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