Last Call: Are you excited about the next-generation Nissan Z?

The 370z now over a decade old. It’s really due for an update. You don’t see them around as much and I find that sad because I feel like it’s still a good car. You can get one for pretty cheap too if you’re buying it used. There could finally be some Z light at the end of the tunnel here. Nissan has recently filed a trademark of a new Z logo. This could be unofficial confirmation that the next-generation Z car is right around the corner.

Rumors say the new car is still expected to be powered by a V6 and the name is rumored to be the 400z. Regardless, I’m excited to see something fresh from Nissan.

Are you excited for a new Z or am I biased because I drive a 350Z?

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, but it’s also encouraged.

My name is Colby Buchanan and I love all things car-related all the way from rusted 240sx's to McLaren Senna's and of course I have a soft spot for American Muscle. You can spot me in my bone stock '06 350z named MackenZ.

16 Comments

  1. Depends on how close they can get it to the current ~$30k starting price, because the 370Z is an underrated steal (and a reasonable counterargument to any suggestion the Toyobaru would do so much better with more power). I mean, I guess as much as I can get excited about a 2-seater for now (nothing less than a 2+2 for the next 18 years).

    I also wonder if the 400Z would use the Q50 Red Sport’s tune, and if so, if that leaves room for a cheaper model using the more basic 3.0T tune (which, if the 400Z is pricier but there’s still *a* cheap Z, I’m still happy).

    1. A 2+2 is a pretty substantial car. I admire your commitment to dailying one for the next 18 years.

        1. Out of curiosity, how good did it say disc brakes are? I have a bleeding master cylinder in one of my cars from that era and I am thinking about upgrading to a dual circuit when I replace it. When I do that, might as well go to discs at the same time.

  2. First off, isn’t that the old Z logo that adorned 240-260-280Zs? Perhaps they let the trademark lapse, but it’s hardly “new”.

    Secondly, I think I’m too enamored with the original 240Z to give any new one a fair shake. The 350Z is ok, but I’m not fond of V6 engine characteristics (V8s sound better, inline sixes are much smoother), and I think 2-seaters are a waste of space. The 370Z– despite being little more than a facelifted 350Z with more grunt– is a hot mess, styling-wise. Functionally, I think Toyota’s 86 (other than being ugly) better captures spirit of the 240Z, while the 370Z feels more like a truncated 300ZX.

    Honestly, I’d rather see Nissan build the IDx than a new Z. That’s the first and last Nissan in the past 20 years that’s piqued my interest. It figures that they wouldn’t build it.

  3. Sorta? My only issue is the 2-seat layout. With 3 kids, it’s not in the cards right now. I had a blue 350Z awhile back (post-procreation) and daily drove a Focus. I had to make excuses to go drive the Z, and I enjoyed it, but ended up trading both for a G35 sedan. Same issue I have with the Supra right now. For $50K I can buy a really nice sports sedan that will give me most of the same enjoyment.

    So, it’ll depend on pricing and packaging as to how excited I get.

  4. I am. Tjere’s a wee little niche in there that I find personally appealing, something perhaps slightly heavier than a Toyoburu BR-86 (as a compromise, not intentionally) with substantially more power. If it’s equipped right at the right price, I’m interested.

  5. 400Z implies it’s headed in the wrong direction. Bigger, heavier, more complex and more powerful. Only one of those is desirable. I’d rather see a simpler, lighter, sub 3.0 liter car with a manual.

    1. Nissan already have the category-killer in the ‘bigger, heavier, more complex, more powerful’ sports car market (the GT-R).

      The new Z should be something different, rather than a mini-me GT-R.

      1. They are, but despite the VR being a lighter block than the VQ, the turbos ultimately make it a heavier engine. The 3.0T is 20 lbs heavier than the 3.7, and that’s the tame 300-hp version. The “400” has a second water pump that contributes additional weight.

        The 370Z already catches hell from enthusiasts for being a heavy 2-seater.

        1. True. I remember a time long ago when the 370Z was great because it was lighter etc. Oh wait that was 12+ years ago

    2. That would be a Silvia, and Nissan were too lame to build an S16 Silvia so Chevy had to do it for them, in the form of the 2.0T Camaro.

    3. That would be a Silvia, and Nissan were too lame to build an S16 Silvia so Chevy had to do it for them, in the form of the 2.0T Camaro.

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