Nissan’s latest edition to the Z-car line-up, and long-awaited successor to the 370Z, has been green-lit for New Zealand.

The new Nissan Z (formerly 400Z), is due to arrive in dealerships mid-2022.

Nissan New Zealand Managing Director, Ben Hamilton, says “the fastest, most powerful and most exciting Nissan Z car ever is now ready to launch in New Zealand, and I can’t wait for people to climb behind the wheel of this new icon.”

The new Nissan Z is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, producing 298kW of power and 475Nm of torque – the latter up 31% on the 370Z. Not only is it faster and more powerful than the 370Z, but Nissan claims they’ve improved power-to-weight by 13% as well. 

With these figures, Nissan appears to have the new Toyota Supra in its crosshairs. The Nissan Z is up 13kW on power over the Supra, but down 25Nm on torque.

However, Nissan is being coy with some performance figures. According to Nissan, the new Z accelerates 15% quicker to 100kph, relative to the outgoing 370Z. The old car was good for a 0-100kph time of around 5.1 seconds on a good day, meaning the new Z should score a time in the low 4 second range.

Fortunately, Nissan did the one thing Toyota should have done when they launched the Supra, and that was offer a manual gearbox.

The Nissan Z will be offered as a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed automatic. Manual options also get a high-performance clutch supplied by Exedy.

Inside, the Nissan Z features a leather interior, a fully customisable 12.3-inch TFT display, an 8.0-inch infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smart-phone integration, the all-important launch control and three driving modes – Standard, Enhanced and Sport. The full suite of modern safety gubbins (or Nissan Intelligent Mobility safety suite) is standard. 

To celebrate the all-new Nissan Z in New Zealand, a special edition Proto Spec flagship version will be available from launch. The Proto Spec will feature 19-inch bronze forged alloy wheels, yellow brake calipers, a bespoke interior and is finished in Ikazuchi Yellow topped by a black roof. 

Prices will be confirmed closer to release. Pssst. Nissan. Send one over here please.

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