Typically Jay Leno's Garage gives us cool insights on rare, old and sometimes forgotten car models. In the latest episode, however, Jay takes us along to visit Nissan in Japan, where he talks about the next-generation of Z car.

The usually well-informed Leno starts the episode not knowing exactly what he's driving in a very special edition Nissan Fairlady 240ZG, though he does pronounce himself a fast fan of the original Z. After briefly motoring around Zama, Japan, The Chin drops in on the Nissan Technical Center, and gets the chance to ask Nissan design boss Shiro Nakamura, if there will be a new Z to mark Nissan's 80th anniversary in 2013. Jay also takes the opportunity to offer some insight as to what he'd like to see in a 2014 successor to the current 370Z.

Good times, as usual, with the king of car collecting. Please scroll down to watch the full episode.



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      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The current SE-R Spec V is powered by a 200 HP 2.5L inline 4. In the right RWD chassis, it'd be squarely aimed at the 86 GT / FR-S / BRZ... and as we see from sales and demand, it's not like there ISN'T a market for such a vehicle. A new Nissan 250Z starting around $25,000, placed below the 370Z and costing about 25% less? Seems like a no-brainer to me.
        Marc Swankhuizen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        That's exactly what the Silvia/SX line should be covering. The 240 SX was a decent car and it's Japanese equivalents are little monsters
      sloturbo
      • 2 Years Ago
      A 240z to compete with the FR-S / BRZ would be very cool. Nissan, please build it.
      paulwilson05
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still a pretty car...
      disngaj
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like to see Nissan - and the other manufacturers - get back to sports car shapes with better outward visibility, but that (unfortunately) may be considered too old-fashioned these days.
        Xedicon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @disngaj
        Not considered too old fashioned, but won't pass safety standards. We've all got hyper chubby pillars these days for rollover and other considerations, and a tall belt line for side impact. Given the crazy amount of rules governing car design I must say it constantly amazes me what car designers can achieve.
          lne937s
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Xedicon
          I disagree. The new Altima is the lightest car in its class and just recieved a 5 start crash rating under the new, stricter crash tests. Compared to its competition (see Fusion), the beltline is lower and the pillars are much narrower. If engineered properly, you do not have to have gun slits for windows. "Safety" is largely an excuse. The real reason for small small windows is it being the current styling trend or the result of using a platform on a smaller car that was intended for a larger vehicle with a taller firewall. The new Z could have significantly larger windows and easily pass the new crash standards if engineered correctly.
        Rr778
        • 2 Years Ago
        @disngaj
        Most if that visibility is derived from thin flimsy pillars. Those days are gone
      Craigg Turner
      • 2 Years Ago
      @americansbuyamericanmade your an idiot. That is all
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay, I have to preface my comment by stating that I have never driven a FR-S or BRZ, but if I had a choice between a ~3300 lb car with 300+ hp and and 2700-2800 lb car with 200 hp, I would choose more hp. Also, regarding the previous comment about 3300 lb and 400 hp; if that were feasible at this price point, every manufacturer would be making one and every enthusiast would be buying one.
        R_E_L
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan
        sounds like you want the current gen 370z then
      Mercer
      • 2 Years Ago
      The funny thing about Fairlady Z's Jay Leno favored backside is that Datsun/ Nissan at the time didn't process the heavy curve stamping & welding technologies nor the money for the expensive handcrafting techniques that were necessary to recreate the E-Type curve. It was more like a beautiful accident than a relentless pursuit of automotive perfection. Strangely, I kind of find the supposedly cheap replica 240Z ages more gracefully than the original Jaguar E-Type design.
      Robin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the irony of "True Americans believe is [sic] freedom and support their fellow Americans." and "Don't let him back into this country." in the same post. Quite the comedian.
        Robin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Robin
        I wrote this in response to a post that got repeated 100 times that has since been (rightly) deleted. I suppose my response could be deleted, too, as it has no context anymore and might be misconstrued.
          type r 98 503
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Robin
          lol, i was wondering what you guys were talking about.
      domingorobusto
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a ZG you philistine! The flares were stock! For somebody who knows cars the way Jay does, I'm amazed he didn't know how special the ZG he was piloting was. But I do hope the next Z is a return to the original sports car roots. Ever since the last of the shortbody S30s, the Z has been trending more and more towards being a GT instead of the true sports car that the S30 was. I loved my Z32 TT to death, but it was a heavy, luxury oriented GT more than it was a light and nimble sports car.
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