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Nissan 370Z's successor with be smaller, lighter and cleaner

By SYF77 on 11 Aug 2012

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The current Nissan 370Z has been around since 2008. Hence, it is about time that we should start to hear some rumors regarding the Japanese 2-door coupe’s replacement.

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Nissan’s Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Design and Brand Management, Shiro Nakamura, said that the next-generation Z-car will have to be leaner in order to appeal to a wider range of buyers. Nakamura was also quoted saying that work has already started on a concept version of the new Z-car and could appear at a major motor show in 2014.

Interestingly, the successor of the Nissan 370Z is expected to ditch the 3.7-litre V6 for a powerful 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that will provide a similar level of performance. This is partly helped by a lower curb weight of the new car which will also smaller in physical size than it predecessor.

Due to a downsized engine, the 2014 Fairlady will enjoy greater fuel efficiency with lower CO2 emissions. Perhaps, to capture a “wider range of buyers” as suggested by Nakamura, Nissan could consider equipping the base Fairlady with the 188bhp MR16DDT engine that is currently powering the Nissan Juke.

There had been speculation that Nissan would produce a replacement for the 200SX to rival the Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ. However, with the Z-car going leaner and smaller, one will wonder if that is necessary.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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