Its 370Z did, after all, wear the crown as the world's favorite front-engine, rear-drive Japanese sports car. But in order to take on the Toyobaru, will the company formerly known as Datsun downsize the Z car for the next generation, or will it slot in another model underneath? Previous reports
suggested a smaller, lighter and cheaper successor to the 370Z, but the latest word on the street is that Nissan is planning a “Mini-Z” instead. The disappointing bit for performance purists, however, is that it is tipped to be a front-driver, unlike the rear-drive Toyota/Scion/Subaru and the current Z.