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Mike Stevens | Nov, 19 2013 | 2 Comments

2014 NISSAN Z

Relax, Nissan's new BladeGlider concept is not a preview of the coming seventh-generation Z car, expected to appear in Tokyo this month.

That's according to Nissan VP Andy Palmer, who told Britain's AutoCar this week that fans can expect a coupe that is closer to the core concept of the legendary Z car.

“There is room for two types of sports car in our range,” Palmer told the magazine. “The BladeGlider challenges convention, but there is also room for more classical sports cars in the mould of the GT-R and 370Z.”

Last month, Palmer said Nissan's answer to Toyota's 86 coupe - a runaway success for 'the big T' - will be revealed at this month's Tokyo Motor Show.

We can expect big things from the new Z, too, with Palmer brushing off the 86 as a "midlife crisis car", adding "that's not what we do".

Details for the new model have not been confirmed, although it is believed the next Z will be significantly lighter than the current model, and may feature - or at least add - a smaller turbocharged engine.

Speaking with TMR last year, Nissan's Francis Bancon said that a four-cylinder engine would make the Z more accessible, but that the carmaker does not wish to disappoint fans of the larger engine.

“I’m not saying the Z should not have a six-cylinder, because a huge number of Z owners want a V6,” he said.

“But if you want to extend [sales] volume I think you should add something to the V6. Whether that’s a four-cylinder or a smaller-capacity V6 I don’t know, those details are not confirmed yet.”

However large the new Z's engine is, fans should at least be able to rest easy on outputs, with Palmer reportedly promising the new Z will be no less powerful than the current 370Z model.

MORE: Z To Get Lighter, Cheaper; Silvia Off The Cards
MORE: BMW-Toyota Concept Bound For Tokyo: Report

 
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