Nissan has just OFFICIALLY dropped the new Z. Named simply, the Nissan Z. Which, as promised, remained 95% identical to the photos Nissan revealed to us last year.
Nissan has been the king of lightweight sports cars for many years, but have finally developed their first new sports car for the first time in over a decade. The 350Z was released in 2002, almost 20 years ago, and since then, we haven’t had anything from Nissan to fuel our revheaded-ness. The new GTR came out a few years later, but for the everyday human, that car would always be out of reach. Similarly, the Infiniti Q60 never really took off, lacking the legacy of the Z brand.
Enter the 2022 Nissan Z.
This event was hosted by Cody Walker, brother of the late Paul Walker, followed by Nissan’s COO revealing all the specs of the new Z.
Following the imagery of the leaked images, the new Z takes inspiration from the 240z for the front nose, as well as the 300zx for the rear lights – making it a modern rendition of classic JDM heroes.
Inside, the new Z will have a 12-inch digital instrument cluster – which is refreshing to see Nissan coming into the 21st century with the interior tech of their cars.
There are 3 analog displays .. because race car. As well as an 8-inch head unit that FINALLY has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.
Now, onto the big stuff, the engine.
The new Z, is powered by Nissans twin-turbo V6 engine that will put out 400 horsepower, or just under 300kW, and 475Nm of torque. These are the figures we were expecting, and we’re excited to see what the new Z is capable of with it’s lighter body and sleeker design, helping the aerodynamics of the car.
The cooling, suspension and tuning have all been specifically tuned for the new Z, helping it become the new JDM hero we’ve all been waiting for.
Last but not least, the new Z will come standard with a 6 speed manual, along with the option of a 9 speed automatic.
The new Nissan Z will be on sale in Spring 2022 (or Autumn 2022 if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere). Now we have just under a year to prepare ourselves for the excitement that is, the rival to the new Toyota Supra (which we just reviewed and videos are on their way).