Next Nissan Z Likely to Have Multiple Engine Options
There’s been a lot of speculation about Nissan’s next-generation Z sports car, but now a senior executive at the firm has hinted at multiple engine options to maximise appeal.
In an attempt to appeal to as many markets as possible, Nissan could release the successor to its 370Z with a choice of engine options. That’s because that while the V6 is a solid motor, its thirsty nature makes it a difficult engine to promote in Europe.
Furthermore, modern technology means that car manufacturers can achieve the same amount of power from much smaller turbo-charged engines. With that in mind, does it not then make sense to offer your next Z car with a variety of engine choices?
Speaking exclusively to Australia’s Car Advice, Nissan’s corporate vice president and global head of marketing and brand strategy Roel de Vries explained further.
He highlighted the European V6 problem, but then recognised that there’s still very much an audience that the engine appeals to. Therefore, it’s likely that we can expect to see both a six-cylinder and four-cylinder turbo engine. It’s also thought that Nissan will release a base model that features a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine.
If such a base model transpires, are we going to see a Nissan Z car that competes with the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ on price? Maybe…
But there will undoubtedly be some purists who won’t embrace Nissan’s plans with open arms. After all, a V6 engine has become synonymous with the 370Z and anything less would detract from its appeal right? Not according to Roel de Vries:
“I think an engine is never a need or must, because what you need is to deliver on what the car stands for and if the 370Z stands for real performance and real driving I think it doesn’t need a V6 to do that”.
The final question that remains is what the new model will be called? The ‘Z’ is certain to stay but the ‘370’ part will no longer be relevant across the range. Perhaps we’ll see a car that comes to be known as simply ‘Z’.
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