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Either way Z sales have been going down. The price of a decently equipped Z is well into the $40k+ range. What Nissan has to offer for the current 370 is no longer competitive. They need to revamp and come out with an updated model.
 

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Nissan’s Next Z Sports Car May Be Delayed


It wasn’t that long ago that Nissan was planning to have a three-tier sports carlineup: the GT-R at the top, a new Z sports car in the middle and an entry-level model based on 2013's funky IDx concepts targeting younger buyers. Limited demand for sporty coupes, especially after the first year or two on the market, got Nissan rethinking it plans, however.

The last we heard was that the automaker was planning to keep the GT-R as a halo model while the next Z sports car would be downsized into a smaller, more accessible model straddling the gap between the current 370Z and the IDx concepts. Unfortunately, this change in plans is likely to lead to a delayed arrival for the next Z.

Speaking with Australia’s Drive, Nissan design chief and senior vice president Shiro Nakamura said there could be a gap between the end of production of the 370Z, currently entering its eighth year on the market, and its eventual replacement. You may recall that there was a similar gap between the 300ZX of the 1990s and the repositioned 350Z launched last decade.

“We haven't decided anything about the next-generation Z, whether it should be larger or have more power,” Nakamura explained. “We need to take another pass.”

A likely scenario for the next Z is a switch from the current 3.7-liter V-6 of the 370Z to a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It will also likely be a strict two-seater, to further differentiate it from the GT-R, and the convertible option will almost certainly remain. What isn’t clear at this point is when we might see the new car in showrooms.

Note: Nissan Esflow concept pictured above.
http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1026371_nissans-next-z-sports-car-may-be-delayed
 

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Nissan Z Concept Coming; Production Car Could Reach 500 Horsepower

http://blog.caranddriver.com/nissan-z-concept-coming-production-car-could-reach-500-horsepower/

It has been more than eight years since the current Nissan 370Z went on sale, but Nissan’s legendary Z-car soon will get its long-awaited redesign. The first major step will be taken at the Tokyo auto show this fall, where Nissan will reveal the next-generation Z concept, a preview of the production car said to offer several potent powertrains.

As this artist’s impression from Japan’s Best Car magazine shows, it is expected that the new Z concept and production car will have similar proportions to the outgoing coupe. The Z will also adopt an edgier styling language, including a gaping front end that takes cues from the latest GT-R facelift, and will ride on a shorter wheelbase courtesy of the Infiniti Q60’s FR-L platform.

Of the three powertrains on offer, the flagship twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, borrowed from the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport, is said to punch out a healthy 400 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque at 1600 rpm; it will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. If this version lives up to those expectations, it could put the Nissan toe to toe with rivals such as Porsche’s 718 Boxster S and BMW’s M2.

In addition to the entry-level 3.0-liter V-6, generating 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft, we also hear that Nissan is working on a hybridized model to be introduced later that could make the Z the most powerful in its class. It is expected to employ the same 3.0-liter V-6, teamed with a dual-clutch gearbox and an electric motor producing as much as 160 horses. One source told us that this model’s total output could reach an eye-popping 500 horsepower. The new Z is expected to land in showrooms by 2019, with the base model priced in the low-$30,000 range and the twin-turbo nearing $50K.
 

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Nissan Z concept coming to Tokyo this fall

It's about time.

The sixth generation of Nissan’s Z car has been around since late 2008, so it’s safe to say the 370Z is getting a bit long in the tooth. We won’t have to wait too much longer for a new one taking into account a concept will be unveiled towards the end of October at the Tokyo Motor Show, according to a report published by Car & Driver. It is believed the sports car will adopt a sharper body and will have just about the same proportions as the outgoing model, while the slightly shorter wheelbase will be derived from the FR-L architecture used by the Infiniti Q60.

The range-topping variant is said to receive a biturbo 3.0-liter V6 sourced from the Q60 Red Sport, so expect somewhere in the region of 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) and 350 pound-feet (474 Newton-meters) of torque channeled to wheels via a dual-clutch, seven-speed gearbox.

As far as the entry-level model is concerned, the 370Z successor will allegedly employ a lesser 3.0-liter V6 from the Q60 good for 300 hp (223 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). The very same engine will also serve as foundation for a hybridized model scheduled to arrive at a later date with an electric motor pushing out an extra 160 hp (119 kW). That would give it a combined output of 460 hp (343 kW), but one source close to Nissan says the hybrid variant might have as much as 500 hp (373 kW) on tap.

Following the concept’s debut this fall, the production model is programmed to go on sale by 2019 and will cost from a little over $30,000 to almost $50,000 for the biturbo model.

There was a report back in late 2015 about the possibility of turning the Z car into a crossover like the Gripz concept, but NISMO chief product specialist Hiroshi Tamura quashed the rumor. He went on to suggest the 370Z’s replacement will be transformed into a more mainstream model slightly smaller with a thriftier powertrain and a more attainable starting price.


