A lighter generation Z sports car is not the only priority in Nissan’s future. Inspired by the huge success of their GT-R, the company has decided to bring out a small sports car which will take on models like the newly released Subaru BRZ.
Internally known as the Mini-Z, the new sports car won’t be offered with a rear-wheel-drive system like the Silvia/240SX - that project was cancelled in late 2008 because of the financial crisis. Instead Nissan will use a front-wheel-drive system combined with 1.6-liter turbo-four from the Nissan Juke with power raised to about 200 HP.
To get an idea of what the future small sports car will look like, take a look at the Compact Sports Concept (pictured) unveiled last year at the Shanghai Motor Show. These design elements will be combined with elements taken from the Z sports car to more or less make up the new car’s dimensions.
The new Nissan sports car will arrive in late 2013 and will be priced at about $22K.