Nissan hung a "sculpture" today on the wall of a meeting room at the company’s Nissan 360 global product review: a sculpture that hints at the design of the next-generation Nissan Z.

Same thing was done my Mazda in 1980s when the company unveiled the Miata. Mazda got a huge kick out of how hundreds of journalists visited the R&D facility but never noticed the secret roadster that everyone was talking about was hanging there in plain sight.

Nissan Future Z Car "revealed"
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Nissan Design Chief Shiro Nakamura wasn’t as secretive as Matano — he blatantly pointed out his wall hanging to a group of 80 North American automotive journalists gathered in the hotel meeting room in this costal resort town about 17 miles west of Lisbon.

The sculpture represented, he said, a new Nissan that people would be seeing more of in the fall.


Source: Inside Line

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AK47  (1024) posted on 05.8.2008

Yeah, they usually use octane .

AK47  (6023) posted on 05.7.2008

well to reach that kind of hp i’m sure they had to use a high octane racing fuel or and ethanol mix or something but the tires would definitly help with the traction

AK47  (1024) posted on 05.7.2008

Don’t know about the fuel but the tyres were slicks with huge wheels at the back so that also helped.

AK47  (233) posted on 05.4.2008

yea thats true... thats how the Z06 vette keeps its traction i guess... they got some computer system that softens the rear suspension. well its hard to believe but i cant say its impossible with some greddy dual ball bearing turbos and such. i could see the hp reachable... just the traction would be hard to achieve... and what type of fuel did it run on b/c it might have been like a high octane or methanol mixture

AK47  (1024) posted on 05.4.2008

No, no, they did tune the car but the twin turbo was the highlight. The traction can be improved with a softer set of shocks at the rear wheels which is what they did. I also doubted the time but I read on this site on the Supra page that a fully modified Supra can do the 1/4 mile in 7.9. If the Supra can do that Iam willing to give the Z the benefit of the doubt, since this car already had excellent balance.

AK47  (233) posted on 05.4.2008

yea true it wouldn’t be for a 30 grand version but maybe add it in as an option and make it around 40 grand. well then only problem is by throwing a turbo on there it may have reasonable mileage but still not as good as it would be if you could turn it off.

it’d be nice if they could turn it off bc the mileage would be great with no turbo but then the performance of a turbo would be nice too

idk about it reaching 1700bhp with a twin turbo but i’m sure it’d be fast

keeping the traction down on the road with that much hp would be a challenge in a rwd car so idk about the 1/4 mile times

AK47  (1024) posted on 05.3.2008

I really don’t see that happening on a 30 grand car, but the engine is really tough so you could just use NOS. With a a single turbo though, delivering 500hp or something it still can give reasonable fuel mileage(I think).

I also read somewhere that some racing company installed twin turbos and had it delivering 1700bhp with 8.33 seconds in the 1/4 mile at 177mph. Don’t know if it’s true but if it is, Damn!

AK47  (233) posted on 05.2.2008

yea they are really nice to drive and the gas mileage isn’t so bad either. what’d be nice is if they made a way you could turn the turbo off for daily driving but turn it on with the switch of a button for performance

AK47  (1024) posted on 05.1.2008

And these cars are great for daily drivers even when modified.

AK47  (233) posted on 04.30.2008

yea this is true but with a well built v-6 they could offer a performance package with a turbo in the v-6 that would have hp ratings to compete with the GTR but at a more affordable price...

now it wouldn’t be a competitor for the GTR but it would blow the 350z’s competition out of the water just like the GTR does to its.

the mustang GT and camero and other such cars couldn’t even keep up plus the rwd would be fun for drifting

AK47  (1024) posted on 04.30.2008

The Z series sell quite well but a lot of tuners are angry about the standard engines. If Nissan wants to sell more cars, they should provide turbo engines as an option at least. Every other brand is switching to turbos with smaller displacement engines but Nissan is doing the opposite.

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