Nissan's on-again, off-again MX-5 Miata rival is... on again, at least according to the blokes at Auto Express. What form a potential two-door sporty coupe from Nissan may take – if it happens at all – is still widely debatable; it could be as simple as a cut-down Sentra or as crazy as a sporty take on the all-electric Leaf.

Did that last little tidbit catch you off guard? Remember that Nissan showed off just such a machine in the form of the Esflow Concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, though we wouldn't expect any potential production model to share much with that highly conceptual design.

In any case, Auto Express seems to think this sporty 2+2 may ride on a midsize platform sourced from Mercedes-Benz (the two automakers signed a partnership in 2010) that would be shared with whatever replaces the 370Z (along with its Infiniti G Coupe) and even the next-generation GT-R.

Another bit of wackiness? AE says Nissan is considering turning to the experts at Lotus for help in tuning the chassis for added sportiness. We suppose all of this is possible, but for now, we're taking it with the largest grain of salt we can get our hands on.

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      Nissan thinking about producing a Miata competitor? A+ Nissan thinking about producing another overstyled mess like this that will age fast? D -
      • 3 Years Ago
      So Nissan could we just have an S16 revival? the 1.6T from the Juke would be fine thanks. The FT-86 is going to be lonely.
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      Glad to see Asia hasn't lost its zeal for hideous monstrosities. Mindless CR-reading automatons surely will follow.
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      What the hell are you talking about? Don't you mean 240SX revival?
      • 3 Years Ago
      that is THE worst surfacing i have ever seen
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        It's an ugly design, but I'm not seeing blatant errors in surfacing. I'm kind of thinking you're using a word you heard other people use without understanding what it means. Poor surfacing would be ripples or strange bends in the reflection on what should be a smooth surface, or awkward ends/starts to character lines, etc.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would it be wacky to have Nissan turn to Lotus to tune the suspension? Didn't thet do the same thing with the GT-R? I think that worked out pretty well for them. As for this concept, way too bulky. Is Nissan REALLY wants to take on the MX-5, they need to look no further than the lessons learned from the Solstice and Sky. Half baked solutions will not work. If you really want to challenge and best the MX-5, you have to be utterly devoted to what the MX-5 represents and what it does well. Any solution needs to do what the MX-5 does well, plus some things it (MX-5) doesn't do well, and at the same price to have ANY chance of truly challenging the MX-5.
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      Is it me, or is this an '82 Corvette?
      R Man Manmanman
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      Is that a very small woman, or huge car? off
      David Clayton
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      Agreed... That does not look like the same target market that the Miata is shooting for. Looks like a Stingray Batmobile love child. Nissan needs to not be so strange!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The MX5 is a convertible
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      Silvia please, more of an FR-S competitor. It doesn't have to be a cabrio.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Get one of Nissan's smaller platforms (B or C), make it light, drop in a tuned version of the Juke's turbo four. It's a fine engine.
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