A fresh report out of the United Kingdom claims Nissan will launch a new 400Z, with the long-awaited 370Z successor set to employ twin-turbo V6 power.
According to Autocar, the new 400Z will be revealed “within the next 12 months”, positioned as a rival to the Toyota GR Supra. Interestingly, though, it’s not yet clear whether the Japanese firm will build the new model in right-hand drive.
The publication speculates the newcomer will ride on a tweaked version of Infiniti’s rear-wheel-drive platform, as used by the Q50 and Q60. In addition, the report suggests the 400Z will borrow the Q60’s twin-turbocharged 3,0-litre V6 petrol engine.
For the record, that engine generates 298 kW in the all-paw Q60; it remains to be seen what sort of peak power it would offer in the 400Z. Furthermore, Autocar suggests the new sportscar will be available with both a manual and an automatic transmission.
The report claims the new 400Z will feature a front end inspired by the 240Z and taillamps mimicking those of the 300ZX. Inside, we can expect a digital instrument display to dominate the thoroughly overhauled cabin.
In South Africa, the 370Z is offered in both manual (R741 400) and automatic (R763 500) form, with its naturally aspirated V6 offering the rear axle 245 kW and 363 N.m.