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We're expecting Infiniti to launch its first hybrid sometime in either 2010 or 2011, likely based on the M35 luxury sedan. Unlike past hybrids from Nissan, parent company of the Infiniti brand, this new technology will not be a licensed version of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive. Interestingly, reports out of Japan indicate that this new hybrid tech could filter on down the line to find itself under the shapely hood of Nissan's new 370Z.

If these rumors are accurate, expect the fuel-saving sports car to be equipped with a lithium ion battery from corporate partner NEC that feeds power to a lone electric motor sandwhiched between the Z's 3.7-liter VQ V6 engine and transmission. The dual-headed powertrain is reportedly expected to achieve 35 miles per gallon on the mixed cycle, though those are likely Japanese figures that don't often jive with U.S. EPA numbers.

[Source: 370Z.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Just what I was thinking... take a sports car who's main enemy is ALWAYS weight, and strap 200+lbs of battery to it.

      Sure you are now a "hybrid" but at the cost of acceleration, handling, etc etc. If you want a hybrid, BUY a hybrid. If you want a sports car buy a sports car.

      The idea of having 100% clean, max torque at 0RPM is great, until there is some sort of major breakthrough in battery tech, this is useless.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Where would they fit the batteries. Oh so the barely useful hatch area will now be full of batteries. Why not just get rid of the iconic hatch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just what I was thinking... take a sports car who's main enemy is ALWAYS weight, and strap 200+lbs of battery to it.

        You act like 200 pounds is really that much. Honestly that's like having another guy in the passenger seat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sad, but somehow not surprised.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the Nissan market-droids have any aspirations to apply this hippie technology to the GT-R:

      BE AFRAID.....BE VERY AFRAID!

      Think about it - hybrid GT-R-driving hippies and greenies blocking the left lane while driving 2 miles UNDER the speed limit.

      Scary stuff....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aaaaand the legendary Japanese icon has jumped the shark..
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ TIMMAH !




        LMAO...just reliazed where your user name is from



        Southpark ROCKS.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Yes exactly. The electric motor would be able to provide massive low-end torque while the ICE is still getting up to revs. I think it would also be cool if they could have user selectable performance/economy modes that would govern the power programming.
        • 5 Years Ago
        actually.... if you think about it.... its still running with the same V6, only with bonus electric power.... think of it as an electric turbo?

        Honda tried doing this with the accord hybrid - using hybrid technology not only to improve efficiency but also performance.
        • 5 Years Ago
        *cough* weight
      • 5 Years Ago
      Li-ions and ultracaps are much lighter and take up a lot less space than the nimh packs in current cars.

      The E motor can give very good low end torque boost and also improve city mileage dramatically.

      With their experience with the GTR I'm confident Nissan can pull off all the electronic systems quite well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      anyone driven a new Z? or the old one? Tell me this smart guys, where are you going to put the lithium ion battery? In the tiny cargo area where you can store a wardrobe bag? and even that makes it nearly impossible to see out the back hatch.

      Let alone the fact that the last group who will want a heavier, more expensive powertrain are sports car fanatics.

      Rumor? I call this just idiotic nonsense.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That would be quite the coup for Nissan. It will be interesting to see if GM finds a way to filter down the Voltec Technology into something around then. I think as hybrid and series teachnologies advance, we'll be able to modify them for sportier performance. I don't think that this is going to be the death of the fun car as some people are saying.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      wtf?


      wow....talk about coming out the blue.....



      This should be interresting none the less. Hybrids have proved themselves and being more effiecnt is always a good thing. Even better if they can combime efficiency with perforamce...and i dont just mean getting good MPG...being effiecnt goes well beyond getting good MPG ratings.


      IMO i dont know why some people give hybrids such a hard time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        I think it might be because, at least on a PERCEPTION level, sound plays a big part in performance.

        Think about reading a review for this car. Would THIS excite you: "feel yourself pinned to the seat as the motor whirrs to life, the hybrid powertrain gently whining as the speedometer blasts through its arc..."?

        Probably not.
      zizixx89
      • 3 Years Ago
      there is no GT-R hybrid infiniti has there supercar coming out which is going to bet better nd faster 592hp hybrid infiniti essence
      • 5 Years Ago
      wat
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah What is right! I vote no! I want people driving Z cars because they are Z cars! Not because some sweater wearing hippy thinks its a "green" car. To hell with em!
      • 5 Years Ago
      A friend of mine with a '02 Corvette Z06 routinely sees over 30MPG on the highway, and low-to-mid 20's around the city (with a light touch on the fun pedal)... Amazing what good aerodynamics coupled with light weight and a 400HP engine can do.

      It'll be interesting to see what other modifications this thing gets. Perhaps a Fisker Karma versus 370ZH (HZ?) comparo will be in order?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know why everyone is against the idea of a hybrid sports car. The concepts are not mutually exclusive. It could actually be pretty great if the idea is executed correctly.

      The biggest Issue as I see it, is the transmission. Most hybrids use CVTs. If they could get it to work with a DCT or something similar, I think that is half the battle. If they can keep the weight down (Li batteries...capacitors) then you have a virtual KERS system on your street car.

      Unfortunately though, they never usually get it right the first time :(
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