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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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      • 3 Months Ago
      Nissan needs to get back to basics with the Z, the need to shed about 1,000 pounds from it and put a 2.4L back in it so it can be the scrappy lean sports car the 240Z of yester-year was.
      • 3 Months Ago
      Retro has limited appeal. Most, if not all, retro models have been commercial failures. Nissan played around with a 240-like resurrection but went with an updated version of the 300, the 350Z. I had one and it was a great car to drive.
        • 3 Months Ago
        That doesn't explain the success of the 2005+ mustang, the new camaro, challenger, charger. And the Porsche 997 returned more to pre-996 styling. It seems retro was pretty successful there, which is why there's a trend for retro right now.