Next-Gen Nissan 370Z Test Mule Spotted At Nurburgring – Specs And Release Date

The current Nissan 370Z has been in production for over ten years and somehow hasn’t undergone any major changes over that time. But now a test mule has been spotted at the legendary Nurburgring. It’s time to get excited, people!

The 370Z was never a great car. It was numb and hefty, albeit good looking, and was never able to hold a candle to the original Fairlady models. But seeing a test mule has set our minds racing and palms sweating.

Possible specs of the upcoming Fairlady

Next-Gen Nissan 370Z Test Mule Spotted At Nurburgring - Specs And Release Date

It’s likely that this new Z car will have to compete with the likes of the new Toyota Supra, so expect an engine – more than likely a V6 – that produces around 400bhp. The twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 from the Infinity Q50 produces 400bhp in its current form, so we could expect a departure from the NA engine of the current Z to a turbocharged example.

As you can see from the photos taken from the car currently undergoing testing on the ‘Ring, it has more venting at its nose, indicating a need for more cooling. This could be hinting at a turbocharged powertrain as described above.

A hybrid powertrain could also be on the books, but I would expect Nissan to stick to its guns with the Z and maintaining an averagely light, battery-less car, especially as there is already talks of the next GTR becoming a hybrid. It’s more likely Nissan will stay away from overlapping these two models by maintaining a 100% internal combustion powertrain for the next Z, and exploring a high performance hybrid powertrain with the GTR.

Giovanni Arroba, Nissan’s electric car head, is overseeing the new 370Z, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will incorporate electric power. I believe it would be the wrong decision for the Z.

A higher performance version could be the answer, with a special NISMO version, for example, wielding a hybrid powertrain to extract more performance from the V6 engine and to fill in where the turbos lag. This would also give customers the option to opt for a high priced, heavier, but higher performance model, or the lower weight but more sports orientated model without the hybrid system. Food for thought.

Next-Gen Nissan 370Z Test Mule Spotted At Nurburgring - Specs And Release Date

Release Date and Price

Of course, this is all speculation at the moment, but a price of around £50,000 is expected so it can compete in a similar sector to the Supra and Porsche Cayman.

A release date is a real stretch, but I would expect to see the new 370Z released to the public towards the end of 2020. We’ve been treated to plenty of extended waits for new cars *cough* the Supra *cough* so let’s not get too excited just yet.

We’re very excited for the Fairlady sports car line to grow. Let’s just hope Nissan know what its customers want.

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