A new Z is coming and Nissan will give everything it’s got to make it a proper sports car

2020 is supposedly the year that will bring us a replacement for the aging Nissan 370Z. We know for a thing that a cabriolet version won’t be offered, and previous reports talked about 400Z as a potential name for the new model.

The latest word on the upcoming new Nissan Z car is that it will flaunt reinterpreted retro styling cues, as Nissan’s designers ‘are going back to the roots of the car.’

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Get Ready For a Retro-Styled, V-6, Manual Nissan Z Car
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A recent report published by Autoblog claims that Nissan is hard at work on its new Z car. What’s more, the outlet talked to ‘sources who have seen the upcoming sports car at dealer meetings’ who revealed that while the overall shape will be kept, the design is ‘all new’ with the front end hinting a lot at the 240Z via a square kisser and rounded headlamps.

In the back, however, the new Z car will draw inspiration from the 300ZX, so we’re expecting horizontal taillights (most likely of the LED ilk), a twin-exhaust setup, and a wide stance. In other words, a handful of likeable features.

Engine-wise, Autoblog puts its money on a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 borrowed from the Infiniti Q50/Q60 Red Sport. In the Infiniti, the unit pairs to a nine-speed automatic but the Z car will also get a manual gearbox.

The current Nissan 370Z makes do with a 3.7-lite V-6 that’s beginning to show its age.

Tuned to produce 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, the unit can be bolted to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic.

In Nismo guise, the V-6 produces 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of twist, so we’re guessing the new Z car should get at least 370 horsepower in standard guise, with perhaps a future Nismo model that would churn out 400 horsepower. For now, though, that’s just pure speculation, but elsewhere, don’t be surprised if Nissan drops some form of electrification inside is up and coming Z car.

Get Ready For a Retro-Styled, V-6, Manual Nissan Z Car
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Other than these areas, the new Nissan Z will have to improve heavily when it comes to cabin amenities. Interior design per se isn’t a problem in the current 370Z, but the lack of technology is. The infotainment setup is dated to say the least, so expect at least one proper display or even two, if Nissan decides to throw in a digital instrument cluster.

We’ll keep you up to date as new info emerges but from what we’re getting now, the new Nissan Z’s future looks pretty bright.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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