Nissan 370Z Could Be Offered with Beefy V8 Engine

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The assumption was that the upcoming Nissan 370Z would get the same 3.7L V6 engine as its recent Infiniti G37 counterpart. What about people who want a little more grunt to go with their Japanese sports car? Not everyone can afford the asking price of the fantastic Nissan GT-R, so a V8-powered version of the 370Z just could be the ticket.

According to Best Car magazine of Japan, Nissan is planning on selling at least two versions of the Nissan 370Z coupe. The first would likely get the same V6 as the Infiniti, but a high performance version could get outfitted with a V8. Best Car did not mention exactly which eight-cylinder was being considered, but pundits are looking toward the company’s 4.5L unit. A bent eight, according to Nissan’s Chief of Production, is a distinct possibility.

To provide even more of a performance boost, the new Nissan 370Z will be about 220 pounds lighter than the current model. Buyers will choose between a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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