With 370Z, we still don’t know if the next generation will have a larger or smaller engine.
Nissan has been playing ping-pong with the idea of developing a low-buck, big-bang sports car offering of its own for some time. The buzz surrounding the BRZ/FR-S and the quality of the execution has lit the fires once again, and the flames are reaching higher than ever before. In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Nissan’s Chief Creative Officer, Shiro Nakamura, related that Nissan is seriously considering downsizing the Z-car saying, “I much prefer a smaller sports car. It is the time to look at that. With 370Z, we still don’t know if the next generation will have a larger or smaller engine.”
The $64,000 question is will the Z-car be the “Challenger” or will Nissan build an all-new offering slotted below the Z in Nissan’s model hierarchy? The 370Z is a solid performance coupe, and we see Nissan keeping it as is and creating a smaller, mid-$25,000 sports car to tackle the BRZ and FR-S mano-a-mano-a-mano.