Next-Generation Nissan Z-Car To Get Three Different Engines

Nissan might offer up three different engine choices for the next-generation Z-car.

The next-generation Nissan Z-car, the replacement for the 370Z, might have a plethora of engine choices, unlike the current car. There could be up to three engine options in the works for the sports car, including a diesel from Mercedes-Benz.

According to Road and Track, Nissan is looking to add three engines for the next-generation Z-car. Each of these engines is uniquely different, but each one has a much larger focus on fuel economy and efficiency when compared to the current model.

Nissan’s luxury brand, Infiniti, has recently unveiled a new hybrid system for their M Hybrid sedan, and this motor might be placed in the new Z-car. The engine is a 3.5-liter V6 connected to an electric motor with an overall output of 360 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers outdo the old 3.7-liter V6 by a long shot, not to mention the fact that the gas mileage numbers would be around 30-mpg.

Continuing with the efficiency train, the new Nissan Z-car might pack a diesel engine that would come from Mercedes-Benz. The engine is a 3.0-liter turbo diesel that can be found in the E350 BlueTec, with an output of 210 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Yet, considering that the Z-car is a sports car, Nissan might up the power on this diesel powerplant.

Road and Track is also reporting that Nissan will use these two engines options, as well as a normal gas motor, giving buyers an interesting choice when it comes time to buy. For a sports car, this all seems a bit odd, but the next-generation Z-car isn’t expected to be here until 2013, so only time will tell.

Currently, the Nissan 370Z is the sixth-generation of the legendary Nissan Z-car that first made its debut in 1969.

[Road and Track]

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Nissan had one successful car in its bandwagon. The 370Z, it was the most popular car in its time. It was time to upgrade these cars and Nissan got it right. They are now in a state to give these cars a new life, getting it a new engine. Its a fantastic idea to get 3 different engine options.