Next-generation Nissan Z reportedly has 400 hp, retro design

The current Nissan 370Z made its debut for the 2009 model year. It’s the definition of long in the tooth. Sounds like that’s about to change.

On Thursday, AutoBlog reported dealer sources who saw the car at dealer meeting said work is underway at Nissan on the next-generation Z car, and it will reportedly be powered by a turbocharged V-6 and feature a retro design.

The car shown at a dealer meeting apparently has an overall shape similar to the current Z, but its new design cherry picks from the legendary sports car’s past. The front is said to feature round headlights and a square grille that both recall the original 240Z, while the rear features taillights inspired by the Z32 300ZX, which would make them horizontal.

Inside, the current Z can only be described as either simple or dated. Perhaps both. The next-generation car will reportedly bring the icon into the modern era with a design similar to that of the latest Altima and Sentra. We can only hope this is not entirely true as neither of those are sports cars.

Power output is said to increase to around 400 horsepower thanks to a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 cribbed from the Infiniti Q50 and Q60 400 Red Sport. While Infiniti hooks that engine to a 9-speed automatic transmission AutoBlog‘s sources said a manual transmission will be on the menu for those who #GiveAShift.

Nissan might have given everyone a preview of this powertrain in a current 370Z with a 2020 SEMA show concept.

A new NISMO version with close to 500 horsepower is likely in the cards at some point, though it’s unclear if Nissan will simply crank up the boost or use electrification to create more power.

AutoBlog said the next-generation Z’s debut could still be a year or two out, but what might be a powertrain mule was spotted turning laps at the Nürburgring in October.

The man known as “Mr. GT-R,” Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist for the GT-R and NISMO, told Motor Authority in 2019 the future of the GT-R and the Z would be shaped by customers. Sounds like customers said they want the Z to return to its roots in terms of looks and deliver more power.


Tesla owner braves fast food Drive-thru in Smart Summon test

Tesla’s Smart Summon feature has conquered thunderstorms to pick up a family, snow-covered roads, and crowded parking lots successfully. But this time around, the popular Full Self-Driving feature may be facing its toughest test yet — a fast-food drive-thru.

Mark Bianco of the BackseatBaller YouTube channel tested his Model 3’s ability to navigate through his local A&W’s drive-thru lane. Bianco chose a less crowded restaurant to test the feature to increase the safety of those around him. After all, he did not know how Smart Summon would operate in a tight setting like a drive-thru lane.

Interestingly enough, the satellite map in the Tesla app where Bianco attempted to operate the feature was not updated and showed an empty field where the restaurant was located. This contrasts with the Model 3’s display, which clearly showed the A&W outlet.

Bianco kept his reputation as the “Backseat Baller” intact as he operated the vehicle from the rear seat. The car slowly approached the speaker of the drive-thru, where Bianco ordered a meal successfully and managed to navigate the vehicle toward the second window where the food was set to be picked up.

The vehicle was a far distance away from the window and it actually required Bianco to get out of the vehicle and pick the food up from the window himself. This was a result of the vehicle’s forward cameras, radar, and range proximity sensors recognizing a curb shortly ahead of the pick-up window. The car was prepared for this turn and as a result, it distanced itself a bit too far from the window.

Even with the distance from the window, Smart Summon’s performance in this test was quite successful. It managed to navigate through the thin and narrow drive-thru lane, stop at each window with ease, and allowed Bianco to retrieve his food safely. While Summon is really aimed at bringing a car to an owner when they are leaving a store or shop, this unorthodox use allows people to see what the feature is really capable of.

Smart Summon was released in the United States in September with the Version 10 update. Since its initial rollout to EAP members, the feature has received both compliments and criticisms from large publications, but real-world users seem to enjoy the benefits of the feature. Tesla rolled out the feature in Canada shortly after its U.S. release, and in China just before Christmas 2019.

You can watch Mark Bianco’s video of his Model 3 navigating an A&W drive-thru below.

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Tesla owner braves fast food Drive-thru in Smart Summon test


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1963 Modena Spyder California from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is for sale

The Barrett-Jackson collector car auction company announced Friday that it was adding another celebrity car to an auction docket that reportedly had been filled to the brim.

“Barrett-Jackson… announced today that it will auction the 1963 Modena Spyder California, serial number GTC001… made famous as the number one hero car in the iconic 1980s film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” the company said in its news release.

The car will cross the auction block Saturday as Lot 1378. The sale is scheduled to take place during “prime time” television coverage between 5 and 6 p.m. (Mountain time).

“Built by Modena Design & Development, this Spyder is one of three Modenas used for the filming of the iconic movie and will be offered at No Reserve,” the auction house said.

1963 Modena Spyder California from

1963 Modena Spyder California from

1963 Modena Spyder California from

1963 Modena Spyder California from

1963 Modena Spyder California from

1963 Modena Spyder California from

“The cult classic film “Ferris Bueller’s Day” Off made this Modena an instant classic among collectors and movie fans,” company chairman Craig Jackson was quoted in the announcement. “This was the first of the three Spyders sold to Paramount and when you see it in person, I’m confident it will bring back great memories of this iconic film.”

Barrett-Jackson said the car recently was restored by Neil Glassmoyer, one of the founders of Modena Design.

The car has a carbureted 427cid V8 engine, tan leather interior with GPS speedometer and Retrosound radio with Bluetooth, and a pair of Blaupunkt amplifiers in the trunk to power 14 hidden speakers.

The car’s next owner also receives movie memorabilia, build photos, a 1/24-scale die-cast model and a Hot Wheels version as well as a certificate of authenticity from Modena Design & Development.

This article, written by Larry Edsall, was originally published on, an editorial partner of Motor Authority.