In profile, it looks like a 350Z that got squeezed from the ends, pushing up the roof in the middle. But don’t worry. In production, it is likely to look a lot more like the Urge concept car than the mule spotted testing at Nurburging.
But it was spotted testing at Nurburging.
Though it has a family resemblance to the current 350Z, it’s shorter and has a shorter wheelbase. In fact, the body appears to be a chopped 350Z body, with a roof riveted into place make the cobbled up mule airtight.
Reports suggest that Nissan is targeting the Porsche Cayman for this car. Whether this is a new car, positioned below the current 350Z, or a new lower-priced version of the 350Z is not currently known.
However, it would not be consistent with the recently announced Nissan business strategy for the company to be abandoning a market in which they have done well – the market for the current 350Z. Adding a lower priced sports model would allow the 350 Z to move a bit upmarket, increasing Nissan profit without significantly increasing its competition.