Toyota and BMW may not be the only ones planning a special sports surprise for November's Tokyo Motor Show: reports this week suggest Nissan is planning one of its own.
According to Britain's Auto Express magazine, the carmaker may have accelerated the development of its next Z coupe by nearly a year.
Speaking with the magazine this week, outspoken Nissan executive Andy Palmer suggested a concept version of the 370Z's replacement could appear in Tokyo.
“Do I know what it looks like? Yes I do. Have I driven it? Yes I have. When will you see it? Come to Tokyo," Palmer said.
The report follows talk in the same publication this time last year that pointed to a 2014 debut for the Z concept - which would be followed later that year or in 2015 by a production model.
Could the news of Toyota and BMW collaborating on a new sports platform have moved Nissan to kick things along? Possibly.
Little is known about the next Z car, and there have been contrasting reports - including one right here at TMR - over what will power the new model.
The British magazine reported last year that the new heart will be a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, replacing the 3.7 litre naturally aspirated V6.
Speaking with TMR earlier in 2012, Nissan Product Planning and Strategy boss Francois Bancon told TMR that the new smaller Zed could draw power from a smaller-capacity V6.
Bancon acknowledged that a four-cylinder engine remained an option, however. “Whether it's a four-cylinder or a smaller-capacity V6, I don’t know, those details are not confirmed yet," he told TMR.
It's likely, of course, that those details have been finalised in the time since Bancon's comments.
For now, we'll have to wait and see.
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