The future of the 370Z has looked bleak for some time. Rumours of it being kinda/sorta replaced with a sporty crossover have been doing the rounds for a few years now, and more recently, it was starting to sound like there wouldn’t be any kind of successor for the current Z-car.
The latest batch of news is more positive, however. According to Autocar, an all-new model to replace the ageing 370Z has been given “the green light,” and yes, it’ll be a proper coupe and not some jacked-up soft-roader.
Power will come from the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 used in the likes of the Infiniti Q50 and Q60, with an anticipated output similar to the 399bhp state of tune it enjoys in those cars. That’d be for the standard car, which will go on sale in 2020, but there will be a 475bhp, 451lb ft Nismo version with all-wheel drive, due to arrive in 2021. The name hasn’t been decided, although ‘400Z’ is mooted, according to Autocar’s insiders.
We may not have to wait that long to see the car, either. A preview concept should be with us before the end of 2018, while the production car will have its big reveal just over a year later.