With the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S both making waves in the coupe market, it was really only a matter of time before other automakers wanted a piece of the action.
Nissan already has quite a pedigree when it comes to sports-oriented cars from the original Z-cars to the 270Z, the Skyline to the GT-R, Silvia and 240SX, the automaker has designed some decent performance cars in its time.
According to industry sources, another may be on the way. Nissan first hinted at something at the last Shanghai Auto Show when it showcased their Compact Sports Concept. While we are used to the majority of these concepts never seeing light of day, this one might be different.
According to Motor Trend, the new car could be powered by the same 190 hp engine from the Nissan Juke. It may also have an AWD version, using the Jukeâ€™s system. That is a slight reduction in power compared to the BRZ and FR-S, but the turbocharged motor is said to have a much wider torque range and be much more responsive.
By using pieces from other cars, Nissan hopes to be able to keep production costs low and undercut the main competitors in the field. Sources say they expect the new car, if it arrives, to come in at somewhere around $22,000.
Sources have been cited as saying the design has been approved and is in late development cycle, indicating a possible 2013/14 release. (Source)