Z-car development bang-up says electrification and added achievement will appear if abundant barter ask for it – and they could appear together
The ancestor of the seventh-generation Nissan Z says electrified and higher-output versions of the new sports auto will be accessible if there’s acceptable appeal from customers.
And it’s accessible they could amalgamate in a NISMO adaptation of the new R35-series Z-car to battling the accepted Toyota GR Supra GRMN.
Speaking to Australian media afterwards the online all-around admission of the Nissan Z Proto from Yokohama this morning, Hiroshi Tamura, the Chief Product Specialist for GT-R and NISMO, would not aphorism out a high-performance alternative of the new Z.
“This acknowledgment is why not … for me, if barter acerb appeal for the NISMO grade, why not?” he said. “[Right now] I cannot say yes or no, it’s not clear.”
Tamura-san was added determined about a amalgam or pure-electric adaptation of the new rear-drive coupe, which Nissan has accepted will barrage with a new twin-turbo V6 akin to six-speed chiral and (likely seven-speed) automated transmissions.
“We advised about for some EV band-aid for abstraction only,” he said. “What affectionate of band-aid do we charge to analyze achievement level, business case, chump articulation … again we called this distinct solution.
“That’s why today’s acknowledgment is twin-turbo, V6, manual. Of advance AT [automatic transmission] we charge additionally accept so that is today’s conclusion.”
However, as with a NISMO version, Tamura added that electrification will appear if barter appeal it.
“At the alpha we accept to anticipate acutely about abounding solutions that appear from chump voice,” he said. “Then afterwards that if barter acerb appeal some affectionate of amalgam arrangement we accept to do that.
“Everything charge be considered. For e-Power if barter acerb appeal it to me again why not? It depends on the chump voice.
“We are consistently cerebration about approaching direction. The final ambition is to accomplish a acceptable achievement for the customer, so I will chase chump voice. If you get this blazon of chump maybe the accessible acknowledgment is you will get it.”
If Tamura can authorize a business case for a added big-ticket performance-leader, it’s accessible a new Nissan Z NISMO flagship could be powered by an electrified twin-turbo V6 powertrain, which the Japanese car-maker is already developing.
The new Nissan Z is accepted to admission with a development of the almost new twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6, which pumps out 298kW and 475Nm in the discontinued Infiniti Q60 Red Sport Coupe.
Apart from an upgraded interior, anatomy work, abeyance and brakes, the NISMO adaptation of the bunched two-seater could admission the electrified adaptation of the VR30DDTT V6 that was developed in the Q60-based Infiniti Project Black S prototype.
The new dual-hybrid V6 powertrain, which was co-developed with Renault Sport F1 and active off by Renault F1 disciplinarian Nico Hulkenberg at the Salzburgring ambit aftermost year, adds a heat-energy agriculture arrangement dubbed MGU-H (motor architect assemblage – heat) that Infiniti says can advance electricity beneath acceleration.
This is aggrandized by a active agriculture motor architect assemblage (MGU-K) that scavenges activity from braking. Controlled by able activity management, the Infiniti Black S food and delivers added activity aback required, accouterment burning turbo spooling and lag-free acceleration.
It’s a accustomed that the V6 amalgam arrangement is awful circuitous and accordingly expensive, but Infiniti says the band-aid delivers abiding and acceptable amalgam performance, lap afterwards lap.
Peak ability for the ancestor rear-drive auto is currently declared at 418kW. That’s not alone a 40 per cent backpack on the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport, but added than we apprehend from the Toyota GR Supra GRMN.
The closing will reportedly get the full-monty S58 twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six from the new BMW M3/M4, which will accompany 375kW/600Nm – able-bodied up on the 285kW achievement of the upgraded MY21 Supra’s single-turbo B58 agent – and a seven-speed M DCT twin-clutch auto.
While we apprehend the accepted Nissan Z to attenuate the Supra’s $85K abject price, how abundant the NISMO and GRMN versions would amount is anyone’s assumption at this stage.
Tamura-san additionally said Nissan was because a convertible adaptation of the new Z to alter the approachable 370Z Roadster.
“[It’s a] Acceptable catechism but we are still considering,” he said. “[Whether] We are activity to accept an open-top or not is still a agitation point.
“First of all we are activity to acknowledge the bankrupt anatomy of Z. Of course, I apperceive open-top is additionally allotment of the Z DNA, but for now we are absorption on bankrupt roof for the Z.”
But he adumbrated the new Z will allotment added than its close aperture trims with its antecedent by benumbed on a development of the FM belvedere that dates aback to the 350Z of 2002 and was recycled for the 370Z of 2008.
Asked what allotment of genitalia were agitated over from the 370Z, Tamura said: “We didn’t analysis about this allotment but abounding genitalia are afflicted for platform, so the analogue is tough.
“Already the twin-turbo V6 is different, ability and torque is absolutely different, so how we can administer this ability and torque as abundant as accessible by some architecture [changes]?
“It’s modified, so it’s already not carryover. Abounding things were afflicted or modified. Even if it looks the aforementioned it was changed.
“The aperture is absolutely different, boot, fender, bumper, wheel, headlight, tail-light – aggregate is different. The attitude is the same, that’s why it may attending unchanged.”
Tamura, who has formed for Nissan aback 1984 and oversaw development of the aftermost Z and all GT-Rs aback the R34 of 1999, said development of the new Z began in March 2017.
He wouldn’t be fatigued on its name, which he said was still actuality absitively (current action is on 400Z), nor its absolution timing – but he did action this:
“I can’t say aback we will absolution the assembly model. I’m sorry. Let’s say it’s not so far but not so early. If I can accord you the added added adumbration you accept to analysis about GT-R Proto.”
Excluding the abstraction appear by Carlos Ghosn way aback in 2001, the Nissan GT-R Proto debuted at the 2005 Tokyo motor show, afore the assembly R35 GT-R was presented at the aforementioned appearance in 2007.
That would accomplish the ‘400Z’ a abounding two years abroad from showrooms, but we accept it will be accessible abundant eventually than that.
In fact, based on the acceleration with which the Nissan Ariya electric SUV went from abstraction to absoluteness aback the 2019 Tokyo show, we apprehend the new Z to access assembly in Japan as anon as aboriginal abutting year.
And accustomed the actuality 1.3 actor of the 1.8 actor Z-cars awash common aback the aboriginal 1968 240Z were bought in North America, it’s acceptable the new Z will admission in the US – conceivably at the 2021 New York Auto Appearance abutting April, if it happens, accustomed Nissan’s continued history of absolute Z-cars in the Big Apple.
Following its US acknowledge and release, we apprehend the new Nissan Z to be accessible globally – including in Australia – by the end of 2021.