The phrase “one size fits all” is almost never true, especially when it comes to cars. This is why the next-generation Nissan Z will likely come with multiple engines options. While this rumor has been floating around for a while, a Nissan executive further hinted at this idea in an interview with Australia’s CarAdvice.
Nissan’s corporate vice president and global head of marketing/brand strategy, Roel de Vries, said any engine in the 370Z “[needs] 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.”
At first read, it might sound like Nissan is downsizing the Z’s engine and getting rid of the V6, but what this really means could be Nissan won’t offer a V6 in the European version of the Z (since V6 engines are nearly extinct there anyway) and will continue to offer it here in the United States.
If Nissan adds a four-cylinder engine option, the next question for the 370Z is what do you call it? The “370” part of its name is based on its current engine displacement (3.7-liters). De Vries suggested that with multiple engines, the sporty coupe could simply be called Z.
Here at Economy Nissan, we are looking forward to seeing the next-generation Nissan Z engine updates. A smaller engine would likely lower the base price point opening up the model for new customers.
What do you think? Would you ever consider buying a Nissan Z with only a four-cylinder engine?