Nissan to expand sports car line-up

* Nissan boss wants more sports cars * GT-R and 370Z to be replaced * Lightweight electric BladeGlider also coming...

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Chas Hallett
15 Jan 2014 12:30 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Nissan is set to replace the 370Z and GT-R and add to its sports car line-up with two new models. 

Nissan product boss Andy Palmer admitted that engineers are working on all-new versions of the both the Z and GTR.

'There will be a new GT-R and it will continue to be brutally aggressive,' he said. He also hinted that certain versions of Nissan's sporting flagship could be hybrid-powered, and admitted that the company has already registered the GT-RH name.

A new 370Z will also appear around 2016. Palmer revealed that it 'will be true to the current Z and be a two-seater and rear-wheel drive'. He did hint, however, that the new car could well have a four-cylinder turbocharged engine, rather than the V6 that powers the current model. 

Palmer also admitted that he is keen to see the BladeGlider concept – a super-lightweight electric sportscar - go into production, and a car related to the IDx concept - which could the herald the return of the 200SX coupe. Both were shown at the Tokyo motor show last November.