Nissan’s Z cars have always been much sought after, and are now one of the most affordable ways of getting into the world of speed. Since 1969, roadster has gone through six generations and 2016 Nissan Z will be the vanguard of seventh generation.
2016 Nissan Z Engine
Z car’s engines always had to do a lot with its name. For instance, current model is called 370Z thanks to its 3.7L V6 engine. Previous generation models had 3.5L engines and 350Z monikers, and the ones before were powered by 3.0L units and were incidentally called 300ZX. What’s next? Larger mill is highly unlikely to feature and Japanese maker might start thinking about new naming pattern; they did it with Infiniti, after all.
In any case, expect similar V6 engine making around 350 horsepower and possibly, Mercedes-designed turbo four as well. Otherwise, 7-speed automatic transmission or 6-speed manual one and, natural rear-wheel drive will be carried over as well.
2016 Nissan Z shouldn’t look much different than now. It will feature redesigned fascia with new bumper and headlights, but long-nose hood and flared wheel arches will remain. By looking the car from its profile, one can clearly see how its roof falls in a straight line, all the way to the end. This linear line might be broken in the future which could require different rear end layout as well. We would at least like to see boomerang lights be carried over, if not more.
Interior of 2016 Nissan Z
Inside, Nissan’r speedster packs just enough room for two, whether you choose roadster or convertible. There’s a rear seat option as well, and theoretically, you can seat two persons there.
However, theory and practice are different things and we don’t see potential “lucky” ones being grateful to you for this privilege.
Cabin is furbished with soft materials all over and top grades offer leather/suede seat combination, while Nismo performance division offers its own, special gripper seats with red stitching. Even door inlets are furbished with synthetic suede inserts which is pretty rich for an affordable sports car. 7-inch touch screen display with navigation and hard drive is offered in higher grades as well, and so are Bose speakers and DVD playback capability.
Everyone has to agree that 2016 Nissan Z roadster packs a lot of features which aren’t genuinely considered as sports car options. Same couldn’t be said about safety as lack of advanced electronic systems is evident. Roadster still offers all mandatory options, however.
Not knowing what engine Japanese plan for their new Z model, we can only guess its fuel economy figures. They should remain similar to currently available 21 mpg combined with both gearbox types.
2016 Nissan Z Price
Prices shouldn’t change as well and most affordable Z cars should be available from slightly more than $30,000. On the other hand, Nismo models with technology package included should cost around $46,000.
2016 Nissan Z continues the proud tradition of its predecessors and offers superb handling and great performance in such a small car. Z is also affordable and can be quite refined, but you’ll have to pay for all extra options.