Nissan keeps throwing the words "retro cues" around
Well ladies and gents, it looks like Nissan has finally decided it's neglected the "Z" Platform long enough. The now 11-year-old 370Z has definitely fallen to the wayside of Nissan's performance line-up of cars. With the introduction of the 3.0-liter, twin turbo V6 that is capable of 400 horsepower from the factory placed in the Infiniti branded Q50, and Q60 platforms. It's made the naturally aspirated 370Z appear to come up lacking.
With that all said, the new 400Z is supposed to be rolling off the assmbly line with the same twin turbo, 3.0-liter V6 that it's Infiniti brethren share. A delight to many of the Z enthusiasts and purists that were left in dismay when the new Z platforms lost their turbocharged engine with the introduction of the 350Z when reintroduced back in 2003. Nothing has been set in stone but it's likely that the base 400Z will get the same power as a base Q50/Q60 at 300 hp/300 tq, with models like the Nismo getting the 400 hp option shared with the likes of the Red Sport versions of the Infiniti line.
It is rumored that the new Z will come with the 7-speed automatic that is currently mated to the Infiniti counterparts sharing the same drive train. While many enthusiasts remain hopeful that Nissan will continue to offer the Z cars with the beloved 6-speed manual transmission they've grown to adore.
As far as pricing goes, the current 370Z starts just over $30,000 dollars for the base package. Which isn't bad for a RWD performance car, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and making over 300 hp. That being said, we can probably look for the new 400Z platform to come in at a base price of around $40,000 dollars, and go up based on optional packages. Which even at $40,000 dollars is still coming in under the price point set by the new Toyota Supra.
Lastly. No actual images of the vehicle have been released, even though it's currently slated to release the end of this year as a 2021 model. Obviously a lot of things in the automotive market are being affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic. However there has been no word on if production will be delayed.
Nissan keeps throwing the words "retro cues" around, however, we shall see what they give us as a final product. If we're getting personal, this writer hopes to see something more like this last image I will leave you with.