You know why we love auto shows? Mainly because of all the new models we get to see, but also because we get to learn a lot about the future of the automotive industry. At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , a Toyota boss confirmed a hybrid GT 86 sports car is under "advanced development," and at the same show, Nissan Development boss Andy Palmer confirmed that the next-generation Z-car will be previewed next month at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The new model will initially be unveiled as a concept car and will be smaller and lighter than the current 370Z . What is really strange is that Palmer said that "the Juke Nismo offers some hints at what Nissan is looking at." So, what do you think this means? Should we expect a new Z-car with styling cues from the Juke? How odd will that look?
There are also some changes to come under the hood, and we expect to see a small-displacement turbocharged engine or even an electric powertrain. A Nismo version will also be offered.
Referring to the new car, Palmer said that the new model won’t be anything like the GT86. Instead it will be "more enjoyable to drive, a real sports car."
Click past the jump to read more about the current Nissan 370Z.
The current 370Z was unveiled in 2009 in coupe version and one year later in roadster form. The model came as a replacement for the previous 350Z and features a more aggressive design language with elements taken from the 240Z.
The 370Z is powered by a 3.7-liter VQ37VHR engine with VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) that delivers a total of 332 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 270 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm. The coupe version can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and the roadster in 4.9. In both versions top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.