Modified 370Z prototype comes just days after Nissan confirms a replacement for the model is under development.

Autocar UK, By Hilton Holloway

© Image credited by Haymarket Media Group | Nissan 370Z test mule shows successor is on the way.

Nissan is finally working on a replacement for the decade-old 370Z, and new prototypes show track testing is already underway.

The firm’s product planning boss Ivan Espinoza went on the record at the recent Tokyo motor show, saying the 370Z and GT-R are “at the heart of Nissan and we are actively looking at and working on them”.
While mystery surrounds this prototype, the fact that it has been seen testing at the Nürburgring with a Toyota Supra brought along as a benchmark car strongly suggests it forms the basis of a new sports car. 
Small details give this away as a development car, particularly at the front where a modified bumper with six vent cutouts, a new lower grille, and cold air intake holes suggest additional cooling is needed for a new powertrain. 
It’s most likely Nissan will go down the forced induction route in order to make the new sports car’s motor competitive in power, torque and efficiency terms with rivals such as the Supra and Porsche 718 Cayman
However, the brand is actively considering electrifying the model entriely, according to Espinoza. He questions whether traditional sports car buyers are ready for a full EV, so it's more likely some sort of hybridization will be used. Nothing's confirmed yet, however.
This article was originally published in Autocar UK.
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