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Nissan eventually plans to phase out the V6 for a turbocharged four-banger

Looming EPA regulations have resulted in big changes in the automotive world. We've seen a number of V8 engines give way to turbocharged V6s, while V6 engines in midsize sedans are being tossed or replaced with turbocharged inline-4s.
We're also on the cusp of seeing huge weight reductions for iconic automotive nameplates. The Ford is reportedly eyeing a 700-pound weight reduction for the next generation F-150 and a 400-pound weight reduction for the next Mustang.
According to a new report from Motor Trend, another fan favorite is going on a diet all in the name of performance and fuel economy concerns. The next generation Nissan Z (codenamed Z35) will lose two inches in width and a whopping 400+ pounds. The huge weight reduction would put the next generation Z below 2,900 pounds.

2013 Nissan 370Z
Motor Trend's sources indicate that while Nissan plans to offer the next generation Z with a V6 when it launches, the "master plan" is to phase out the V6 entirely in favor of a turbocharged, 2.5-liter inline-4. The turbo four will reportedly pump out 330hp, putting it on par with the 3.7-liter V6 used in the current 370Z.
The weight reduction and move to four-cylinder power should allow the new Z to achieve EPA numbers far better than the current car’s 18/26 mpg (city/highway) with a manual transmission.

Source: Motor Trend

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RE: Now the question is
By Brandon Hill on 8/27/2013 12:02:02 PM , Rating: 3
According to MT, it's supposed to start under $30,000. And the 370Z is already pretty short; it's 167" long -- 1" longer than a Scion FR-S. Why would you want it any shorter?

So this will basically be FR-S size and weight, but with more power. The FR-S starts at $25,000, so $29,995 base MSRP for the next gen Z seems doable.

RE: Now the question is
By FITCamaro on 8/27/2013 12:19:26 PM , Rating: 2
Yes and you can't fit much of a tire on a FR-S either. A serious problem for a car that you want to have a lot of grip.

RE: Now the question is
By lelias2k on 8/27/2013 6:33:25 PM , Rating: 2
That is not limited by width, but the engineering behind the project.

You can have a narrow car with wide tires, as long as it was designed that way.

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