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Nissan is preparing an 86/BRZ rival

By FaezClutchless on 24 Jul 2012

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Sales numbers for the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ has proven that the car is big hit with the consumers and it is not surprising that other automakers are taking notes about it. It is reported that Nissan is developing its own sports coupe to compete with Toyota and Subaru after been given the green light.

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This is not the first time Nissan has plans to develop a compact sports model. In 2008, Nissan was working on a 200SX/Silvia successor but the world economy at that time doesn't look too good and the idea was shelved. Now, a good question to ask is; how will the car look like?

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During last year's Shanghai Motor Show, Nissan unveiled a concept known as the Nissan Sport Compact Concept. It was rather small in size and it was dubbed the Nissan March on steroids. It gets a 1.6-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine that delivers 190bhp and a torque of 240Nm; most probably the same engine from the Nissan Juke.

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It is rumoured that the car will built on the Nissan Juke's platform and the project is known as the "Mini-Z" within the company. Since it is going to be built on the Juke's platform, the car could be either in front wheel drive or four wheel drive. If the same engine shown in the concept is chosen, then the car will have around 10 horsepower lesser than the 86/BRZ but with more torque.

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With Nissan planning to start production of the car in the fourth quarter of next year, expect to see a concept version of it by early next year.

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Written by FaezClutchless
Some say that his blood is actually RON98 petrol and some say that his right foot weighs over 20kg. But all that we know about Faez is that he loves to drive and is a JDM enthusiast.

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Cavver Jul 24 2012 09:32 PM
It look soft if put together with the GT86 n BRZ
Hosaybo Jul 24 2012 10:15 PM
Its cute.... Not sporty
I_RIDE_DEEP Jul 25 2012 02:58 PM
I think 370z already is in that category
Soran Jul 26 2012 08:57 PM
From a SG context it already fails with that turbo engine from the Juke

A miserable 18 extra CC means it pays Cat B COE instead of Cat A.
Lazymayday Jul 29 2012 11:00 PM
nissan will lose more $$ again
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