Next Nissan Z Could Use Downsized Engine; Silvia May Return, Says Nissan Design Chief

In an interview with Australia-based Drive, head of Nissan design Shiro Nakamura says the next generation of the automaker’s sports cars could shrink—in overall size and engine displacement.

Each generation of the Nissan Z has grown since its introduction in the 1970s, and along with the growth came larger engines. The original Datsun 240Z was powered by a 2.4-liter inline-six cylinder engine; today the Nissan 370Z is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6. Now, for the first time, Nissan is considering a smaller Z with a downsized engine.

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"I much prefer smaller sports car," Nakamura told Drive. "It is the time to look at that [smaller engines]. With 370Z, we still don't know next generation will have a larger or smaller engine."

When asked whether Nissan was preparing a BRZ-fighting replacement for the Silvia – known in the U.S. as the 200SX and later the 240SX – Nakamura didn’t answer but added, "Light, sport coupe is a nice concept, I like it," adding, "If there is a market we will do it."

Do you think there is enough market potential for Nissan to sell three sports cars in the U.S.? Or would a Nissan Z with a downsized engine cut into the market of a Silvia replacement?

Source: Drive

K55
I used to own a used imacculate 72 240Z from 79-81 and thought the design was timeless. With the current 370Z starting at 30k and 3.7 liters and with a much heavier look, I was always wondering why Nissan couldnt offer a smaller engined Z as an additional alternative. Now with the advent of the FRS /BRZ it seems that the time is ripe for a Nissan FRS/BRZ competitor. I would love to see Nissan "return to its roots" with a 2013 "240Z" or "240SX". The engine out of the Juke is quite advanced (1.6 liter,directed injected,turbo DOHC) and was also thinking that would make a great engine to put into a small sport coupe. Yes ,in this case the "240" could stand for+ 2 door/4 cylinder ". I am also hoping that Nissan returns to a 2door sedan offering of their Sentra SE-R as well as the 4door sedan( also owned one in 93). I would bet that Nissan must be thinking similar but as yet havent seen info to support this on the net or auto mags. Wouldnt a "modernized 240Z "look great in their lineup .....for say "24k"?
hmm
You do realize that Zs don't have CVT, right?
HEHE
I will not buy a nissan (USA) because of 3 little letters CVT!!!!! When nissan figures out that CVT's SUCK all the fun out of driving and gets rid of them then ill give them a look, but untill then i will not step foot on a nissan car lot!!!!!
James
Ford Probe, Acura Integra, Nissan 240SX, Mistubishi Eclipse, Toyota Celica, MR2, Honda Prelude...all dissappeared for the reason. There is not enough market for these sports/sporty cars. Miata is class of its own, Genesis coupe is in niche market, and Toyota/Subaru twin basically filled whole market. I know Z is not selling well even now. Going downmarket (between 240 and Z) is right way to go. There will not be market for Silvia and Z. By the way, I used to own 240...and it was great car....I miss it.
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