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Nissan Z 2022: Australian release date confirmed for manual-equipped Supra rival


The new-generation Nissan Z has been confirmed to arrive in the latter half of 2022 despite manufacturing pressures

Nissan has confirmed its Z coupe will be released in Australia in the second half of 2022 despite a global shortage of critical parts.

The seventh-generation Z will continue to be built in Japan and will arrive locally in Australia alongside the Qashqai small SUV, X-Trail midsize SUV and Pathfinder large SUV to serve as the halo model for the rejuvenated brand.

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Nissan has confirmed its Z coupe will go on sale in the second half of 2022

Initial specifications for the Z were announced earlier this year with six-speed manual and nine-speed automatic options confirmed for the Toyota Supra rival. 

Highly-anticipated Australian pricing for the new Nissan Z is set to be announced soon.

It comes after Nissan in the US was forced to delay the arrival of the Z in the States by at least three months due to chip shortages, with the coupe now set to arrive between June 1 to August 31.

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Nissan Australia has confirmed the limited-edition Z ‘Proto Spec’ will be coming to our market alongside a single and fully-equipped grade designed to suit local buyers’ tastes.

Exact pricing and the full list of specifications will be confirmed in the coming weeks but a range of features have already been locked in.

The availability of a manual option has excited many enthusiasts

The highlight is of course the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 298kW of power and 475Nm of torque which is sent exclusively to the rear wheels via a carbon-fibre composite driveshaft in manual-equipped models.

A limited-slip differential is included on all models as standard along with launch control, which should see a 0-100km/h sprint time of somewhere in the low four-second bracket.

Inside the cabin, buyers will net an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto working in conjunction with a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display alongside the leather-bound seating and steering wheel.

More information on pricing and further details will be made available in the coming weeks.