Nissan may have plenty of models to boast of, but the one car that stands out to anyone looking for a vehicle with a little pep in its step is the Nissan Z car. Back in 1964, Nissan began toying with the idea of building a sports car to add to their lineup, but it wasn’t until 1969 that a vehicle was actually produced. The Datsun 240Z was available in two versions - and proved to be the successful sports car that Nissan had anticipated. Six generations later and Nissan had produced many variations of the vehicle, including the ever-popular 370Z. Now, after only four years since the latest 370Z was created, rumors are flying suggesting that Nissan is ready to go at it again with a new generation Z. Not only will the world be getting one of their beloved sports cars once again, but it may also be powered by a hybrid drivetrain, a rumor we first heard back in 2010 most likely the same one used in the Infiniti M hybrid. Yes, the world is going hybrid, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Nissan Z.

Exterior and Interior

There are obviously extremely limited details for the future generation Z car, but we imagine that the design of the vehicle will be more aerodynamic with a sportier appearance than the current model. If this rendering by BestCar is any indication of what the future Z will actually look like, then it is clear that the focus will be to make it look aggressive and fast.

2011 Nissan 370Z Coupe

2011 Nissan 370Z Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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It is very possible that next to a conventional powertrain, the new Nissan Z will also use a hybrid drivetrain as seen in the Infiniti M hybrid. This means a naturally aspirated 3.5 Liter V6 engine combined with an efficient electric motor for a total output of 360 bhp and about 450 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel consumption will be in the 30 mpg area.

Another possibility is a diesel engine developed by Daimler, but we doubt this will ever happen in a hybrid Z model.


Expect the new Nissan Z to debut in 2013, with sales beginning in 2014. We’re assuming prices will start at around $30K (going off of the current 370Z’s prices), but the hybrid variant will probably cost a few more thousand.

2011 Nissan 370Z Roadster

2011 Nissan 370Z Roadster High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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If built, the Nissan Z hybrid will be a direct competitor for models like the Toyota FT-86 and the Subaru FT-86. We’re guessing the Nissan Z will kill two birds with one stone on this one. The two FT-86 models will deliver less power than the Z model with a a 2.5-liter boxer-four engine that produces 305 HP, but if Subaru debuts an STI version then things may get real close.

Since we don’t know the price of the Nissan Z just yet, we’re going to assume that it will match the price of the current 370Z which starts at around $30,000. This means that the two FT-86s will have the advantage of being cheaper than the new generation Z. Bummer. We’d still take the Z though.

Source: Road and Track

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  (532) posted on 02.9.2012

I love the aerodynamic design of the exterior with a sportier appearance. It looks aggressive that can give a great performance. The headlights and the taillights are pretty impressive.

  (580) posted on 02.6.2012

This 6th generation Nissan Z vehicle looks very elegant. I guess this would be the most excellent product that would be launched soon. The exterior, interior and the performance of this car are all great.

  (365) posted on 01.18.2012

I love the unbelievable design of this Nissan Z car. The color makes it more attractive and the wheels are exceptional. But i suggests Nissan would improve this car more.

  (498) posted on 01.5.2012

Too bad that this one is still just a drawing board concept. I sure hope that the guys at Nissan will actually build this one, since it really looks outstanding on paper.

  (692) posted on 01.1.2012

I hope that they have great plans for the Nissan Z. That car is really awesome, but it does need a few things to be taken care of. Hope they do a great job on this one.

  (504) posted on 12.20.2011

I am so looking forward to the Z. it is actually one of my highly anticipated cars. And the introduction of the hybrid version certainly made me more eager.

  (683) posted on 12.4.2011

The most attractive Nissan vehicle that I saw today! Well, I also noticed that its front headlight is very noticeable on it. However, I think they should use V8 engine for this car than with V6.

  (1) posted on 10.17.2011

I certainly agree Nissan is over designing the headlights, as far as the power-train, Z owners want true competitive bhp against STI’s and pony cars! I for one would like to see them deliver TD exhaust setup and stiffer suspension. The main reason I stayed away from 370 was the profile was just ugly and front end looked stupid with those rediculous headlights! I test drove and was unexcited when compared to my 2006 350z Grand Touring...This new Z needs to be "The Z" enthusist rave about...Top Gear has generally hated the Z car for its lack luster power and looks! Lets knock there Brittish Argyil’s off their feet with this one Nissan!

  (256) posted on 10.10.2011

V6 engine that can only deliver 360 horsepower is I don’t think can give a better performance on this Nissan Z. I think Nissan focused too much on the exterior appearance of this one, anyway, I’m curious on what will be the interior of this one looks like.

  (334) posted on 09.23.2011

The side rims are so perfect smiley and the decent look of this one is quite impressive, but I’m just wondering on the other speculations of this especially on its figure performance and interior features.

  (410) posted on 09.20.2011

The mileage of this car looks so fabulous. The front headlights seem so cool! It is very an eye catcher, if I’m not mistaken it is a sports car right? If it is, I don’t think V6 engine is quite good on it.

  (798) posted on 09.20.2011

I found it very aggressive. I love the color that they used on it and the styling is very simple but very appealing.

  (300) posted on 09.1.2011

You are right ConcernCitizen but I still find it very attractive and impressive but so much for the looks, how about its interior touch and features? is it impressive either?

  (314) posted on 08.8.2011

I think they over designed the front lights of this Nissan Z but despite of that I still find it so impressed and me either hopes that they will put this one on production.

  (463) posted on 08.4.2011

Just keep on hoping that they will put this one on production. I must agree either with them that it is a nice idea if will make it a hybrid version.

  (442) posted on 08.3.2011

Yeah, with the fuel crisis no wonder why electric and hybrid car was built. The sad part is the vehicles worth in a million dollar price tag. Same here, I think this concept is on its way for production.

  (600) posted on 08.3.2011

Well, this one is still a rumor, I think Nissan haven’t confirm on its production. However, I will not disagree if they will make a hybrid version since we all know on how successful is the Nissan Leaf! I think they will continue this production since there is a tight competition with hybrid cars in the market.

  (242) posted on 07.28.2011

I like the designs of the car and the sporty look it gives but the performance is not that
impressive. It is cheaper compare to its competitor, but I would still prefer Subaru FT-86 with this one.

  (666) posted on 07.12.2011

The designs of their cars are usually similar, however this one is pretty cool. The ability performance is fine though we all know that they can create a much better output. This can be a successful production similar to the others.

  (570) posted on 07.7.2011

hmm. It seem that this will be a competition between the Japanese automaker! The performance of the FT- 86 is incredible. I wonder what would be the power output of this vehicle.

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