Firstly, Japan’s second biggest carmaker plans to reveal a heavily facelifted 370Z in 2021 packing a 400hp twin turbo V6. Then, in 2025, wearing a totally new body, Nissan will launch a radical all-new Z brandishing the company’s signature e-Power series hybrid system.
Wow, this thread took an interesting turn. I get where Troy is coming from. I live in the South Western Ontario (The Golden Horseshoe) where a vast majority of my driving is on the busiest highway in North America. The good roads around here are few and far between. When you do drive hours to get to them, they're usually heavily policed, torn up from our yearly frost heaves and/or you have to share them with cyclists. Oh, did I forget to mention we have some of the most draconian traffic enforcement laws (90 mph = car surrendered on the spot for impounding/crushing, $10,000 fine, 1 year driving ban plus remedial course)?
In that context, a high output car is mostly useless. I get far more enjoyment with the top down on the Miata and cruising to wine country with a few WOT runs when the road allows, than the Golf R, which is absolutely faster. For me, the sweet spot is somewhere between 10 - 12 lbs/hp. Enough to merge quickly and make some space if needed before having to rein yourself in for the speed limits. Will this change as electric cars begin to proliferate? Quite likely. Driving in a pack of Teslas is an eye opening experience into how assholish people can be when power becomes democratized.
As for the Z, if they make it, my guess is they will just poach the existing Q50/Q60 power trains and maybe offer a mild hybrid setup.
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