We’re looking forward to the next-generation Z from Nissan and according to latest rumors, the sports car may go hybrid. According to sources, Nissan fully understands that the Z must evolve if it plans on staying on top of its rivals. Part of that evolution may include hybrid power that catches the interest of environmental friendly sports car drivers (we didn’t know there was such a thing).
If the next-generation Nissan Z does go the hybrid route, it is likely to use the system currently found in the Infiniti M 35h Hybrid. The setup, which consists of a 3.5L V6 engine with an electric-motor, produces 360-hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. In the next Z, the fuel-economy target is set in the neighborhood of 30 mpg and we believe the M 35h’s hybrid setup will definitely help achieve that.
Rumor has it that Nissan is already testing a prototype of the next Z with the M Hybrid’s powertrain in the United States.
At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Nissan plans on showing an electric-sports car concept by the names of ESFLOW. The model uses the same setup as the Nissan LEAF and produces enough torque to push the ESFLOW from 0-62 mph in under 5 seconds.
Nissan ESFLOW Concept:
– By: Omar Rana