Nissan is readying a small sports coupe that would rival the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S, and our colleagues at Motor Trend report that the new model could appear next month at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Codenamed the Z35, the new Nissan coupe will be smaller than the existing 370Z (pictured) and could go on sale by early 2015.
The Nissan sports coupe will reportedly have swoopy styling cues inspired by the look of the 370Z, but it will be much smaller. Motor Trend says to expect styling like the original Datsun 240Z and, thanks to generous use of high-strength steels, a curb weight below 2900 pounds. Under the hood, Nissan will offer both a 3.7-liter V-6 and a turbocharged four-cylinder. In-house tuner Nismo will eventually produce a tuned model with more power and sharper handling.
Nissan will aim to sell the Z35 for less than $30,000, so as to undercut the $30,800 entry price (including destination) of a 2014 Nissan 370Z coupe. As such, the new Nissan sports coupe will compete with the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S. However, Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer stressed that his company’s car will be far more exciting that the BRZ/FR-S — and perfect for car enthusiasts in their mid-twenties.
“The Subaru… It was a car designed for a 50-year-old. It’s for a midlife crisis. That’s not what we do,” Palmer told Motor Trend, noting that at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, “You’ll see the answer to the midlife crisis. Except it won’t be for the midlife crisis.”
Although earlier reports indicated a Nissan Z35 concept would debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show in January, Palmer suggested the car will be shown next month in Japan. Either way, don’t expect a sub-370Z coupe to go on sale before 2015.