The Nissan Z is currently available with just one engine, but future buyers may be able to choose between three powertrains.

Nissan's next-generation Z-car is in the headlines again, with the latest reports focusing on the sports car's powertrain. Up two three engine options are said to be in the works, including a Mercedes-Benz sourced diesel.

According to Road & Track, Nissan is considering up to three different powertrain options for its next-generation Z. The powerplants run the gamut in terms of technology, but all put a greater focus on overall economy than the current car.

One possible source of motivation for the next-generation Z is the same hybrid system used in the Infiniti M Hybrid. That would mean a 3.5L V6 mated to an electric motor for a combined output of 360 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque - trumping the current car's 3.7L V6. However, despite the added power, the hybrid Z would return about 30mpg.

Another possibility - which has already been reported on these pages - is the use of a Mercedes-Benz' 3.0L turbo diesel. Under the hood of the of the E350 BlueTEC that mill makes 210 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, but it's possible Nissan could bump up that horsepower rating to give the Z a more sporting feel.

Interestingly, Road & Track reports that Nissan could even offer the next Z with hybrid, diesel and gas engine options, giving buyers the ultimate in flexibility. Of course that scenario sounds a little farfetched to us, but we'll just have to wait until 2013 to see.


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