The sport segment of Nissan cars is getting many refresh models in following year. Their premieres have already started, while many other vehicles are being prepared. One of these is 2016 Nissan Z, legendary sport car from Japanese carmaker. This model is in seventh generation of production and it is likely that Z will show up slightly bigger than before. However, there is small amount of info about the vehicle, except it could be unveiled very soon. We will see what is Nissan’s choice for powertrain, will they make some big changes, or same engine, but tuned, could be installed.
2016 Nissan Z powertrain
Experts believe that carmaker’s engineers are preparing 4-cylinder drivetrain for 2016 Nissan Z. Most of sport cars in Nissan family are using Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), so same is expected from new Z model. Concept of it will be similar to GT-R vehicle, which is also to be refreshed for 2016 year. However, there are some people thinking that V6 could be under its hood. With direct injection system, it could make around 350 hp. There are also two possibilities on transmission – six-speed manual or 7-speed auto gearbox. For other vehicles in Nissan’s sport segment there are a lot of rumors about hybrid model, and it is certain that 2016 Nissan Z won’t be available in that way.
2016 Nissan Z redesign
Sibling of the 2016 Nissan Z is Infinity Q50, with whom it shares platform. It is update version of FM concept, and it means that two cars could have a lot of in common. Nissan is using this concept for entry-level luxury sedans, but it also appeared in sport segment. Although bigger car is expected, designers will try to get its weight down with massive use of aluminum and carbon fiber. It could also boost fuel economy.
2016 Nissan Z price and competition
In this segment there are a lot of rivals. Among others, 2016 Nissan Z will face Audi TT and Ford Mustang. We shouldn’t forget to mention Camaro from Chevrolet and Hyundai Genesis. Base price is not too different from there vehicles, and it is possible to find new Nissan Z starting around $35.000.