Nissan’s head of design, Shiro Nakamura, has mentioned that in order for the next Z car to have a stronger impact, the car should go “leaner.” Currently, the company is working on a smaller Z car, both in terms of size and weight. Nakamura also mentioned that the car is still at an early stage in the design process but a concept version will be ready for next year’s Detroit Auto Show.
Nakamura also added that the car cannot be any larger than it is right now. It is at its maximum size and it should go leaner. It also should be lighter and more accessible in order to open the door to more people.
A leaner Z car could mean that it may come with a turbocharged engine, most probably a four cylinder engine. Although the engine might have lesser cylinders (the Z car has always come with a six cylinder engine), a turbocharged four cylinder can be tuned to offer similar level of performance of the current model while offering better fuel economy.
It is expected that the next Z car will hit the showrooms as a 2015 year model.
What do I think of this? I am alright with the smaller size and turbocharged four cylinder engine. But what will Nissan name the new model? The Z cars have always been named after the model’s engine displacement size (350Z has a 3.5 litre engine, 300ZX gets a 3.0 litre engine and etc.). We’ll just have to wait and see how this turns out.
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