Nissan has recently launched the 370Z sports car and already the company has started working on the next generation Z. And with the new alliance between Renault-Nissan and Daimler, the next Z could be powered by new diesel engines and a four-cylinder hybrid powertrain.

Thanks to the new alliance, Renault-Nissan will supply three and four-cylinder petrol engines and electric technology to Daimler, while Daimler will return four, six, and eight-cylinder engines. This could turn out to be a great partnership becauseMercedes is known for its fuel efficient diesel engines and Renault is in need for them with their launch into the electric car segment.

This leaves three options for the next generation Z. The first is a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid set-up used in Mercedes S400. This option provides 299hp and 284 ft.-lb. of torque. The next option is the V6 from the E350 CDI with an output of 170 kW/231 hp. Finally, the four-cylinder petrol in combination with a 15 KW compact electric motor from the forthcoming E300 Bluetec. This option delivers a total of 224 hp and a torque of over 580 Nm. However, Nissan also has under consideration the same engine used in the Infiniti M hybrid.


Source: Autocar

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  (798) posted on 06.7.2010

So are they going to use a v8 or more engine platform? but with that how about the 50 / 50 weight distribution?

  (460) posted on 06.6.2010

Well are they tired with VQ37VHR engines?

  (504) posted on 06.6.2010

Good thing nissan has a fuel efficient diesel engines and I think this will achieve the success in the market when they launch this lovely car.

Naterade22  (238) posted on 06.4.2010

Please use the engine from the Infiniti. Big mistake with the Mercedes engines.

Naterade22  (1023) posted on 06.4.2010

I hope they buid good chasis, if not the torque of those engines will twist the cars unless they use small MB engines.

Naterade22  (407) posted on 06.3.2010

Yuck, why did nissan used the Mercs engine? are they serious or something?

Uncia  (868) posted on 06.3.2010

Unreliable engines sourced from recently-separated-from-Chrysler Mercedes in the Z? Well that’s a real shame and a sad way to ruin a great sports car.

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