Next-generation Nissan 370Z will go hybrid, receive a targa version

Article by Christian A., on August 8, 2014

Things are getting more and more interesting when talking about the Nissan 370Z successor. According to the latest reports, the new Nissan Z will get smaller but powerful models that will carry Mercedes-Benz technology as well as an impressive design.

If the current version was developed mainly for the United States and Japan, the successor will become a global sports car. As a result, the convertible version will receive a retractable hard-top, but a new model will also arrive with a targa top or a t-bar roof.

The decision to introduce a targa version is that is that Nissan wants to reach a wider section of potential customers.

Under the hood we will probably see a the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine but also a 3.0-liter direct-injection petrol engine supplied by Mercedes-Benz, delivering over 330 hp.

Apparently, both engines will get a hybrid unit, a parallel hybrid system where the electric motor is mounted between the engine and transmission. A Nismo version of the upcoming Z successor will also be offered by Nissan.

The new Nissan 370Z comes with a style that follows the lead of its predecessors, including the already classic 240Z four decades ago. With its long bonnet, compact cabin, truncated rear end and short overhangs, the 370Z truly features a classic sports car layout.

In terms of dimensions, the new Nissan 370Z measures 4,245 mm in length, 1,845 mm in width and 1,315 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,550 mm. Compared to its predecessor, the new 370Z is shorter by 100 mm, lower by 10 mm and wider by 30 mm. Since it has a lower roofline, Nissan had to lower the seating position to ensure that the headroom isn't affected. As a result, the new 370Z has a lower center of gravity.

Compared to the 350Z, the torsional rigidity of the body of the new 370Z has been increased by up to 30 percent, especially on the front wherein Nissan has mounted a bracing bar on top of the suspension turrets. Nissan extensively used aluminum on the new 370Z, especially on the doors, bonnet and rear hatch. Along with other weight saving measures, the Japanese carmaker was able to cut 32 kg of the car's overall mass, even after adding features that improve its safety, environmental and luxury performance.

Nissan commenced designing the 370Z Roadster at the same time as the Coupe, allowing designers to ensure that the soft-top version features a sophisticated silhouette with a hood naturally integrated into the overall design.

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