The Nissan Z Concept Gets Grand Reveal in Tokyo

Nissan 370Z

Set to replace the Nissan 370Z, speculation on the Nissan Z concept shows a promising future

Nissan reportedly has big plans for the upcoming Tokyo Auto Show – including the debut of the brand new Nissan Z Concept model, which aims to ultimately replace the extremely popular Nissan 370Z sometime in the future.

The Nissan Z is said to be available with three different powertrain options, a 3.0-liter V6 engine that gets 300 horsepower, a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that gets 400 horsepower, and a hybrid combination, adding an electric motor to the 400-horsepower engine.

Though the Nissan Z that will be on display is said to be just a concept, rumor has it that a production model will follow its reveal in the next few years. It’s safe to assume that the production version of the Nissan Z will be quite similar to the concept that will be on display in Tokyo.

If you’re interested in checking out the Nissan Z concept in person, the time for booking plane tickets is now.

We don’t know much else about the Nissan Z today, but of course, we will be keeping you up to date in the future. To learn more about what Nissan has in stock currently or to take a Nissan model out on a test drive, contact us any time at Lewis Nissan.

Next-Generation Nissan 370Z Could Be Called Simply “Z”

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.

Next-Generation Nissan 370ZCarAdvice 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!

Nissan Z- The Return of the Z

After a long awaited hiatus, the Nissan Z returns. This time with a whole new attitude and design. Are you ready? Because here we go!!

Renault’s purchase of Nissan came with a promise from Carlos Goshen claiming he would build the Nissan Z… He delivered on that promise. In August of 2001 Nissan introduced the Z Concept at the North American International Auto Show. It was bright orange, catching the eye of everyone with it’s squat, long hood, that was a result of a Nissan design studio battle. Shortly after the Nissan Z Concept would go into production, with a targeted base price of only $30,000.

The newest Nissan Z Car was released in the summer of 2002. The 350Z. It had a quick success. An improved 3.5 Liter V6 engine that produced 287 HP and 274 Lb-Ft. of Torque originally powered the New Nissan 350Z. Nissan also conquered another mark, by releasing the 350Z at only $26,000, well below the $30,000 mark they had set during the concept period. The 350Z was released as only a two-seater hard top in 2002.

Over the next few years many trims were released, some including convertible versions, a Nismo version, Touring, and Grand Touring and a track version. The Touring and Grand Touring were the luxury versions of the already luxurious sports car. The Nismo and Track versions were equipped with may sports and racing packages that included turbochargers, brake systems, and much more. By 2008 the 350Z had been given a little more power with a 3.5 Liter dual intake engine that had an output of 306HP.

This now brings us to our current Nissan Z car. The 370Z. Stay tuned for our last chapter in the Nissan Z.

The Nissan Z: Back to the Story

Welcome back to the story of The Nissan Z car. After making a little announcement of the all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, we return where we left off. In the last chapter we discussed the 300ZX and the fate that it took after an inflation in price, leaving us where we begin today.

As of 1997 the Nissan Z car had been lost. A financial crunch, large inflation, and interest in SUVs caused Nissan to set the Nissan Z on the back burner. The Z took a five year hiatus.  But during this hiatus Nissan attempted to keep interest alive in the Z by launching a restoration program in 1998, in which they would purchase original 240Zs, professionally restore them, and then resell them at dealerships for roughly $24,000.

Then in 1999, Nissan released the 240Z concept at the 1999 North American International Auto Show. It was an obvious throwback to the original, orange, two-seater with classic swept back styling. Unlike most Concepts, this one was fully functional, with a 2.4-Liter 4-cylinder engine from the Nissan 240SX featuring 200 HP and 180 LB-Ft Torque. The concept never made it past that point, as the smaller engine size couldn’t match up to the V6 that was traditional to the Z car.

Shortly after, the French company Renault bought most of Nissan’s stock and only two years later in 2001 Carlos Ghosn became CEO telling reporters that “We will build the Z. And we will make it profitable.”

Thus introduced the New Z concept. And sadly the new concept will not be revealed until next time. So stay tuned to see the Return of the Nissan Z.

The Nissan Z: Continuing once again.

Last time we left off talking about the late 1980’s Nissan 300ZX, by this time the Nissan Z series had gained a tremendous amount of popularity in the field of car enthusiasts and sports car fans alike. And the fourth generation Z car was nothing different.

