Having likely anticipated the popularity of the Toyota GT-86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ triplets, Nissan has reportedly been working a compact sports car of its own, one that will slot under 370Z Coupe.
Unlike the rear-wheel-drive triplets, Nissan’s sports car — known internally as the ‘Mini-Z’ — will be based on the front-wheel-drive architecture of the Juke crossover and borrow its 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. An optional all-wheel-drive system with torque-vectoring could be offered to level the playing field.
Like the stylistically-funky Juke, the Mini-Z will adopt a radical design inside and out (let’s just hope it’s not too out-of-this-world). Sales in China (the primary market), Japan and Europe could begin as early as late 2013 with prices starting under $22,000. There is no word on whether it would be offered in North America.