Reference the following Nissan press release. Note the first mention of the new engine – labelled as “VQ35HR”. This is the same engine that was announced for the new G35 sedan, and at the time was only said to put out “more than 300 HP”. The engine is over 85% new – obviously heavily revised from the prior version. One clue would be the tachometer on the 2007 G35 – showing that the redline has clearly gone up considerably. For final details, we will have to wait and see the final announcement of the G35 sedan, due for delivery in November.
The G35 sedan represents the first rollout of the fully reworked FM platform. The exact changes are unknown, although the suspension up front has been completely reworked and the rear has been revised. Hopefully these changes include provision for camber adjustment. IN my mind, as an enthusiast and performance driver, this is an unacceptable achilles heel of the current platform.
A new Z on the new platform is apparently a few years off. As discussed in past blogs here, a V-8 engine is impossible on this platform so we’ll ahve to make due with the V-6. That makes for a much better balanced platform anyway!
“V-8 Z” References:
Nissan 2007 Model Year Press Release:
350Z Coupe and 350Z Roadster
The 2007 Nissan 350Z is scheduled to go on sale in January 2007. The changes for the new model year will include new exterior colors, a new gray colored convertible top (Roadster models), Active Head Restraints and performance enhancements including a new VQ35HR engine.
The 2007 350Z will again be available in Coupe and Roadster body styles and in an array of models