In 1990 Nissan released a new version of the 300ZX, this time a complete overhaul with the exception of the 3.0-liter V6 engine that was cranking out 222 HP. The big news for Z car lovers was the turbo variant, now upgraded to have twin Garrett turbochargers and dual intercoolers, now pushing out a daring 300 HP. Upon its release the 300ZX was a fan favorite, as well as critic favorite. It won Motor Trends “Import Car of the Year” in 1990, as well as “Top Ten Performance Cars of the Year”. Automobile Magazine honored the 300ZX as the “Design of the Year” and is apart of their “All-Star” list. The 300ZX  was produced for seven years in America, and in the 1990 year the z car reached one million sales, making it the all-time best selling sports car.

In 1993, a convertible version of the 300ZX was released, marking the first convertible of the Nissan Z car series. This was a variant of the standard T-top that was available until then.

In 1996, as the fate of many Japanese sports cars of the time, the 300ZX began to slow production as a result of the rising Yen to Dollar ratio as well as the trend toward SUV sales. But the true killer of the 300ZX was its inflating price. It started at $30,000 and at the end of the 6 year run it was up to almost $50,000.  This sent the overwhelmingly popular Z car into a 5 year hiatus.

In the next post we get into some of the thing that Nissan did to keep interest in the Z car while it was no longer in production, as well as the car that brought the Z back to life.

The Nissan Z Story Continued..

Welcome back to the history of the Nissan Z family of vehicles. If you happened to miss the beginning of the history just click here and you can begin at the beginning. Now, lets take our flash back to the past.

At the end of 1978, Nissan released the second generation of the Z cars. This was tagged as the 280ZX. This was a completely revamped vehicle compared to the past Z models. The only thing that was left over from earlier models was the 5-speed manual transmission and the 2.8-liter inline 6 engine. The new 280ZX was overhauled to meet consumer demands. Some of the major changes include t-tops, introduced in 1980, and a turbocharged model introduced in 1981. The new turbocharged model was now capable of 180 HP and 203 Lb-Ft or torque compared to the original 135 HP and 144 Lb-Ft of Torque. The 280ZX was extremely popular even early on as it received Motor Trend’s Import Car of the Year for the year of 1979 and set Z-car sales records of 86,007 units in its first year.

Then in 1984 the Z-car was once again redesigned for its third generation, and hence came the 300ZX. This 300ZX also brought a power packed 3.0-Liter V6 engine dubbed the VG series. The 300ZX V6 was available in both NA and Turbocharged versions, producing 160 HP (NA) and 200 HP. This also became a wildly popular vehicle and becoming the second best selling Z-car in history selling over 70,000 units. Over the entirety of the production till 1989 the 300ZX was constantly being reworked and improved. Some of these improvements include water-cooled turbocharger, body color bumpers, and many “smoked” parts.

In the fourth generation we will get to the revamped 300ZX, with more style and more power as well as a Z concept car that never quite made it out. Stay tuned next time for all that and more of the Nissan Z Story.

 

The Nissan Z Story…

The Nissan Z is the sports car line of Nissan. It started as an upgraded version of the Datsun line and has since then expanded to include iconic vehicles such as the 240Z, 300ZX, 350Z, and the current model the 370Z. Nissan Z’s are currently the record holders for being the best selling sports car series of all time with over 2 million cars sold.

The Nissan Z tale begins in the 1960’s when they were trying to develop a new sports car prototype with Yamaha. After some time together Nissan decided they wanted more than the Yamaha DOHC 2.0-liter engine could provide and scrapped the idea. Yamaha then took the Engine to Toyota, which would soon after result in the Toyota 2000GT. This just spiked the need for Nissan’s own sports car.

Prototype work began in 1966, and finally production of the new Nissan Z car started on October 1969, making 2 separate versions- one for the japanese market, and one for the US market. The Japanese version was released under the name Nissan Fairlady Z , the US as the Datsun 240Z which came equipped with a 2.4L inline-6 engine boasting a whole 151 HP (actually kind of alot in those days).  The 240Z sold over 45,000 units through ’71 and over 50,000 and 40,000 in 1972 and 1973. The 240Z was quickly becoming one of the fastest selling sports cars in the US market.

In 1974 the 260Z was released and featured an increased engine displacement of 2.6L. Though with the new displacement the 260Z lost overall horsepower due to parts being replaced with lighter less durable part to meet now more restricted emissions regulations in the US.

Only a year later Nissan released the 280Z (which is different from the 2nd generation 280ZX) in the US and added even more engine displacement. This version also brought the introduction to the Bosch fuel injection, which replaced the original carburetors. This change brought a power increase to 170 HP.

Stay tuned next week for the introduction of the second and third generations of the Nissan Z lines…