Rumours surround possible hybrid Nissan 370Z

Rumours surround possible hybrid Nissan 370Z

NISMO 370Z fq

It took the Tesla Roadster to prove to the automotive world that electricity and sport can mix, but so far there’s been little capacity for hybrids among performance spec vehicles. Lexus and Mercedes Benz are beginning to use hybrid systems for additional power on their larger sedans, but sports cars have been overlooked for hybrid assistance. That could all change according to the latest rumors surrounding the Nissan 370Z.

Talk is emerging from Japan that the newly updated Z-car could sport a high-performance plug-in hybrid system at mid-cycle in 2011. If the hybrid Z does hit the market by 2011, it would be the first hybrid sports car ever.

The same 3.7L VQ-series engine that powers the car now would still provide the main source of grunt, but would reportedly be supplemented by a lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor using a two-clutch system, the transmission would be automatic-only. With the high-capacity lithium battery pack and plug-in capability, the car could almost half it’s current fuel usage and offer the clean-green feel good factor while still having performance on tap.

NISMO 370Z fq

It took the Tesla Roadster to prove to the automotive world that electricity and sport can mix, but so far there’s been little capacity for hybrids among performance spec vehicles. Lexus and Mercedes Benz are beginning to use hybrid systems for additional power on their larger sedans, but sports cars have been overlooked for hybrid assistance. That could all change according to the latest rumors surrounding the Nissan 370Z.

Talk is emerging from Japan that the newly updated Z-car could sport a high-performance plug-in hybrid system at mid-cycle in 2011. If the hybrid Z does hit the market by 2011, it would be the first hybrid sports car ever.

The same 3.7L VQ-series engine that powers the car now would still provide the main source of grunt, but would reportedly be supplemented by a lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor using a two-clutch system, the transmission would be automatic-only. With the high-capacity lithium battery pack and plug-in capability, the car could almost half it’s current fuel usage and offer the clean-green feel good factor while still having performance on tap.

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