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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 Reclaimer77 on 8/27/2013 2:11:12 PM , Rating: 1
The Government doesn't care about the price of vehicles. Actually Obama would love it if most people were forced to live within the meager means he's left for them and didn't own a vehicle. He's said so himself to anyone who actually pays attention.

Nissan is making the current Z they way they are because that's what people who buy Z's want. Nobody buys a Z car for fuel efficiency. And who are all these people who wanted to trade that wonderful six cylinder for another generic torque-starved laggy boosted 4 banger? Nobody, that's who. Nobody except the Government.

So the Mustang is being transformed into some kind of European crap-can Now the Z is well, a Z in name only. I'm sure soon Subaru will announce the cancellation of the WRX/STI models, as it's flat out impossible for them to meet this absurd fleet CAFE requirement with those in the group.

Who's next on the Government chopping block?

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