Nissan Might Team Up With Mercedes-Benz For The Next Z

The all-new Supra isn’t out yet, but things are looking up for the sports car that was built as a joint venture between Toyota and BMW. Apparently, Nissan is also looking for a potential partner for the 370Z replacement in order to share the development and production costs.

According to Japanese magazine Response (via Japanese Nostalgic Car), which cites “unnamed European agents”, that partner could very well be Mercedes-Benz.

This makes sense, as the Japanese automaker’s luxury division, Infiniti, has worked with the Germans on the QX30 crossover that shares its underpinnings with the Mercedes GLA, and Nissan itself provided Daimler with the Navara as a basis for Merc’s first-ever pickup truck, the X-Class.

According to the report, the next-gen Z would be offered in two trims. The entry-level model will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder built by Mercedes, while the range-topping version will use the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Infiniti Q60, where it produces 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

Whatever Nissan has in store for the next Z, it can’t come a moment too soon. The 370Z ((pictured below) hasn’t changed a lot since it debuted in 2008 – and 10 years is an eternity in the automotive world. Nevertheless, despite previous reports that announced its demise, Nissan confirmed at the beginning of the year that it is indeed working on a new Z.

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  • Six_Tymes

    great news! I dislike the current Z. although the 350Z was very good.

  • BlackPegasus

    I’ll withhold my thoughts on this until I see more evidence of an actual collaboration. A concept would be a great start NOT a rendering. ?

  • Dr Strangefinger

    Must be a slow day…. This story is being recycled from 3 years ago. And was just as unlikely then as it is now. Next article please.

  • LWOAP

    If it turns out to be true or not remains to be seen. I just hope Nissan doesn’t screw it up.

    • brn

      Hope Mercedes doesn’t screw it up either.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    something “inspired” from 43 amg series?

  • Jason Miller

    This story has already been proven as FALSE. It’s not happening.

    • Moveon Libtards

      This site is desperate obviously. Those re-hashed Tesla stories arent getting the attention anymore.

  • LWOAP

    Getting a 404 Error.

    • Honda NSX-R

      The link works for me, but anyway it’s a Motor Trend article saying that the article is false

      • LWOAP

        Thanks man.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Looks like Honda’s gonna pair up with Audi for the new S2000…

    • Honda NSX-R

      Audi TT developed alongside the S2K 😛

    • LWOAP

      Mitsubishi teaming up with Ford to make a new Lancer Evo with 550hp and a drift mode. 😮

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Keep going…

  • Agreed, but appearantly Japanese magazine tend to do so called “scoops” to actually gauged public relations, and car company support this… at least in Japan.

  • It’s fake but one thing that almost sure is next Z is apparently a crossover.

    • Honda NSX-R

      The ZUV 😛

    • Jason Miller

      It will not be a crossover.

  • Belthronding

    you want better,sustainable and more profitable Z car? you better make a 4 cylinder either.

  • Kagan

    not 300, 400

  • Christian Wimmer

    The Mercedes X-Class was actually not the first Mercedes pickup. There have been many “pickups” from Mercedes’ in the past such as the 170V for example from 1949 IIRC. But the first purpose built pickup from the company was a pickup version of the W115 220D which was locally assembled in Argentina. That was a genuine pickup and was very popular with its operators.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Remember when Germans/ Euros were making fun of Americans for making/ buying pickup trucks? Now they are doing the same. Just like SUVs too.

      If you cant beat them, join them…

  • Bash

    Oh finally, there is a new Z in the future.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Proving the Japanese manufacturers cant build sports cars themselves anymore. Just like the Toyota Supra, they need German help.

  • Vassilis

    I like the idea of this. Only problem is, the V6 must produce much more than 300something hp in order for the different engine choices to make sense.

  • Infinite1

    False until they actually build one

  • Bo Hanan

    Mercedes could twin the car with the SLC. But watch the weight.

  • MarkoS

    My guess is that if there is a joint venture it will be for the next GT-R. If Mercedes were actually doing a SLK/SLC replacement a Z-Car tie up would make sense, but aren’t they discontinuing that model. If Nissan does a Z-Car it will like share a platform with Infinity. I say too bad that they didn’t do the IDX, That platform could have served a myriad of vehicles.

  • smartacus

    RWD NA 4-baner sporty coupe is so desperately needed that whoever
    is first to comes out with one will be the go-to brand for everything else.
    (Miata RF is a retractable hardtop roadster, Toyobaru is just a coupe)

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    These cross-over collaborations are just odd. So, Nissan doesn’t have the chops to just do it alone? Talk about low self confidence….

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