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  • [NEWS] A Nissan ‘400Z’ Is Coming Soon

    With the SUV segment becoming more and more popular, especially the crossover/soft-roader segment, profits from this segment is increasing greatly and often 50% of car sold in markets such as the US and Europe are some kind of SUVs. This makes life especially difficult for sports cars to compete since less people are buying two-door sports cars thus decreasing the profits from this segment.

    More and more companies are jumping on the SUV bandwagon, with Lamborghini making the Urus and Ferrari confirmed a SUV of sorts is coming too, Mitsubishi meanwhile Mitsubishi is reviving the Eclipse name as well but as a crossover rather than a two-door sports car. Shame.

    The future of the sports cars is looking bleak, especially for mid-range sports cars, including the 370Z Fairlady. Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa told Autocar last year that he was in favour of a new Z car to replace the 370Z. He said the sports car market was a challenging one but was “personally advocating” a new Z car.

    That said, for those who still prefers sports cars than SUVs, good news; Nissan have given the greenlight for a Fairlady replacement, with a reveal as early as 2019 and sales starting in early 2020.

    Via Autocar

    This upcoming model is known internally as the Z35, and will be twinned with the next-gen Infiniti Q60, and according to a senior official from Nissan, both will share the same engine lineup, rear-wheel drive platform, and an electronic system.

    The next-gen Z is set to be slightly larger than the current 370Z, meanwhile insiders suggests that it will be called 400Z, and it’s likely to pack a 3.0L V6 with 399 horsepower from the Infiniti Q60. By comparison, the current 370Z packs 323 horsepower from it’s 3.7L naturally-aspirated V6.

    A Nismo version of the Z is also planned to come out in 2021, with power reaching around 475 horsepower distributed through an all-wheel drive system.

    All this is obviously still a long way to go, but Nissan told Autocar that they would reveal a concept version during the 2018 Tokyo Auto Show. But more importantly, could this mark the return of the Japanese sports cars? The NSX has made a comeback, and the Supra is set to be revealed soon, and there have been plans for a new Honda S2000 as well. With the next-gen Fairlady given the green light, this is certainly good signs for the future of sports cars.