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.