4 CYLINDER!!! It's a BIG mistake. ! No one wants a 4 cylinder Z!!! The current 2012 370Z is the best Z ever made!!!

NO ONE WANTS A HYBRID Z EITHER!!!

NO ONE WANTS A MERCEDES POWERED Z EITHER!!! If want a Benz (which I don't and never will) I'll buy a Benz.



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