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A new NissanNissanJapan, 1932 > present ZNissan Fairlady ZJapan, 1969 > 2007 is coming in two years. According to the car's designer Shiro Nakamura, it will reveal a concept at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show and then go on sale in 2015.
Nakamura also talked a little about the car's design. While things are still early, he says that it is going to be lighter, smaller and more mainstream.
Nakamura is not necessarily saying all of the things enthusiasts want to hear about the next Z car.
"It cannot be any larger. It's at its maximum size now and should go leaner. It needs to be lighter, and more accessible to open the door to more people. The next one has to have a stronger impact," he said.
The rumor is that the Z is going to drop its six-cylinder engine for the first time and switch to a turbocharged four-cylinder.
The current 370zNissan 370ZJapan, 2008 > 2012 has a curb weight of 3,314lbs. If the next car is really intent on cutting weight, then that means weight could fall south of 3,000lbs. It is unlikely though that Nissan will be able to maintain the car's current 330hp with a turbocharged four-cylinder, unless it is working on something that we do not know about. Assuming the car would weigh 3,000lbs, it will need about 275hp to maintain the same power-to-weight ratio. The more weight Nissan cuts, the less powerful the engine needs to be to maintain the current standard.
Nakamura also said that he is working on giving Nissan a more unified look. From the MicraNissan MicraJapan, 1982 > present to the TitanNissan TitanJapan, 2004 > present pick-up truck, someone should be able to look at a car and immediately know if it is a Nissan.
Source: Inside Line