A performance story that began more than 50 years ago with the iconic 240Z will pen an exciting new chapter next year, with the seventh-generation Nissan Z expected to arrive in Australia in mid-2022.
Just one trim level will be offered, the Z coupe, with the stunning rear-wheel drive sports car fitted with a mechanical limited-slip diff and launch control as standard. The new model will be joined at launch by a strictly limited-edition Z Proto Spec flagship model.
“The Z name is an icon in Australia and around the world, and has been for more than half a century,” Nissan Australia managing director Adam Paterson said.
“I’m thrilled that the new Z doesn’t just further the story, it rewrites it. From power to handling, technology to cabin comfort, this is a vehicle designed to delight, and we can’t wait for its Australian fans to get behind the wheel.”
Available with a nine-speed automatic complete with paddle shifters, or a six-speed manual with synchronised rev control for faster shifting, the Z coupe is set up for performance from the outset.
The six-speed close-ratio manual transmission includes an EXEDY high-performance clutch and a carbon-fibre composite driveshaft, increasing the connection between man and machine.
The advanced nine-speed automatic transmission is tuned for quick response and faster acceleration, and pairs with aluminium paddle shifters for even more driver control.
While its design is classic, the Nissan Z’s on-board technology is anything but, with an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smart phone integration, and a fully customisable 12.3-inch TFT meter display.
It will feature three display modes designed to match your driving mood. “Normal” mode kicks off the trio and offers a sporty feel with the centre area free for navigation, audio and vehicle information.
“Enhanced” mode pushes the tachometer and speedometer to the edges of the display, giving more space in the centre for a larger navigation map and information to be displayed.
“Sport” mode priorities the tachometer in the centre with shift-up light at the top for shift information in the driver’s field of view. The Sport mode also allows for a boost gauge or G meter to be displayed.
The Nissan Z coupe is also equipped leather-accented seats, while the cabin is fitted with both active noise cancellation and active sound enhancement, the former to lock out road, wind and tyre noise, and the latter enhancing the natural driving soundtrack.
Safety remains a cornerstone of Nissan vehicles, and the Z coupe’s Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite includes front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera, intelligent cruise control, and predictive forward collision warning.
It also comes with forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning.
Its special edition sibling, the Nissan Z Proto Spec, will act as the ultimate expression of the new Nissan Z. It begins with bespoke 19-inch bronze forged alloy wheels, which frame the unique yellow brake callipers exclusive to the Proto Spec.
The black interior treatment is finished with unique yellow interior accents and stitching, perfectly synching the exterior and interior design themes. And for the full Z experience, the Proto Spec is available in a stunning two-tone yellow and black exterior design.
The combination pairs an Ikazuchi Yellow body with a Super Black roof.
Both the Z coupe and Z Proto Spec are fitted with a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbocharged engine that delivers significant gains in both power and torque, with special tuning, small-diameter turbochargers and a turbo speed sensor.
This ensures the capabilities of the turbos are fully utilised (max spooling speed), while the use of an electronic variable valve timing (e-VVT) intake valve system delivers optimum response. The Nissan Z legend continues in Australia in mid-2022.