Nissan Explains Why It Took Its Sweet Time With The New Z
Much like its sports car sibling, the new generation Nissan Z sports car had been slow to arrive. But luckily, that statement is now a blissful past (sort of) with the introduction of the Nissan Z Proto this week.
Finally, we got a glimpse of what’s in store for the next Z car, which would be called the 400Z, at least in prototype form. But then again, Nissan boss Makoto Uchida has said the Z Proto is “near the final”, so we’re essentially looking at the production version whether you like it or not.
Now the question is, why has Nissan taken its time to make the next Z car? It should be noted that the Nissan 370Z arrived in showrooms in 2008, effectively marking a 12-year gap between the Z generations. However, still not as old as the current Nissan GT-R, but I do. move away from the subject.
It was all about timing and what the market wants, according to Z, GT-R and Nismo specialist Hiroshi Tamura, speaking to the media during the Z Proto reveal and as reported by the Australia. CarsGuide. It seems that timing is very important to the automaker, and for them now is the right time.
But if you think it took Nissan those 12 long years to develop an all-new Z car built from the ground up, there’s a point of contention based on the reports. Apparently it will still be backed by the FM architecture, albeit overhauled, and the powerhouse will be the existing 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Infiniti Q50 and Q60.
Then again, Nissan is proud of its heritage and reusing it saves the brand a lot of development costs. If there is any silver lining, Tamura-san said the next Z car will be a autonomous model, unlike its competitors.
“Our Z is Z, Z is autonomous,” Tamura said. What a way to cast a shadow over the Z car’s closest competitor, the Toyota Supra.