It’s been nearly a decade since Nissan released the latest generation of its Z car, and while we still think it’s a blast to drive, the lack of updates had us wondering about whether it was the end of the line for the model. But according to our friends across the pond at Autocar, rumors about its death have been greatly exaggerated, and we can expect a new Nissan Z just in time for its 50th birthday. As enthusiasts, this is music to our ears.
At this point, the new car is expected to share its platform and running gear with the Infiniti Q60, which would make it a little bigger than the current model, but help keep development costs down. One big change we can expect to see is the first-ever all-wheel drive version, which will be badged as the Nismo edition and reportedly sport a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 capable of 475 horsepower and 451 pound-feet of torque. That’s a healthy jump from the 323 horsepower and 268 pound-feet on tap in current models, and will likely make the new Nismo feel like a baby GT-R. Standard models will get the same V-6 as the Q60, which is good for a healthy 399 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.
Expect to see a concept showcasing the new lines at next year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, and the production model to bow at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2019. And if you’re looking to pick up a sports car with good looks, great driving dynamics, and a classic vibe, head down to to your local AutoNation Nissan dealer to arrange a test drive. Because as we get closer and closer to the reveal, there will undoubtedly be some deals aimed at making room for the new Z cars, which could make it a great time to pick one up.