New Nissan sports car can’t compete with FR-S and BRZ
Nissan is reported to have given the green light to build a new compact door-two sports car. As reported by Motor Trend, they say the new car will be called the “Mini-Z” and will be very similar to the Compact Sports car that was revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show last year. Nissan intends to develop the new sports car to compete head-to-head with the Toyota GT 86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.
The “Mini-Z” will not have your typical sports car configuration with rear-whee-drive, but will come with a front-drive-based drive line. It could also be available with an AWD setup similar to the Juke’s all-mode 4X4 system. At the concepts unveiling, Nissan said the car was a “unique sports car for drivers in emerging markets leading active lifestyles with an interest in motorsport.” While the new front-drive sports car will definitely be a sporty car and fun to drive, Nissan will have to make the car available worldwide in order to compete with the GT 86, FR-S and BRZ.
The powertrain on the new “Mini-Z” has not yet been revealed, but Motor Trend reports that the concept was motivated by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produced 190 horsepower. The engine is said to have a wide torque band and more responsive at mid-range and top-end.
The new “Mini-Z” will use the Juke platform
With the huge success that Toyota and Subaru have had with the GT 86, Scion FR-S and BRZ, Nissan is scrambling to come up with something to answer their strong sales and success. The two Japanese automakers came up with a two-door rear-drive sports car that was attractively priced and buyers are lining up to get the cars here in the U.S.