A Nissan executive has confirmed the Japanese firm will build successors to both the 370Z and GT-R, saying the automaker is “working on them”.

According to Autocar, Ivan Espinosa, vice-president for global product strategy and product planning at the brand, told the media at the Tokyo Motor Show the two nameplates were "at the heart of Nissan and we are actively looking at and working on them”.

Espinosa added fans could “expect something soon”.

“I can’t share what but that doesn’t mean we’re not working on them. Nissan is about exciting cars,” he added.

Interestingly, Espinosa said Nissan would not rule out a possible collaboration with another automaker, hinting the brand could follow a similar route taken by Toyota in terms of its partnership with BMW (resulting in the new-generation Supra and Z4).

“There are no golden rules and we are particularly open. There are some elements you can’t play with as these are brand icons. There is a limit to what you can share and commonise, with expectations not to go beyond what customers expect from a brand.

“There are challenges and difficulties that will force us outside to look at different options but they are important to us,” he said, likely referring to the difficulty in making a business case for sportscars in the current automotive climate.