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Old 08-08-2014, 12:00 PM   #1
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Default Next Gen Z Get Mercedes Engine Hybrid Tech

New details surrounding Nissan's next-generation Z model have reportedly emerged, shedding light on potential engine options and the overall form.

Likely carrying the chassis code Z35, the upcoming sports car is expected to be a significant redesign as the company aims to revitalize sales and expand into new markets.

New engine options will be central to the proposition, providing a choice between a 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill -- borrowed from the Skyline -- or a more powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged powerplant built by Mercedes-Benz and producing 328 horsepower, unnamed sources have told Motoring.

At least one of the variants is expected to be complemented by a hybrid system that places an electric motor between the engine and transmission, producing even more total output when used in conjunction with the gasoline engine.
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The company is also said to have decided on a targa or T-top form to "appeal to a wider cross-section of potential customers."

Nissan is not expected to bring a significant price increase for the seventh-generation Z-car, which may arrive sometime in 2017.

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Old 08-08-2014, 01:08 PM   #2
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Sounds like a nice throwback to the Z32 with the turbo engine and T-tops. I'm still not happy with them sourcing Mecedes engines. The current Mercedes turbo V6 is Chrysler Pentastar-based IIRC.
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:22 PM   #3
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A report citing unnamed sources has appeared on the Australian website Motoring.com.au purporting to reveal new details on Nissan’s next-generation Z sports car, and the info is interesting, to say the least. First off, the coupe version of the new Z will get a T-top or targa-roof arrangement, while the roadster will move from its current soft-top lid to a power-folding hardtop. As we’ve reported, a Mercedes-sourced turbocharged four-cylinder and a six-cylinder are expected, but Motoring adds that both powertrains will be hybridized and turbocharged. That is where the info gets a bit fuzzy.

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You see, our intel suggests that Nissan will use an evolution of the current 370Z’s rear-drive platform for the new Z, instead of designing a newer, smaller, lighter one to take on the likes of the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S twins. This means that weight savings will be paramount to maintaining the Z’s performance (especially when equipped with the turbo four) while also squeezing better fuel economy from the six-cylinder car. Adding a hybrid system to both engines will not only increase the car’s price, but add pounds to its curb weight, neither of which jibes with Nissan’s Z agenda as we know it.

On the other hand, we could see Nissan moving toward a targa roof style, if for no other reason than to add a “wow” feature to help the car stand out against the new Ford Mustang, Chevrolet’s Camaro, and the upcoming Hyundai Genesis coupe replacement. We’ll find out what’s what when the new Z arrives next year—probably as a 2016 model—but consider us skeptical that it’ll be hybridized.
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