You read the title correctly, Nissan is finally releasing long awaited details on the replacement for the 370z, which hasn’t been updated since 2009! Without even reading over the details it’s a safe bet that we will get a rear wheel drive, front engine coupe and convertible. The big question is what power plant Nissan will choose, with many armchair enthusiasts expecting the twin turbo V6 that can be found in the Infiniti Q50 and Q60, which is capable of producing a healthy 400hp.
So far, absent is a manual transmission option, with Nissan informing us that the only transmission available will be a seven speed automatic. While this will surely be a disappointment to many, we have to remember how far automatic transmissions have come in the last several years. Gone are the days of sluggish gear boxes that struggle to find the proper gears, replaced by dual clutch automatics that are far quicker at shifting than any traditional manual. Nissan did tease a six speed manual transmission in its SEMA car this year, but as of yet are staying pretty quiet on the possibilities in the future.
As per usual, the upcoming Nissan sports coupe will land as a direct competitor for the Ford Mustang, Toyota Supra, and Chevy Camaro, which means it will probably start at around $32k for a base model. Many have expressed a desire for an all-wheel drive option, however that doesnt seem to be something Nissan will offer, possibly because that would create an overlap between the 370z and the flagship GTR.
What do you guys think of the rendering below? It seems to share a striking resemblance to the Subaru BRZ/Frs and even the new Supra. Since the introduction of the Z car way back in 1969 there has been an ever growing cult following, creating generations of die hard fans across the world. That being said, we think Nissan will be selling plenty of whatever it is they decide to release.
Let us know what you think in the comments!