The new Nissan Z sports car is finally here, with a new retro-inspired design, 298kW twin-turbo V6 engine, tech-packed interior and revised underpinnings. It’ll arrive in local showrooms in 2022.
Nissan’s comparisons to the outgoing 370Z in its media materials point to the ‘compromise’ in the new Z: its platform, which is an evolution of that underpinning the 370Z, and dates back to the earlier 350Z released in 2002. However, Nissan says the upgrades made for the new model make it “[feel] new and modern, yet still familiar”, promising a sportier drive.
US buyers will have a choice of three monotone exterior colours – Black Diamond Metallic, Gun Metallic (grey) and Rosewood Metallic – along with six two-tone combinations, comprising Super Black roof finishes: Brilliant Silver, Boulder Gray, Seiran Blue, Ikazuchi Yellow (pictured), Passion Red Tri-Coat and Everest White Tri-Coat.
A 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen sits in the centre of the dashboard, featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation and a Wi-Fi hotspot. While it’s likely the larger screen will be standard in Australia, US buyers get a smaller 8.0-inch display as standard, which loses satellite navigation and the Wi-Fi hotspot.
Other interior features include a three-spoke leather steering wheel, automatic climate control, keyless entry, a reversing camera, two USB ports, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and a choice of six-speaker standard or eight-speaker Bose sound systems (with active noise cancellation on the latter).
A limited-edition Proto Spec version will be available exclusively in the US market at launch. Restricted to just 240 examples, the edition celebrates the Z Proto concept of 2020 with yellow paintwork, yellow brake calipers, bronze 19-inch wheels, unique leather and suede seats with yellow accents, unique suede and cloth door trim, yellow stitching, and an edition-specific shift knob.