Really Nissan, Still Haven’t Made Up Your Mind On New GT-R And Z?

It seems like Nissan has forgotten to replace both of its sportscars, namely the GT-R and the 370Z, which have been in the market since 2007 and 2008 respectively – although, to their defense, the former has been updated numerous times.

There have been many reports on the future of Nissan’s performance models for years but we haven’t really seen or heard anything solid on the matter for quite some time.

Nissan’s Chief Planning Officer Philippe Klein, however, broke the silence by confirming to Top Gear that they are still working on their replacements, without revealing too many details.

“It’s true that performance cars are ‘under the gun’ of regulations,” said Klein. “It’s making the idea more complicated. But the emotion [for us] is still there, for us and for our customers.”

“We have the Z and the GT-R, lots of fans, and we are fans of these cars also. I’m not able to give you details, but I would like you to keep in mind that we are considering the future of these vehicles.”

According to Klein, Nissan is still working out which route to take with the next generation of its sports cars as the industry is rapidly shifting into the era of electrification. He also admitted that it’s been an awfully long time since a new GT-R or Z car appeared in the market.

“The driving experience is very high on our priority list. I don’t know how much experience you have with EVs, but they are very fun to drive,” he added. Nissan is also planning to expand its hybrid e-power technology, which is another obvious candidate for their next sports cars.

“In the end we would like the regulations to take nothing away from how fun the car is to drive. It’s not always easy, but this is the direction. Yes, we’re still looking at the future of sports cars, hot cars and fun to drive cars.”

So, are the next GT-R and Z models going to be electric or hybrids?

“We’re still working hard on different options” said Klein, “but I can’t give you an answer just yet. The regulations bring a lot of concerns, so the question is how to answer these constraints and still offer a car to the consumer that’s fun to drive. But there are different options and we’re working on them. We’re defending the sports car.”

Well, that’s nice to hear, but if Nissan is indeed still contemplating what path to take, instead of actually developing the cars, we’re probably in for a long wait – much to rival manufacturers’ joy, we may add.

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  • eb110americana

    I feel like instead of an alliance with Subaru and then BMW, Toyota should have teamed up with Nissan for their sports cars. I could definitely see a new GT-86/370Z and Supra/GT-R with platform sharing and yet still going their own unique routes. The GT-86 could stay 4-cylinder, but add a turbo (possibly borrowing the powertrain from Nissan), while the 370Z (400Z?) would be its slightly larger sibling featuring a 3.0t V6. The 350Z and 370Z have been in desperate need of a diet, since they have been forced to share Nissan/Infiniti’s sole RWD car platform, so this would aid Nissan greatly. The Supra and GT-R could share Nissan’s next 3.8L twin-turbo V6, but the GT-R would add AWD with torque vectoring and probably electric boost, which would result in a much heavier car, but a technical advantage over the more pure RWD Supra experience.

    • Alberto Barrales

      I believe it’s more like GT86/240sx and Supra/Z replacement. Making the Supra/GTR would make the supra super expensive or the GTR far inferior than now. But I do believe that Nissan should definitely use the 3.0TT from Infiniti on the new Z.

    • Bo Hanan

      Good insite.
      I also suspect the recent reorganizing of Mitsu-Renault-Nissan, is part of the delay and will only hurt car enthusiast when the dust settles.

  • Callanish

    Without the GTR and Z, Nissan would have a very bland lineup.

    • FlameWater

      AWD Altima doesn’t tickle your fancy?

      • Callanish

        Had to look that one up. Didn’t know too much about it. It does have potential, but would have liked the AWD version to also have the more powerful 236 HP engine available with the AWD model, rather than it only available to the FWD model. Would definitely take the Altima over a Camry or Accord.

        • Dude

          The first shipment just came out in my town and they’re already sold out and I see one every day. It’s a hit but yeah I don’t understand why their advanced engine isn’t available with their premier AWD system.

          • RysterARCEE

            Probably because you can get a 2019 Infiniti Q50 AWD 2.0t sedan for only $3K more than a FWD Altima Platinum VC-Turbo. If they put the AWD on the VC-Turbo Altima, you would be up in Infiniti pricing and it would be a tough sell.

          • Dude

            So they have the exact problem that Honda has with the Accord and TLX lol. The Accord/Altima has gotten so good that making it any better would make the TLX/Q50 redundant.

          • Dude

            “knocking everyone in your path”. Um, what? Also how dare you call me a child. Such delinquency.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Maybe they should borrow platforms from other manufacturers. I think their challenge is more of having an aging lineup in general, and wanting to throw resources at money makers first, like trucks and SUVs. That model works better for other sporty car producer’s. Trucks and SUV’s will finance sports cars and EV’s.

  • SteersUright

    Maybe they should just go to BMW too? Seems only the Germans can build anything worth selling these days, despite their ever-existent poor reliability and very expensive maintenance.
    But, in all reality, it looks like the Japanese have largely bowed out of the sports car game.

    • Alduin

      The current Z and GTR are outdated,badly outdated cars.

    • KAG25

      The BMW Toyota thing is horrible, parts are going to be expensive for that Supra.

  • Alduin

    Since the EVO is dead I think Mitsubishi should develop a new Montero and create a smaller version called the Pajero Evolution SUV and have that be their sporty 350HP turbocharged AWD-SAC halo vehicle. Nissan should just retire the GT-R. The only best ones were the R34,33,32 and so on. The Z should probably bite the dust too as nobody really buys coupes or convertables anymore unless it’s a 911 which I love 911’s. For Nissan to be profitable and reliable they need to hire better designers for one and drop Renault from their partership.

  • KAG25

    370Z, put the new twin turbo Six from the Infinite line up in it, a easy 400hp car.

    GT-R, come on, 12 years, new one already.

  • performante

    I hate the gap that Nissan has created between the Z and the Infiniti Q60. Remember when the Infiniti G and 350/370Z share a lot of DNA?

  • DetrinKD

    As much as I want them to hurry the hell up, I could see why they are trying to see where things are heading. While the general public seems to be opening up to the idea of electric/electrified, I don’t know if the enthusiast market is ready for it. Modifications are a huge aspect and factor for the Z and GT-R and I don’t know how much electrification would complicate that. So I understand… but I don’t understand. Lol

  • d’Aforde

    Nissan should forget about making the next GTR and Z electric or hybrid. The Z should be put on a diet and powered with a powerful six cylinder. The GTR should also be put on a diet, ditch the all-wheel drive, and have a twin-turbo V8.

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