• Jun 20, 2008
Along with the impending refreshening of Nissan's modern-day Z, the internet has been abuzz for about a year with rumors of a new smaller and less expensive coupe based on the same platform. This rear-wheel-drive coupe would compete against the upcoming Toyota/Subaru sports coupe, which also are also to be driven by the rear wheels. What we haven't expected, though, is an Infiniti version of this 240SX revival. According to rumors, the Nissan version would get a small displacement four-banger while its big brother from Infiniti would get a V6 displacing 2.5 liters.
Inside Line reports that this new entry-level Infiniti will be displayed at an as yet unnamed auto show sometime within the next year. Color us awfully excited at the prospect of RWD coupes from the likes of Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai and now Infiniti, all of which are set for the American market. Affordable performance never goes out of style, even when gas prices are this high.

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I REALLY want to buy i RWD car as well. I want something sporty lets say 260hp or more. with a nice design that is pleasant to the eye. I wouldnt mind, a new Ford Probe, Honda s2000(new design) nissan 240 or something on those numbers. the problem is that all the sports cars i have seen on this category come mostly convertable only and I want a coupe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Amen to that.

        I had a 93 Probe GT, and it was nice, but not great on power, and it was FWD. My Legacy is better in every way, except that it isn't quite a sleek as a 3-door fastback. It has better power and torque, better traction, and is stronger and safer without weighing much more.

        RWD or real AWD, and modern power levels, decent weight, with a sleek 3-door fastback profile...

        YEAH. Subaru or Infiniti, Nissan, or Mazda... Whichever is first or best.
      • 6 Years Ago
      cue the euro fanboy haters in 5, 4, 3....
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've been desperate for a small luxury coupe. I want the luxury accoutrements, but I want a smaller, more maneuverable vehicle. Volvo has the right idea, bringing luxury quality to smaller vehicles. I would gladly pay good cash money for small luxury, but could never find a brand that even offered it!
      I want leather seats with heaters, navigation, loads of sound deadening, comfortable dampers but tight springs, projector HIDs, sunroof, good side visibility out of the windows, a tight six-speed manual with clutch pedal and a moderate output V6 (230hp is fine) that cruises at 2k RPMs on the interstate in a package the size and weight of my Acura RSX. Oh, and I'm not willing to buy it unless it says 30mpg highway on regular 87' (of course, I get 37mpg highway out of my RSX and it's rated at 29mpg by the EPA).
        • 6 Years Ago
        1 series? do any new cars recommend 87?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, I do a lot of highway driving, but also get about 33mpg in the city. I accelerate like a turtle, though, barely cresting 2,500 rpms, and keeping the throttle really light. People zip around me, but I don't care about what gas mileage they get. On the interstate I drive at 60mph. At 55mph I get 42mpg, but that's not always comfortable. The interstate near me has less traffic than most, too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you must do a lot of highway driving at or below the speedlimit.
        cause my wife's 05 RSX averages, 26mpg per tank.
        but she drives mostly in the city. probably 80/20
        and with gas prices like they are she keeps it out of vtec.

        but the 05+ have a 4.76fd not the 4.39fd
      • 6 Years Ago
      Agreed. Wow. Awesome.

      Great move by Nissan/Infiniti.
        • 6 Years Ago

        I would agree with you if the new one looked similar to the Altima Coupe and had very similar dimensions. However, I don't think this will be the case. My roommate has an Altima Coupe, and it's an outstanding car, however, I can visualize a smaller coupe with RWD. And if I can, I'm sure they can, and they did, because they're coming out with one!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Damn, this is going to be bad. Too many options coming. I need more income.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Japanese automotive ingenuity strikes again, a fuel efficient & nice to look at car but is the U.S. getting it? If they bring it here that thing will sell like crazy, with the current economic downturn cars in the 25-30 thousand dollar price range will be the new everyday luxo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the sound of this. The G37 is a great looking and driving car, but its fairly large...and thirsty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great move by Nissan/Infiniti. This company realizes that higher fuel prices and CAFE regulations doesn't necessarily mean that all cars need to be front wheel drive. I wish GM would experience the same epiphany concerning their Pontiac brand. There is no reason that GM can't provide this brand with an all RWD affordable performance car lineup. Pontiac has the potential and GM has the platforms and technology to create something special and unique in the U.S. market; an entire lineup devoted to RWD affordable performance cars of all shapes and sizes. GM could utilize their turbocharged Ecotec 4 cylinder engine program in addition to hybrid and/or diesel technology to give the base versions of these cars a reasonable amount of performance while still satisfying customers' fuel efficiency expectations and meeting CAFE requirements (V6 and V8 engines could still be offered as upgrade performance trim options). The market has changed considerably, but that doesn't mean that fun products have to be totally abandoned by today's automakers.

      I also wish that Chrysler LLC would leverage their partnership with Nissan to gain access to their rear wheel drive platforms to create a RWD compact sedan, coupe-cabrio, and crossover for the Chrysler Division and an affordable RWD roadster for Dodge (basically bringing the Demon Concept to market, although I would prefer that they resurrect the "Daytona" moniker for this car). Chrysler could have some cool products in the pipeline if they could think "outside of the box" and cut some kind of deal with Nissan to make it happen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      James, you may want to consider the IS250. It meets all your requirements except for:
      4 doors (the 2 door is coming next year)
      Needs premium gas.
      Does not get 37 mpg - more like 33 to 34 mpg at 73 mph.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lighter, smaller, and better mpg than G35/37 would be perfect. Just make sure it's built to handle turbocharging (or comes with a turbocharged engine) and it's perfect, imo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i just hope its not an over price 4 banger
      • 6 Years Ago
      "...while its big brother from Infiniti would get a V6 displacing 2.5 liters. "

      What took them so long? The Lexus IS250 is fun to drive and gets great gas mileage. I know, I have one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        sadly i think they mean the 240, not the G you were hoping for
      • 6 Years Ago
      once again, another reason to resurrect the Prelude.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Another reason to bring back the Integra/RSX! Why they killed that car I will never know. And bring over the type R versions! (Not that I would buy one, I am a RWD/AWD guy, but I think those cars are great cars)
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