Nissan Fairlady Z Roadster Discontinued in Japan
Nissan has announced that it will discontinue Japanese production of the Fairlady Z Roadster (otherwise known as the 370Z Roadster outside of Japan) on September 30 of this year. Before you go and start worrying about what that means for a 2015 370Z Roadster here in the United States, let this statement from a Nissan spokesman allay your fears (via Leftlane News):
“The announcement was for Japanese market only. There is no announcement regarding – and there’s no effect on – 2015 370Z Roadster production for any other market, especially the US.”
The Nissan Fairlady Z Roadster was first introduced in Japan back in October 2009 and has gone on to achieve domestic sales of 798 units in the time since (as of April). Nissan says that it will focus its efforts on making the standard 370Z a more ferocious performance monster, a claim that is substantiated by the reveal of the 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO.
The Nissan Fairlady Z Roadster/370Z Roadster has remained largely unchanged during its lifespan, and it’s rumored that the next gen Nissan Z will be both smaller and lighter. Codenamed the Z35, the next-gen Z is said to be about two inches thinner and 400 pounds lighter, and speculation abounds that it will ditch the trusty 3.7-liter V6 for a more fuel-efficient turbo inline-four.