Say hello to the seventh version of the famous Japanese Z sports car, and while it takes a lot of its styling elements and ideas from its predecessors, it leaves one important thing behind: the numbers. This car is simply called the Nissan Z, and this is what you need to know.
It ticks all the boxes. It’s rear-wheel drive. It’s manual. And it’s powered by a 3.0-litre V6 which, unlike the 370Z, is joined by a couple of turbos. There’s 70 more horsepower and plenty more torque equalling 400 bhp and 350lb-ft. While we don’t have any confirmation on 0-60 times or top speed, we’re expecting something in the mid to high 4s. Oh, and if a manual clutch isn’t your bag, there’s a 9-speed auto to sweeten the deal for you.
Going on sale in the US next Spring, there will be two variants to choose from. There’s a Sport and a Performance, and you can already guess which one is the one to go for – the Performance, of course.
This adds launch control and automatic rev-matching, and regardless of the transmission, you’ll find a limited-slip differential at the rear. At each corner, you get 19-inch alloys wrapped in Bridgestone rubber and enclosing larger brakes. To match this performance, you get a performance exhaust, too.
Inside you get a 8-inch screen and a Bose sound system – hopefully one that sounds better than what was given to us in the 350 and 370Z.
If you feel really fancy, get your hands on the Proto Spec, which pays its respect to the Proto Z we say late last year. But despite which spec you go for, the manual version of each is equipped with a carbon fibre composite driveshaft. It’s basically a racing car.
We’ve been promised that the new Z is “designed to be one with the driver for all kinds of on-road adventures”. This means that its body is more rigid with a front strut brace as standard (not new to for the line of cars), the shock absorbers are beefed up, and there’s new geometry. To match this, there are also wider tyres to assure the car has plenty of lateral grip.
It looks gorgeous with a front end from the 240Z and a rear end from the 300ZX, and its interior moves forward in line with the latest versions of the car. Well done, Nissan. Well done.