We like choices. It’s empowering! Okay, maybe we don’t need 30 different kinds of chewing gum from which to choose. But when it comes to engine options on what will inevitably be one of the finest sports cars on the road, it’s not excessive at all. Call it necessary.
CarAdvice is reporting on what Nissan will be putting under the hood of the model expected to succeed the Nissan 370Z. It’s a fine line, so goes the report. The sports car will be offered in both Europe and the States. V6 engines “are basically extinct” in the Old World, and yet what we in the States loved about the 370Z was power. What to do?!
In an interview with the publication, Roel de Vries, Nissan’s corporate vice president and global head of marketing and brand strategy, said, “I think an engine is never a need or must, because what you need is to deliver on what the car stands for and if the 370Z stands for real performance and real driving I think it doesn’t need a V6 to do that.”
Well, looks like the name may change then. 370Z was taken from the engine displacement spec, 3.7-liter. Vries also notes that displacement is not the name of the game anymore. It’s about pure performance, not numbers in this brave new fuel-efficient world.
Vries suggested simply “Z” as the name. We here at Lewis Nissan dig the whole brevity thing!