Andy Palmer, Nissan's executive vice president, does not like the Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ. To us, that's like saying you enjoy barbecuing puppies, but we'll let him slide, because his statements about the Toyobaru twins are much, much more than just idle trash talk.

Speaking to Motor Trend's Nate Martinez, Palmer said, "Do we have any competitors [in the small, rear-drive coupe segment]? Are you talking about the Subaru [BRZ]? It was a car designed for a 50-year-old. It's for a midlife crisis. That's not what we do." Strong words, but what followed was even better.

"Are you coming to the Tokyo Motor Show? You'll see the answer to the midlife crisis. Except it won't be for the midlife crisis." So, if you were wondering whether Nissan is working on a competitor to the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, the answer seems to be a resounding "yes."

According to a previous report from MT, whatever Nissan's "answer" for the BRZ and FR-S is, it'll be rear-drive, and sport a detuned version of Nissan's VQ37, 3.7-liter V6 from the 370Z, but will also be available with a 2.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. We're now more excited than ever before about Tokyo.


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      flammablewater
      • 1 Year Ago
      Counterpoint: Murano Convertible.
      askroon
      • 1 Year Ago
      370Z is much more of a midlife crisis car than FR-S
      Brex
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mr. Palmer sounds like a bitter loser since the FR-S and BRZ are getting so much love. And he's completely off the mark about it being a mid-life crisis car. Funny how he caught himself after saying that Nissan will be making something for their customers going through a mid-life crisis: "You'll see the answer to the midlife crisis. Except it won't be for the midlife crisis." Now, he's really not making any sense.
      FutureDoc
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a former "Datsun" Z owner, the FRS/BRZ is the closest thing to the original Z. The 370 is more of the mid-life crisis car... especially since the crisis is that one's life did not turn out as well as one could hope so that you could afford a 911.
      wickedsc300
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since when is a $25,000 car a midlife crisis vehicle? Thats a pretty shitty mid-life. The Vette still reigns as the midlife crisis car.
      wilmisale
      • 1 Year Ago
      He must be right. The Murano convertible is so much better suited to the demographic.
        Thill
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wilmisale
        The first time I saw a Murano convertible I thought "who the hell asked for this"?? Pretty much the Pontiac Aztec of the modern era. Ugly as hell. The Aztec may actually be better looking...
          • 1 Year Ago
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      Jimmy
      • 1 Year Ago
      It took the international praise of the FR-S/BRZ before Andy Palmer decides the world doesn't want Jukes, Cubes and Murano Cabriolets but rather lightweight, affordable sports cars. Even after dropping the price of the Z, no ones buying nissans, so naturally he decides to call the competition "mid-life crisis" worthy. If that's the latest marketing ploy at Nissan, then I applaud you for foolishness and ask that you stop talking big and let us decide how good this new car is.
        Autoholics Anonymous
        @Jimmy
        I think Andy Palmer is just mad because the 370Z is too heavy to compete with Toyobaru twins. Mid-Life jealousy crises much?
      zepeda1
      • 1 Year Ago
      "It's a car designed for a 50 year old. it's for a midlife crisis"...he says enviously; why didn't we think of it first!
      Neez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Around here i haven't seen anyone over 25 driving a toyobaru. However, i do see a bunch of old farts driving 370z's. However, i don't care how much of a tool Palmer may be if they re-release the 240 with a turbo finally into the U.S.
      sampson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pretty poor choice of words... Even if you're working for a competitor, you have to be able to admit when a car is good. If you're a car enthusiast, how can you possibly not like a Lightweight, RWD, manual transmission coupe? It's pretty much understood, that is the formula for a classic sports car... Hopefully he's just stirring the pot, and trying to get some press...
      msspamrefuge
      • 1 Year Ago
      No agent of Nissan has room to talk when the most interesting sub-$30k vehicle in their employer's lineup is the Juke Nismo.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well Mr. Palmer's abrasive and false answer has singlehandedly cut me out as a potential customer, and I'm sure many other people feel the same way. I mean is this guy an absolute delusional lunatic? He is, judging from what he said.
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