Remember the good old days of Nissan’s Z car, and GT-R? Well, back in 2008, these platforms were the best of what the Japanese brand has to offer. To get an idea of how old these platforms are, you can look no further than the Toyota Vios. The Vios went through three generations in the same time frame. Of course it is not proper to compare these two platforms, since one is a tried and true economy car, while the other two are both pure performance cars.
Well, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
However, that’s not the case with Nissan this time around. After giving the GT-R constant updates such as a better interior, more boost to cram into its 3.8L twin-turbocharged V6 engine, and several transmission and aero updates, the Japanese marque won’t rest on its laurels for long.
Did we forget to mention that the Z car is going to receive an update? We have? Ok moving on.
In a Top Gear (TG) interview with Nissan’s Chief Planning Officer, Philippe Klein, TG asked whether or not Nissan is looking at a future with sports cars in its lineup.
There are a lot of answers to this question. First of all, it’s true that performance cars are ‘under the gun’ of regulations. It’s making the idea more complicated. But the emotion [for us] is still there, for us and for our customers. We have the Z and the GT-R, lots of fans, and we are fans of these cars also. I’m not able to give you details, but I would like you to keep in mind that we are considering the future of these vehicles.
Even with the Nissan LEAF coming to the Philippines, it is interesting to see that Nissan is ecstatic to give its customers a great drive no matter what the car the brand builds. Speaking of electrification, will the GT-R or Z follow in the NSX’s footsteps and launch with a hybrid system?
It appears that the industry is experiencing its second renaissance in the sporting category of cars. Legendary name plates that were prevalent in the 90’s have been making their comebacks recently. The newest addition to the revival is the Toyota Supra. This also begs the question, “Would Nissan need to form an alliance, like Toyota and BMW did, to build a new 370Z?”, as speculated by TG.
As expected, this was Philippe Klein's reponse:
I cannot answer this.