Last year, Nissan announced 13 new and redesigned cars and crossovers coming soon. So far, over half are out already. But it seems Nissan is cooking up something rather exciting, but we might not see it until the mid-'20s.
According to Spyder7, their sources from Nissan say they are working on a new sports car project. If it's true, we might see something that will slot in between the 400Z and GT-R, or even higher than the latter. Sadly, it's not a revival of the Silvia, but it could be something more exciting. It's also something Nissan never put in production before, a mid-engined sports car.
Nissan came close to putting a mid-engined sports car in production in the '80s with the MID4 and MID4 II prototypes. However, the cost pulled the plug on the project in 1987. Still, Nissan learned a lot from the stillborn sports cars. These cars came with ATTESA all-wheel drive, and it was eventually applied to the 1989 GT-R. The GT-R since became a massive success for the brand, and it wouldn't become the icon it is today without the MID4.
But how can Nissan build one given the current circumstances (pandemic, economic downturn, etc.)? In an age of platform sharing and cost minimization, developing one from scratch is an expensive endeavor. The answer might come from the Alliance, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, that is.
While none of the brands mentioned have a mid-engine platform, you have to look at their other subsidiaries to find a possible donor. Renault's Alpine marque has something called the A110. The A110's platform is what Nissan needs to push through with the project.
It's not like the Alpine sports car doesn't have parts from Nissan, too. After all, its engine was co-developed by Renault and Nissan. Should Nissan use the Alpine's chassis and engine, it won't be a slow car. That's because its 1.8-liter turbo is good for 280 PS and 320 Nm of torque. Thanks to that, and its lightweight body, it can get from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. There's even a more powerful version that puts out 300 PS.
However, mid-engine platforms are expensive to develop, so we're not expecting the possible Nissan sports car to come with a low price tag. Of course, it would be great if they could find a way to give it a more attainable price tag. Realistically though, that seems difficult to achieve. The car is still under consideration from Nissan's higher-ups, and the project could get scrapped in the coming years.
Still, we welcome the possibility of more sports cars from Nissan. Besides, we wouldn't say no to that at all. Of course, we're still waiting for the Silvia revival, but there are no insider scoops about it yet.