What do you think we'll see in terms of upgrades on the Nismo 400Z? Obviously it'll get aero parts like chin spoiler, trunk spoiler, sideskirts, wheels. What about on the performance improvement side?
Z1 Motorsports has demonstrated that you should probably reconsider your thinking. They've been doing the VR30DDTT/Z34 engine swap since at least 2018.After thinking about the space under the 370 there wouldn't be the space to fit the drivetrain from the Q60.
It is a real quote, respectfully referring to a lighter, smaller 2 seat coupe with a ridiculous power to weight ratio like the Godzilla Skyline. NOT that both cars would necessarily share a similar drivetrain.If the baby GT-R quote is actually real and not some hype or BS the only thing that would make them have something in common would be the engine or drivetrain.
And then what happens to the GT-R? It's sales are almost at a standstill... it's too heavy to complete against Porsche 911 anymore, development has come to a standstill and it's hard to see what else could be done to it. If you give away it's major differentiator, and you create a Z with it's engine (which also requires AWD and much enhanced braking to handle the increased power), then there is less reason left for the GT-R.VR38 under the hood.
It would be significantly cheaper for Nismo to upgrade the turbos, fuel injection, trans/diff and mapping than drop a VR38 into this car.400hp VR30 is already pushing the envelope on stock Turbos.
I'm personally hoping for a VR38 under the hood.