Wednesday, December 2, 2020
News Nissan 400Z Will Be Electrified In The Near Future

Nissan 400Z Will Be Electrified In The Near Future

We’re getting closer to getting a clear picture of the Nissan 400Z’s future, including electrification.


  • The plan is looking like an ICE at first, followed by some form of electrification.

  • The next-generation Z car is part of Nissan’s plans for 12 new models over 18 months’ time.


There’s no need to explain how important the Nissan Z car is for the company, especially in North America. The original Fairlady Z more or less put the Datsun/Nissan name on people’s lips and it needs to remain there. A new electrified, or hybrid, Nissan 400Z would certainly do that.

Next Nissan Z Car Production Could Start September 2021

Speculation about the Nissan Z car’s future has been both negative and positive. Early last month, doubts about the car’s return were put to bed as Nissan shared a video in which a compact sporty 2-door is clearly visible. Everyone seems to agree that “400Z” will be its given name, at least at first.

More than likely, the non-electrified 400Z will be powered by Nissan’s twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 (VR30DDTT) that develops 400 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque in the Infiniti Q50 I-LINE Red Sport.

2021 Nissan 400Z teaser

What carsales has discovered, by prompting Nissan’s vice-president of global product strategy, Ivan Espinosa, is that electrification is on the menu:

“What I can tell you is I still see space for two different things. Probably in the short term you can still see a bit more conventional technology coming. By conventional I mean maybe still ICE driven, maybe with some electrification on the sports cars,” He adds: “But we still see space for a bit more innovation in the ICE field and in the mid/long term you could start hearing from Nissan maybe exploring on the sports cars with electrification.”

If this turns out to be true, then the Nissan 400Z car has a bright future ahead of it.

Nissan 400Z Roadster Rendering
Nissan 400Z Roadster Rendering | Photo: Nicolas Cavero via FutureCarsNow

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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