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The facelifted Z, aiming for a 2021 introduction, will retain much of the same body as the 370Z 50th. On Thursday 25th March, according to the sources the new Nissan next generation Z car is reported to be charged by a turbocharged V-6. Also it is expected that the look of car will have a retro design.
When a manufacturer starts testing a prototype at the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany, they mean business. It also means that the car is well on the way towards production. Late last year, Nissan started testing a camouflaged Z sports car at the Nurburgring, so, yes, a new Z is on the way.
But the good news is that there are two parts to this story.
Firstly, Japan’s second biggest carmaker plans to reveal a heavily facelifted 370Z in 2021 packing a 400hp twin turbo V6. Then, in 2025, wearing a totally new body, Nissan will launch a radical all-new Z brandishing the company’s signature e-Power series hybrid system.
Launched some 12 years ago in 2008, the current generation 370Z became the model to ring in the brand’s 50th anniversary last year with a special anniversary edition and celebrations at the New York International Auto Show that included a special appearance by legendary automotive designer, author and Z aficionado Peter Brock. The current car pumps out 331hp and 269 lb-ft of torque from its 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine.
An updated Nismo-spec Z, developed by Nissan’s in-house racing and customizing arm, which was added to the lineup in 2017, employed a tweaked V6 generating 350hp.
Using a current model 370Z (Z34-type) as its so-called test mule in testing at the Nurburgring, Nissan are readying a facelifted Z that will end up being the swansong for the current model. According to a report in Japan’s Best Car magazine, it will incorporate the 400hp 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 that powers the popular Skyline 400R (Infiniti Q50) and land in showrooms in 2021.
Taking the Z brand into the future however, headed for a 2025 debut, will be an all-new model based on Nissan’s IMQ concept vehicle which first appeared at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. At the heart of the IMQ is the brand’s next generation power source, e-POWER, and a 100% electric motor drive system that delivers instantaneous explosive acceleration.
The Nissan IMQ concept boasts an electric e-POWER drivetrain that will influence the next-gen Z.
First introduced in 2016, e-POWER is a non-plug-in series hybrid system that borrows technology from the Nissan Leaf. The beauty of this system is that, in addition to twin electric motors, it would feature a small gasoline engine which acts as a generator to charge the high output batteries, therefore eliminating the need to charge at an external charging station.
In the IMQ, Nissan tell us that the dual motors generate 335hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, but in a next-gen Z powered by such a system, a source suggests we could expect upwards of 400hp. The USD64,000 question is whether the all-new Z will retain its treasured 6-speed manual transmission.