- 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.
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.