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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 Jeffk464 on 8/27/2013 1:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
Companies are finally starting to get it, sports cars should be light. Hopefully they will be able to keep the same wheel bases and width by using lighter materials rather than shrinking the cars. Ford is following suit the next mustang is suppose to be under 3000 lbs.


RE: Now the question is
By FITCamaro on 8/28/2013 9:58:56 AM , Rating: 2
Had nothing to do with them not "getting it". Has everything to do with many older sports cars having an aging audience that wants a comfy ride and seats. Also crash standards have made all vehicles heavier. A Camaro used to be 3200-3300 pounds. Now its 3600-3700 for the V6 and higher for the V8. Some of that is better interiors and subframes. Some of that is mandated equipment weighing it down.


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