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For what it's worth, Best Car magazine in Japan is reporting that Nissan is developing a hybrid version of the Fairlady Z (called the 370Z everywhere else in the world). It's certainly plausible that the company could produce a hybrid Z since the automaker recently launched its own internally developed hybrid system in the Infiniti M. Nissan is even using its own lithium ion battery for its hybrid system.

That's about it for the accurate parts of the report. The rear-wheel-drive hybrid system from the Infiniti should fit into the similarly configured Z, but it doesn't make a lot of sense. It also seems unlikely that Nissan would bother to use hybrid technology from its new relationship with Daimler. The Daimler-Renault-Nissan partnership mainly covers small cars, electrics and diesels.

Using a Daimler diesel engine in the Z also seems like a long-shot given the character of the sports car. Frankly, we think the most likely scenario for the light-weight Z is a simple start-stop system with a downsized and turbo-direct-injection engine.

[Source: Best Car via 4WheelsNews]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Performance hybrids FTW!!

      If you don't believe me, go drive a GS450h.

      I hate that everyone always thinks hybrids have to be dinky slowmobiles, an automaker needs to step in and prove them wrong already.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who cares, bring us a S-Chassis replacement! 240sx/Silvia!
      • 4 Years Ago
      First of all, with a smaller engine it will no longer be a 370 unless Nissan goes off the engine size naming-scheme. Secondly, there's no reason they can't build a world-class sportcar hybrid. In fact, it seems entirely possible as they've already done well with their first electric car. I think readers here are likely to support the idea of sport hybrids as being just as good or better than gas sports cars performance wise while saving gas and helping the planet.

      BTW, hybrids are a better use of expensive lithium resources and save more gas if you have multiple hybrids instead of one car using the same amount of lithium.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They could easily make a serial version, put a 100hp generator on a small ICE, put one of their new NEC batteries right in the center of the car, under the seats, low CG, with short electric range for minimal weight/cost and put a big honking motor in the back driving the rear wheels. They have the tech for this and a 1.5-2 liter 4 cylinder would give you all the performance needed. About 150kw motor should be plenty.

      They could use two LEAF motors with two LEAF inverters in the back if they dont want to engineer a new larger motor..
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think everyone is missing the real main point of this article:

      Nissan named one of their cars the "Fairlady Z." :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Nissan makes a 370z hybrid it would be an epic fail! There is no point, and I really think if they are going to do anything to the Z at all they should try to shed weight and fix the brakes (read a car and driver report of them sending you off into a wall and Nissan wasnt suprised). A downsized turbo motor would be SWEET though although I still love the sound of the VQ it has to be one of the best sounding motors period.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know what to think of this. That would just be weird.

      370z is supposed to be Nissan's Mustang.

      I say do this in a 240sx type car! It would be a CR-Z killer ( well, everything else is a CR-Z killer, but it'd draw away those who were interested in the CR-Z before they heard about the performance specs. )

      Simple.. take the Altima hybrid drive train and send that power to the rear wheels. Pump up the performance of the motor a little, or add a taller final drive. That would be cool.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ... really? Since when the Z became some sort of pony/muscle car?

        I would not cross shop a Z and a Mustang/Camaro (I'm buying a camaro in the near future).
        • 2 Months Ago
        Corner49, your secret is safe with me, lol. I had no idea you would be an interloper anyway.

        I don't know what the best option would be myself. Bringing back the 240sx with an updated 2.5L motor, or the DI turbo 1.6L, would be cool.

        A hybrid or EV version is kind of weird.

        You're right that they shouldn't bastardize the reputation of their old nameplates. Even if they did, i am sure they'd do a better job than Honda has done with the CR-Z.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's the closest thing to a genesis/mustang/camaro they have. Altima coupe doesn't count.

        It's an honorary muscle car in my book
        • 2 Months Ago
        @mythic: Ummm...since it's inception (in the US) as a little rwd platform with a straight 6 (that was swapped for a V8 in many cases). The Nissan fairlady was Nissan/Japan's take on the muscle car.

        @Nept, I was expecting something else from your comments on this thread, but I find myself again agreeing with you (don't tell anyone on AB ;) ). I'm impressed. I like your idea, however, idk if that would be the *best* option either.

        Honestly if any carmaker should make a performance hybrid, it'd be Nissan. S15 and R34 and now R35 were(/are) tech marvels. Hybrid fits that bill. But both Silvias and Skylines have loyal followings that date decades and generations with crowds that aren't inclined to accept hybrids.

        "Stealing" one of their cars away from them and converting it to hybrid will probably create more bad blood than persuade them to make the jump.

        I don't really believe in any case (that I can think of) that a hybrid should be adopted to a name with heritage. Now if somebody in a 370z gets blown away by a new Haruke (idk, made it up, Nissan likes weird names for cars that don't get alpha numerics), it's more likely to pique his interest. Can Nissan or any manufacturer for that matter afford competing models? I'm not saying they shouldn't be on the same underpinnings, but they should look as different as the Leaf does from the Versa and have different names like the Leaf and Versa. The tooling for that shouldn't be outrageous, especially considering the hybrid premiums they'll likely charge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Skip the hybrid - build a budget sporty, EV instead.

      Turn the Leaf into a 2+2, lower the seats and roofline by 6 inches (will have to move the batteries around), drop 300 pounds and double the output of the motor to 160 kW powering the rear wheels.

      You'll end up with a car that carries 4 passengers in a pinch, similar range as the Leaf (as long as you keep your foot out of it too much) with similar performance as the Tesla at a third of the cost.

      Nissan will also then have the next generation drift platform, too, to boost sales to all the young males out there.
      Julian
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that this would be a fascinating venture. Nissan has taken the Z into high tech territory before, and beyond all of that...

      A boss of mine would buy one. that's excellent bait. He has a Prius and his wife has a Maxima. He constantly shops the Z's of his dreams.

      The mileage kills him,though, and keeps him from dedicating. He'd even buy an Altima if it had better mileage and has shopped the CVT version.

      He and many people like him don't really care where the torque comes from, so long as it's there, and would love it if the packaging was sportier than the Prius. It would be the perfect car for him, and so many others.

      I imagine it'd be an instant hit, just like the groundbreaking 240Z was, for advancing the game and bringing the state of the art to the common man.



      • 4 Years Ago
      I think if they kept the current engine and added a hybrid system they could really increase performance and take the z to a new level. It's easy to forget that a hybrid system can have a performance purpose instead of just mpg.
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