 

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Can't help but wonder if Nissan is cooking up a special commerative 50th anniversary model too. I'd like to see more of a tribute to the original 240, not a 370 with a GTR'esque front end.
 

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The 350 and 370 already kind of paid homage to the 240-260Zs. I'd like to see them pay homage to a new millenium-esque Twin Turbo 300ZX from the 1990s.....that would have be lining up for one asap (as long as it's not a turbo 4 cylinder)!
 

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New Nissan Z sports car to spawn 475bhp V6 Nismo model

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-nissan-z-sports-car-spawn-475bhp-v6-nismo-model

Successor to the 370Z confirmed; flagship Nismo version to have hot V6 and four-wheel drive

Nissan has given a 370Z successor the green light.

The new sports car is expected to be shown in coupé guise before the end of next year ahead of UK sales starting in 2020, some 50 years after the original Z car arrived here.

Future generations of the Z model are understood to have been in doubt because of struggling profitability in the sports car segment, an issue felt more widely across the industry. Honda has admitted a similar quandary about an S2000 replacement and Toyota and BMW have teamed up in order to cut costs in the creation of their respective forthcoming Supra and Z4 sports cars.

Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa told Autocar last year that he was in favour of a new Z car to replace the 370Z. He said the sports car market was a challenging one but was “personally advocating” a new Z car.

The forthcoming model is known internally as the Z35 – a codename that continues a process started with the Z31 model launched in 1983. It has been twinned with the next Infiniti Q60, with which it will share its rear-wheel-drive platform, engine line-up and electric system, according to senior officials from Nissan.

Dimensionally, the new Z car is set to mirror the more upmarket Q60. At about 4520mm long, 1890mm wide and 1240mm tall, it will be slightly larger than the 370Z, which has been in production since 2009.

As well as a coupé version, Nissan plans a successor to the 370Z Roadster, although this model is unlikely to arrive in showrooms until 2021.

Power for the new coupé and convertible, which insiders suggest could be called the 400Z, is planned to come from Nissan’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine used in a number of existing models, including Infiniti's Q50 and Q60. In standard versions of the new Z car, the engine, which has a 60deg vee angle, is expected to run a similar state of tune to that of the Q60, which develops 399bhp and 350lb ft.

By comparison, the outgoing 370Z has a turbocharged 3.7-litre V6 powerplant that delivers 323bhp and 268lb ft.

The highlight of the new Z-car line-up is set to be a four-wheel-drive Nismo version. Due to arrive in 2021, this is earmarked to run a powered-up version of the turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine with a claimed 475bhp and 451lb ft.

Although it's still early days, Autocar understands that Nissan intends to reveal the styling of the new Z car in concept form at the 2018 Tokyo motor show in October. The definitive production version is then planned to be unveiled at the 2019 Los Angeles motor show.
https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-nissan-z-sports-car-spawn-475bhp-v6-nismo-model

 

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According to Carmaker1, the Z is dead. Also the R35, will be heavily updated for 2021. Don't expect to see a new R36 anytime soon.

https://lexusenthusiast.com/forums/threads/nissan-z-and-gt-r-future.4333/

I am making the declaration from internal Nissan information, that like the discontinued RWD Infiniti QX70 last year, in January 2018 the Renault-Nissan board scrapped the Z35 programme altogether and will NOT be redesigning it after the current Z34 Fairlady Z/370Z ends at 11-12 years in production.

The R35 GT-R, will be heavily updated for 2021. R36 is currently not in the cards.

It is unfortunate, but the Z35 had been in planning development on and off for the better part of this decade. By the end of 2016/Jan 2017, a more upmarket design (described as eons better than current, if not best), utilizing the VR30TT engine from the V37 Infiniti Q50/Q60 had been approved by ex-design director Nakamura and senior Nissan personnel.

Failure to once again establish a sound business case for principal shareholders and board of directors, has ensured this car will have no future pre-2025. As you can see, just like the Infiniti Q80 flagship, Q40 redesign, QX70 RWD redesign (S52), and more, things just keep being cancelled.

I report on these programmes, only to be hurt when cancelled so abruptly. It makes me look bad. I do not know what to say for this company really, as only one more new Infiniti is on schedule for mid-2019 (not including excessive delays) and then nothing until calendar year 2021. All to prop up the struggling Titan.

The Maxima and Murano will be facelifted for 2019MY, being launched in late 2018 and December 2018.

The U.S. Frontier will be "updated" in mid-2020 (pushed back Q1 from 2019). Armada and Patrol will be all-new in CY2021. A new Sentra will arrive for MY 2020, after 2019 Altima (L42P) in September 2018 (Job 1- 08/18).

Regarding any "400Z" and R36 GT-R rumours, IGNORE THEM as they are plain clickbait nonsense and have no real basis after January. Don't expect a new GT-R (R36) until near 2025 at least. No new performance offerings outside Q60.
 

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