• Jun 12, 2007
Last week we told you about Nissan's plan to revise the 350Z and add a new, smaller RWD sports coupe to its lineup. All of a sudden, pics of that smaller sports coupe have appeared today on the interweb. Winding Road has a few clear shots of an oddly shaped 350Z-based mule tagging along behind a Porsche Boxster. The car looks a lot like a 350Z, but is much shorter overall and has spy photographers speculating it will be the Z-car's baby bro'.
Whether a new Z-car, new 240SX or whatever, it's just a mule for now. The Urge Concept is said to be the inspiration for the shape of the new small sports coupe, so hopefully future prototypes will be wearing a body we can recognize as influenced by that concept. There's no word on a powerplant for this new coupe, but we've already voted for a turbocharged version of the SE-R Spec-V QR25DE motor, just in case Nissan is listening. Hopefully it will be rear-drive, as well, but that goes without saying on a car like this. Click the Read link or the pic to view a few larger photos of this odd mule.

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      A new silvia and please no QR25DE i rather have the JDM SR20DET.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nissan uses Porshes as PERFORMENCE targets, nothing more. 350Z is to boxster as Z06 is to 911 turbo :) Have to make sacrifices somewhere to keep the costs down, just not in the performance department.

      I doubt the pics are photoshoped. Car companies often use modified chassis of existing cars to test new powertrains. Much like the pics of the G35 coupe chassis that was used to test the upcoming GTR powertrain.
      • 7 Years Ago
      why the URGE and not the AZEAL concept?

      it would be nice to see a small coupe from nissan again--and now with the altima coupe coming to the line--it would be nice to see something to compete against the scion tc and hyundai tiburon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "but we've already voted for a turbocharged version of the SE-R Spec-V QR25DE motor"

      UM, We have?

      no no no, if you read the comments from the previous post, "we" - as in the readers - voted for any other besides the spec v motor - nissan has a couple engines already in use that would make much better choices than the spec V motor, that even already have the proper orientation for crying out loud!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nissan has a VQ25. 2.5 V6, high revving, light, me like.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought the Z was Nissan's affordable RWD sports car. ;-P
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would love it if they would also bring in a 4 door sedan version. RWD, 4 door compact... something that hasn't been done in a long while. I think it'd sell well enough to help offset costs a bit; and if they give plenty of interior space in the sedan version, the coupe should be able to draw from that as well. One major deterrent for many to buying a coupe is the lack of space they have. So a relatively roomy, comfortable sedan, with a coupe sharing interior dimensions, will offset that, as well as provide a volume seller to the platform and lowering costs.

      This is, IMO, a good thing. Who knows, maybe Nissan can go 100% RWD, which is something I'd love.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "I would love it if they would also bring in a 4 door sedan version. RWD, 4 door compact... "

      Um, G35?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Affordable?

        The 240SX was a GREAT idea in 1989 - and I bought one. A midnight blue fastback with the "sports package". LOVED it. I have a '99 Altima now that I commute in (basically the same KA24 engine as my old 240SX). Dead reliable. I really miss RWD though. Build it Nissan - and I'll buy it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Spy shots of prototype cars:

      http://paparazzi-eye.com/cars
      • 7 Years Ago
      Price it around $18-20k and it will be affordable...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whatever it is, Nissan should build it. The market needs to get away from the abundance of SUVs and CUVs (cute utility vehicles) and give a little more attention to the performance enthusiasts.

      http://www.autoconcourse.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      just build it!!
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