Again, LeftLane News holds its ear to the European buzz machine, reporting on a story in an unnamed French magazine that Nissan is working up a 450Z sports coupe — powered by a worked-over version of the 4.5-liter V8 US buyers know from Infiniti’s M45/ Q45 / FX45. The new sportster will likely find a spot between the 350Z and the upcoming GT-R in Nissan’s line — unless of course Nissan launches the US GT-R as an Infiniti, which we’re not betting on. We’re assuming that V8 is the “punchier engine” a Nissan product specialist recently told AutoExpress would appear in the new Z car. No word on whether the rumored 2009 launch date is still in play.
Nissan will reportedly slot a new “Z” model above its popular 350 Z sports coupe. According to a French magazine, the “450 Z” is based on the structure and design of the 350 Z, but will feature a 430 horsepower 4.5 liter V8 and all-wheel-drive. Further details of the 450 Z remain sparse, and it’s unclear where this car will fit into Nissan’s portfolio when the GT-R reaches production. The report indicated that the 450 Z will be aimed at the Porsche 911 Carerra a Maserati 4.2. (See our scan of the article for the full article and rendering).
Nissan is planning a Z sports coupe slotted above the current Nissan 350Z called the Nissan 450Z. The upgraded model will feature a 4.5 liter V8 engine which would likely be a tuned up version of the VK45DE from the Infiniti M45. The VK45DE makes 340hp currently, but Left Lane News reports the final product will feature 430hp. Of course, all that crazy power requires all-wheel drive, so that will be standard as well.
Nissan is planning to use the 4.5-liter V8 that powers several Infiniti models in its 350Z sports car to create a 400-horsepower hot rod, according to Autocar, as cited my Edmunds. The muscled-up coupe would be called the 450Z, according to the report. The 450Z could also have an Audi quattro-style four-wheel-drive system. It’s unclear if this report is based on new information, or if it comes from the same source as a recent report in a French automotive magazine. The magazine said the car would feature a 430 horsepower 4.5 liter V8 and would target the Porsche 911 Carerra. A computer rendering accompanied that report.
Some confusion about the next flagship coupe in the european Nissan lineup. Is the new GT-R coming to Europe too ? Or is there some truth to the Autocar rumours about the Nissan 450Z ?
The 450Z should be an evolution of the current 350Z, with a sporty version of the 4.5 liters V8 engine mounted on the Japanese Nissan Fuga and on some Infiniti models in the USA, tuned to deliver about 400 hp. The only problem is that this engine doesn't satisfy Euro 4 emission regulations, but this will have to be remedied anyway, since Nissan wants to bring Infiniti to Europe. The body should remain relatively unchanged, while the 450Z might have a 4WD transmission.
Standard Nissan 350Z not serious enough for you? Well, if you’re looking for a faster, hairier 350Z Nissan may have the answer — the 450Z.
So far the more powerful coupe has not been confirmed for production, but rumours from our sources in Japan suggest that Nissan is seriously considering it.
The 450Z would swap the 350Z’s 3.5-litre V6 for a 4.5-litre V8, already in use in the Japanese market Nissan Fuga and several US-market Infinitis, and in a 450Z power could increase to over 400bhp. There’s also the possibility of a four-wheel drive transmission.
Should it be built, there’s a strong chance the car could make it to Europe, too. Although the V8 doesn’t currently comply with Euro4 emissions regulations, the Infiniti brand is coming to Europe in the next 18 months which means Nissan will have to alter the engine anyway.