Saturday, February 22, 2020
News Rumours Have It That The Next Nissan Z Car Will Go Retro

Rumours Have It That The Next Nissan Z Car Will Go Retro

If the next-generation Nissan Z car goes retro, odds are it will be successful.

  • The stories goes that the front end will look like the 240Z.
  • The 300ZX’s rear would serve as inspiration for the new rear.
  • An Infiniti-sourced twin-turbo V6 would power the car.

Although not as big as the Chevy Corvette or have as big a cult following as the Toyota Supra, the next generation of Nissan’s Z car is shaping up to be one of the car stories of 2020. Rumours about the car circulated last year with test-mule shots and a few other stories but this may be the most concrete bit of news yet.

Autoblog has reported that a source revealed to them that the replacement for the Nissan 370Z will be a throwback car much like what Ford did for the 2005 Mustang – we all know how well that went.

The report states that the new car’s front end will be heavily influenced by the first Z, the 240 Z, and get a modern interpretation of the square mount and round headlights. At the other end, the new Z would get taillights reminiscent of the superb 1990 300ZX.

Obviously, this new Nissan will finally get a modern interior with an actual infotainment system. The real question is what will power the new retro Z?

Thankfully, Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury brand across the hall, has a lovely twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 which could easily deliver 400-horsepower for a regular Z and, apparently close to 500-horsepower for a Nismo version. A 9-speed automatic and a 6-speed manual would handle transmission duties.

There’s no solid timeline for the new Z Nissan plans to launch 12 new products in the next 20 months. At least four of those are Infiniti vehicles, including a new QX60 which means a new Pathfinder is on the way. As Autoblog says, and given 2019 sales results, Nissan may opt to delay the car further… If not, we’re guessing early 2021.

2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Nissan

2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Nissan

2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Nissan

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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 1,400 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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