It’s on, and it’s off. Then it’s on and it’s off again. But now we have news that it’s definitely on. We are talking about Nissan Z!
Fourteen years since the launch of the 370Z, Nissan has finally confirmed a replacement model is on its way. The announcement was made discretely in a new video published today on the company’s official YouTube channel. Titled ‘Nissan Next: From A to Z’, the video teases all the new models that Nissan will introduce in the next 18 months, from the production version of the Ariya and next-generation Navara to the new Qashqai and updated Patrol. It ends with what we have all been waiting for – the next-generation, all-new Z sports car.
If that’s not convincing enough that the Z gets to live for another generation, then the new Z logo, used as the letter ‘Z’ in the video’s title, might.
The new car will reportedly carry the 400Z badge, which denotes its output of 400 HP (298kW) courtesy of a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 donated by the Infiniti Q60.
It is good for a 0-100km/h of 5.0 seconds in the Q60 but since the 400Z will be lighter, it is expected to be quicker.
Besides donating its powertrain, the Q60 will also share its rear-drive platform with the new Z sports car, as Nissan cannot justify developing an all-new architecture for what is a relatively low volume vehicle.
Check out the video below.