Return of the Turbo Z?

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  1. #1 SupraMan, Aug 3, 2009
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    Return of the Turbo Z? Nissan Studying Future Turbocharging Options
    Posted July 31 2009 07:00 PM by Edward Loh

    Yokohama, Japan - Tetsuya Takahashi, a manager at Nissan’s Powertrain Engineering Division, indicated that his department is closely studying the possibility of incorporating turbocharged engines in their next generation of vehicles. No doubt the recent resurgence of turbocharged engines from competitors in Europe (BMW, VW) and the USA (Ford) has Nissan contemplating whether it too should wade into the forced induction pool.

    Takahashi admits that Nissan partner Renault would like to return to smaller displacement engines mated with turbochargers employed to make up the performance difference.

    Globally, Nissan has a few turbocharged powertrains, but these are chiefly limited to diesel engines and other low volume applications like the VR38DETT found in the GT-R.
    None of Nissan’s VQ series 6-cylinder engines or QR/HR/CR/MR-series 4-cylinder engines have turbocharged variants, and these engines are found in the bulk of vehicles Nissan sells. So does this mean we can expect the return of the twin turbo Z? Possibly.

    Internally, Nissan knows that they are reaching the performance limits of many of their most popular engines, particularly the VQ line. That series of engines started out in the 2.0-liter displacement and has grown to 4.0-liters through boring and stroking. Though given numerous awards in the 3.5-liter VQ35 trim, its recently released VQ37HR engine, found in the 370Z and Infiniti G37 models, has been hammered in the automotive press for perceived coarseness and vibration at high RPM. Could a new series of smaller displacement, turbocharged engines be the solution?

    Nissan certainly has the knowhow. As motorsports fans are well aware, the company has a long and storied history of producing some of the world’s finest turbocharged powerplants, including the drift favorite SR20DET 4-cylinder turbo and RB-series of inline turbo six cylinders found in previous generations of Skylines. But it won’t be easy; Takahashi admits there are serious issues to contend with before they are able to talk compressor wheels, A/R ratios and boost pressures -- primarily emissions.

    “It is very difficult. I spoke to a colleague at Toyota, and he says they aren’t pursuing it at all for this reason,” says Takahashi, who was a member of the team who developed the SR20DET some 20 years ago.

    That doesn’t mean his company is giving up on the idea however. “We are studying the matter very closely,” he says. Turbo Z fans, keep your fingers crossed.
  2. smaller is better
  3. What a ugly ass car. Give me a 350 with the VQ37HR turbo'd engine
  4. Eff you, 370 is so much sexier than the 350, especially the profile.
  5. I thought the same when I saw the pics but in real life they're much better. The proportions are really good and the shorter wheelbase makes it look more aggressive. The 350 actually looks boring next to the 370
  6. Okay I've only seen one 370 going by the opposite way, so I need to check one out.

    However, from the pics, it looks like it's has the ground clearance of a Pathfinder, they also just threw on some a Maxima headlights, and the rear brake lights look just as bad, and from that front pic, it has more metal (bumper, hood, roof, ect) surface area then a bank's vault door.
  7. 100%
  8. most respected member scraps is right, the 370z looks so much sportier than the 350. i wouldnt even consider a 350 now that ive seen the 370
  9. I prefer the 350Z to the 370Z, but the 370Z looks a lot better in person than photos.

  11. if so, we need a new turbo Z TV ad.
  12. Ya.

  13. I just want a #$%#ing S16 Silvia, 2.0 Turbo 4 RWD

    NOW ****!
  14. Whats wrong with the S15
  15. Agree with this 100%
  16. The fact that it had no successor.

    That's my freaking point!
  17. The concepts of the successor are so damn fugly would be a disgrace to bring it out. RIP nissan s-chassis
  18. Finally on my laptop. Here is what im talking about.

    The 350Z sits one inch lower then stock, but they guy who took the pictures said there was still a 2 inch difference.
  19. 350 ftw
  20. S15's are gay
  21. the 350z really is a pretty boring looking car now. it hasnt aged all that well IMOOOOOO
  22. It might be the fact that I see one at every stop light.
  23. i was thinking this exact thing last night

    you'll just be driving then you're at a stoplight and BAM 350Zs everywhere
  24. suffers from early 2000's OMG HUGE TALL HEADLIGHTS IMO

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