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The next version of Nissan's 350Z may surprise those expecting a mild update. Rumors are swirling that the next-generation Z will be a performance car in the realm of Porsche's new Cayman, with a "more involving chassis" and "punchier engine," according to AutoExpress. As enthusiasts are prone to inference, the talk is Nissan (possibly through its NISMO motorsports brand) is plotting a full-frontal assault on Porsche. Already, a global Skyline GT-R now in the works, and said to be coming in 2007, could undercut the 911. A significantly recast 350Z would be a potential Cayman beater. Then what? a Twin-turbo Armada?

Nissan Raises Stakes on Z-Car [AutoExpress]

Spy Photos: New Nissan Skyline GT-R [internal]