It was assumed that the 370Z sports car was headed for retirement, and without a replacement. But the Sleuth’s trusty sources are hearing that a new 400Z is in the works for the 2020 model year. That name seems appropriate since the car will run with a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 culled from Nissan’s Infiniti division. The 400Z will also use a modified platform that was developed for the Infiniti Q60 coupe. Rumor has it that the new Z will break cover at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show toward the end of the year, and will be available for public consumption in early 2020.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 5, 2017) – The calendar says 2017, but Nissan is offering a special early preview of the 2018 370Z Coupe Heritage Edition at next week’s New York International Auto Show. The Heritage Edition honors the iconic Nissan sports car as it approaches its 50th anniversary at the end of the decade since its launch under the Datsun brand.

The 370Z (pictured) was due for retirement, but it was not known if there would be a replacement. Now we know. (PHOTO: NISSAN)

The Z-car might not be on life support after all: