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The good people of Road & Track have gone through the trouble of rendering the next-generation Nissan Z for everyone's viewing pleasure, and if their take on the vehicle is anything close to the mark, we can expect a much more streamlined appearance from the sports car in the near future. In addition to the more aerodynamic look, R&T reports that Nissan may equip the future Z with a hybrid drivetrain to both increase performance and reduce fuel consumption at the same time. A battery pack would also go a long way toward curbing the vehicle's emissions.
If the engineers behind the 2013 Z decide to go that route, R&T says that we can likely expect to see the same running gear under the hood as currently found in the Infiniti M hybrid. That means a 3.5-liter V6 working in concert with an electric motor to produce a combined 360 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. That line of thought is bolstered by rumor of a hybrid-drivetrain Z test mule buzzing around the U.S. at the moment, and in that configuration, the publication says that the Z should be good for close to 30 mpg. We're guessing it won't have any trouble getting out of its own way, either.

Head over to Road & Track for the full skinny.

[Source: Road & Track]

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      Although I doubt it will ever see the light of day here in the US, I'm happy to hear that auto makers are increasingly considering diesel engines.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They'd better be getting the ZX badge ready again because this is going to be another fatbody GT rather than the lightweight and simple sports car the Z badge is supposed to represent. Not that Nissan seems to have much appreciation for its own history anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Pffft. Since when does Nissan have such a quick turn around on product? The 350Z ran from 02-09, so why would a better car only be around for 4 years? At the very earliest, a new Z would be here in 2015, don't you think?
      • 4 Years Ago
      render speculation = random guy off the street doing photoshop.

      stop thinking that every teaser image you see is official
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't mind the updated bodywork, but making it a hybrid would be a dealbreaker for me. I got no problem with hybrids, but taking one of the last light, simple, reasonably priced two-seat sports cars and saddling it with batteries and a separate electric drivetrain sounds like a disaster with two possible outcomes:

      1) The car's light weight is retained through the use of nonstandard, expensive materials, sending the car's price into the realm of Corvettes, GT500s, and the occasional used GT-R.

      2) The car is made with the intent of maintaining the price point of the current car, resulting in a drop in component quality, winding up with a significant weight gain and sacrificing even more interior space on a car that has little to begin with. You'd essentially wind up with a more expensive version of the CR-Z.

      There's no magical way to get hybrid benefits without some kind of compromise. You're either going to add money or weight, either of which will kill it faster than you can say "300ZX"
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know these renderings never are accurate, BUT...
      A Nissan that resembles a Ferrari for under $50k!?
      • 4 Years Ago
      'Hybrid' and 'sports car' are mutually exclusive terms. That is all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Porsche 918 Spyder. Coming 2012/2013. Faster than a Carrera GT. That is all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      evidently have to be a paying member to see the whole picture at Road and Track.

      However: methinks hachette filipachi doesnt know what men like. to whit:
      the HFMUS Mens Network includes: Elle, Glo, Woman's Day,...
        • 4 Years Ago
        VQ37 sounds like a sewing machine on hyperdrive from the outside. Sounded okay in the inside, but not much better. I have heard one or two 370Z with aftermarket exhausts that sounded much more menacing, but unfortunately no way of finding out since they blew past while I was walking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's odd. I saw this on Road & Track a few days ago, it was on their main page and I freely accessed it, but now you're right it definitely asks you to log in to see it.

        I didn't really think it looked very Nissan, and I highly doubt they'd dump their new arrow-head design so quickly.

        As far as the Hybrid drivetrain ... I certainly hope not, but that or turbo's are probably the only way they'll get more out of a VQ37 engine equipped vehicle at this point. I love the sound of the VQ37 from outside the car, but from inside it sounds like a million hampsters running as fast as they can on tiny, squeaky little wheels. They could use the N/A GT-R engine, change the head to make it spin a little freer, possibly ... not sure if it's longitudinally mounted in the GT-R, I've never investigated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Because the Corvette has a lot of torque and a .5:1 overdrive 6th gear. No replacement for displacement.

      By contrast, the Corvette does not get particularly good city mileage, and still comes standard with GM's 104 "skipshift" feature to try and improve city fuel economy.

      By contrast, a hybrid Z should have decent highway mileage and stellar city mileage. Not saying it's what I would want to see, just trying to provide a little insight.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its just rendering.
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      "A battery pack would also go a long way toward curbing the vehicle's emissions."

      Likely true, but how far would it go in curbing the vehicle's sticker price? Wasn't the ballooning cost of the 300ZX one of the things that almost killed the Z platform? And any idea on how much weight the hybrid drivetrain will add?

        • 4 Years Ago
        Almost all of the 90's generation japanese sport coupes went WAY up in price and sophistication compared to the 80's era japanese sport coupes. SVX, 300ZX, Supra, FD-RX7, and 3000GT.

        But part of that price increase was also the 90's era japanese recession which made the exchange rate effectively jack up those cars prices.

        That combined with CAFE regs creating a double-standard for light trucks basically swung the market from expensive japanese sport coupes, to much cheaper american-made SUVs.

        It nearly killed the whole coupe market, and the only one that survived un-interrupted was the SN95 Mustang, because it was cheap as hell to continue to build, and it didn't have much competition for what remained of the performance coupe customer base, until the 350Z and other sport coupes started to come back on line.

        The 280ZX and Z31 300ZX were getting more sophisticated than the 240 and 280Z, and the X was supposed to indicate a more up-scale position. The Z32 300ZX is also in that vein, rather than the simpler idiom of the Z only cars.

        All that said... the Z32 is one of my favorite RWD coupes. All the style and more, than t-top F-bodys, plus actually quite good independent suspension underneath, and a more finely crafted interior than any of the american RWD cars of the day.

        The exterior styling of the Z32 is iconic, although I do wish the Z32 had a 'hoffmeister kink' sort of truncated-triangle rear quarter window, like the 280ZX before, and the 350Z/G35 Coupe had afterward.

        I hate pedestrian crash regs for destroying the possiblity of a sport coupe as sleek and low as the Z32 used to be. I don't even think the FT-86 project with a low boxer engine behind the front axle will be as low and sleek as the Z32 was, nor will Toyota or Subaru likely sculpt such a clean and purposeful shape as Z32.

        IF Subaru were going to build a RWD coupe that could succeed the Z32, with a 300+hp EZ36 boxer under the low hood, backed by a 6MT, with T-tops, and a liftback hatch, and clean graceful styling like the Z32 had, I would so buy that. Not as a daily driver, but as a car to keep for perpetuity and drive on nice days, and buy a cheap beater Subaru with AWD to drive on other days, and through the winter.

        But I have a feeling that Subaru isn't going that direction with FT-86, and as such, I would prefer an AWD daily-driver sport coupe from them, if they aren't going to make something epic in every respect except price.

        And Nissan isn't going to re-create the Z32 with their current insane styling, and rumblings about hybrid drive.

        I'd be more interested in a t-top fastback successor to the Z32 from Nissan, with the VK50 engine under the hood, from the Infiniti FX50, with a simplified GT-R rear transaxle that only drives the rear wheels. If the front end can't be as low as the Z32, it might as well have a 5-liter V8 under the hood.

        After all, Mustang has one, and the next generation of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe probably will, too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Flakk, you hit the nail on the head. The 300ZX increased in complexity, weight and cost and was no longer what made the Z so popular in the first place.

        If Nissan goes the hybrid route with the Z, I'd much rather see a smaller, lighter engine paired with an electric motor. Then again, if they can pull this off without the price going through the roof, and keep the weight in check, it would go like crazy!
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