Next Nissan Z Model Might Get 475 HP Nismo Version

A few days after reports emerged asserting that Nissan will work with Mercedes-Benz to develop the next-generation Z sports car, claims have been published that the new Z will receive a potent Nismo version.

Citing unnamed “senior officials from Nissan,” Autocar claims that the next Z will share its rear-wheel drive platform, engine line-up and electric system with the future Infiniti Q60. The range-topping Nismo model will then use a modified version of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 found in various Infinitis but comprehensively upgraded to a hearty 475 hp and 451 lb-ft of torque.

Another important development for the new Nismo will be its inclusion of an all-wheel drive system to make the most of the grunt.

Beyond its powertrain, the future Nissan Z is tipped to be slightly larger than the 370Z and will be joined by a Roadster at a later date.

Reports out of Japan assert that Nissan is looking to partner with Mercedes-Benz to share the development and production costs of creating the new sports car. Considering the declining demand for such vehicles, doing so may be the brand’s only option if it wants to keep the Z badge alive.

Non-Nismo badged models will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in base guise and a version of the Infiniti Q60’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 400 hp.

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  • Nick099

    I believe it when it’s for sale with serious horsepower.

    Infiniti ” Q50 Eau Rouge” anyone???

  • Jay

    Hmm honestly didn’t know this still existed.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Fake news

  • Jason Miller

    The Mercedes venture is fake news. This story is more believable, but if you really pay attention to it, if they are going to use the Q60 platform and engines, where would Mercedes come in to help anyway? Makes no sense.

    • Honda NSX-R

      These rumors seem plausible, but on Autocar it says that a concept could reveal at the 2018 Tokyo Motor Show. There is no Tokyo Motor Show this year, TMS only happens on odd years.

    • Mill0048

      Maybe Nissan is looking to replace the aging FM architecture and co-develop that with Merc. I don’t know any better, but just a thought. :

  • DMax

    Can’t Nissan just continue what they were doing before with the Z/G cars? Just take Q60 redsport and make it a smaller, lighter 2 seater with sport suspension and more aggressive engine tune. Call it ZX400. Done!

    • Jason Miller

      Z cars are named by engine size, not horsepower. If they go with the 3.0L, it would be a 300Z.

      • DMax

        That’s the thing though, these model nomenclatures never go backwards only up. It will be weird if the new model is lower than the last considering the long history of the Z. BMW, Merc, Ferrari and others have stopped naming their models by the engine size.

      • The original Datsun model was sold as the Fairlady Z in Japan. They didn’t feel that the US market would embrace the name and started using a number designation corresponding to the engine size. If you follow the history of the Z cars, they already had a 300ZX in the past. It would make it more likely that they would continue with a sequentially larger numerical designation for the new model or do away with the number altogether for the future models of the Z.

        • Just to add I think they can’t trademark Fairlady as well, they tried with Datsun Sports 2000 (Fairlady 2000).

  • Tumbi Mtika

    So basically an impractical GT-R?

    What would be the f___ing point of that?


    Nissan and Mercedes isn’t collaborating. It was already proven to be false.

  • I bought one of the first 370Z’s in 2009 and upgraded to the revised model in 2013. It’s a great but very under-rated car that people like but usually don’t buy. It has more than enough horsepower for the street and offers a lot of car for the money. It is an extremely well balanced car that does everything well and is still reasonably affordable to own and drive. Adding more horsepower would be interesting but would drive up the cost and start to be less attainable, more like the high priced GTR. In the end, a new and more powerful Z could definitely be a nice car for the few people who choose to buy one but Nissan probably won’t sell very many.

    • Honda NSX-R

      I agree, the 370Z is an underrated car. A simple, fast, raw sports car from Japan in the times of FI, autonomous driving, and electrification…

  • Andrew Jensen

    Nissan/Infiniti and Mercedes shared development of a transmission recently, I believe that would be the extent of the ‘shared development’ for the new Z.

  • They need to do something about price points and market target, the current Z is too expensive for young enthusiast, but it’s woefully equipped or powerful to take the likes of TT and Boxster.

  • smartacus

    forget it, it’s just
    not happening.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Just happen, next Z-car. Just happen!

  • SteersUright

    Interesting. I’ll set my alarm clock and get excited in the next half-decade when the first prototype of this new Z start being shown. Maybe I’ll set aside a good bottle of Red to age as well.

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