The eagerly anticipated, next-generation Nissan Z car will begin production this month ahead of a June release in the US and a late-’22 arrival in Australia
The new-generation Nissan Z sports car is not far from starting production, with a dealer leak confirming that the iconic rear-drive sports coupe would begin production at Nissan’s Tochigi plant in Japan this month.
The launch timeline for the car was revealed to members of the New Nissan Z forum by a US dealer, and the online forum then shared the information with the press.
The timeline document also states that the first media drives of the new Nissan Z will take place in April (likely just in the US for now), with the official release of the car occuring in June 2022.
Starting out with the engine, the new Nissan Z ditches natural aspiration – as used in the previous 350Z and 370Z models – and instead switches to a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine producing 400hp, or 298kW. Torque is rated at 475Nm – developed all the way from 1600-5600rpm.
That should be enough to get most car enthusiasts excited – particularly the global drifting scene thanks to its compact size and rear-wheel-drive layout.
Other interesting features include an Exedy performance clutch, a carbon-fibre composite driveshaft and auto-rev matching for the six-speed manual version. A mechanical limited-slip differential will be available on the Z Performance grade.
Braking performance is strong, too, with 355mm front discs with four-piston calipers, and 353mm rear discs with two-piston calipers.
The Z Performance grade will also receive a dual-mode exhaust system and a firmer suspension tune for a racier feel.
Inside, the Nissan Z will have the option of traditional analogue gauges for the driver or a more sophisticated 12.3-inch digital driver’s display for the top-level trim grade.
An 8.0-inch touchscreen will be standard, however an optional 9.0-inch unit can be selected as part of the Z Performance package. With this package, you also receive an eight-speaker Bose sound system.
The Nissan Z is scheduled for launch toward the end of 2022 here in Australia, with a limited number of flagship Proto Spec examples also locked in.
We will get a better idea of what to expect with Australian specifications closer to the car’s launch around mid 2022.
Pricing is also to be advised at a later date but Chasing Cars has estimated that the new Nissan Z could cost around $63,000.
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