Apparently the rumor mill is in full force about the possibility of Nissan changing their Z car to be more of a lightweight contender (response to the BRZ/FR-S?) with a 4 cylinder turbo engine. It's interesting, but not how I'm used to thinking about the Z, which, unless I'm mistaken, has had a 6 cylinder of some kind (inline or V) since 1970.2016 Nissan 240Z Going Turbo FourFour cylinders in a Nissan Z? Get used to it, because in 2016 the six-cylinder 370Z is set to be replaced with a smaller, lighter sportscar to give Toyota and Subaru a run for their money.
With the emergence of Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ, buyers may have trouble justifying the higher price of the Nissan 370Z. But the next-generation model is tipped to follow its rival's formula with a lighter, more efficient and likely more cost-effective four-cylinder Z-car to arrive as the current model's replacement around 2016. The report from Auto Express indicates that the new Z will ditch its traditional six-cylinder setup in favor of an inline-four - likely with a turbocharger - but just which engine remains a big question mark.