For most of this year, we’ve been wondering what would happen under the hood of the next-generation Nissan 370Z, which we’re likely to start seeing concepts for starting next year. In an interview with Australian auto-blog CarAdvice, Nissan VP Roel de Vries hinted that multiple engine options were all but guaranteed. Apparently, multiple engine options – instead of only the 370Z trademark V6 – will help with increasing global appeal:
“Can you sell a V6 in Europe? No. Does that mean the next Z will have a V6 [in that market]? No, of course we are not going to do that,” he plainly explained. “[At the same time] there’s still an audience that wants a six-cylinder engine, so why should we give it up? That’s all part of ongoing studies.”
According to the interview, we can expect that the next-gen V6 will at the very least be offered with a turbocharged four-cylinder in addition to the 3.7L V6 that currently powers all 370Z models. There is also a chance that we will see Nissan offer an entry-level Z with a naturally aspirated four-cylinder as well.
Of course, with multiple engine options, Nissan would have to rethink the Z’s nomenclature. The 370Z is named as such because of its 3.7L engine; the name denotes the displacement. Same with the 350Z before it. So, what will Nissan call a Z model with multiple engine options?
De Vries explained, “We [will] definitely keep the Z name, but when we did 350 to 370 it was because of the capacity, but who says the next-generation doesn’t have three engines and it’s not just called the Z?”
Personally, we’d love to see the Japanese market’s Fairlady nomenclature adopted internationally, but that’s probably wishful thinking. Speaking of…
Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Nissan Fairlady Z NISMO
Today’s Japanese car auction find is a natural follow-up to news of the next-gen Z… A current-gen Fairlady! And as you can see, this is no normal 370Z we’re looking at but a 370Z NISMO.
That means you’ll get a NISMO-tuned suspension, that huge rear spoiler you can see above, and NISMO-themed black and red trim throughout the exterior and interior (below). Those dark chrome alloys look particularly appealing, in our opinion.
This particular Fairlady Z NISMO is up for auction through Japan’s AucNet, so there isn’t the normal auction sheet to translate for you. Instead, you can see a detailed representation of the car’s exterior condition below. From the images above and the diagram below, it’s easy to see why this pristine find is rated at a 5.