Proto Spec adds to Z sizzle

Nissan’s sports hero is close, but no pricing yet.

‘MID-Year’ arrival of Nissan’s latest, and simply named, Z car has been confirmed, with a limited number of specials also in the mix.

However, pricing for a model that could presumably be here as early as next month is still in the works, which is likely to spark intense speculation as Nissan Australia, which includes NZ in its sphere of jurisdiction, has released its stickers.

The neighbor has decided to release the car in its standard size, with either a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic, for the equivalent of $NZ80,000.

The flagship special edition version of the Proto Spec (pictured) costs $NZ89k for the Tasman in the meantime.

The limited-count variant is offered until it sells out and is available exclusively in Ikazuchi Yellow paint with a Super Black roof and 19-inch bronze forged alloy wheels with yellow brake calipers.

Nissan Australia said it has received several hundred reservations for the Proto Spec.

Ben Hamilton, general manager of Nissan NZ, in his own announcement echoed the sentiment of Adam Paterson, his Melbourne equivalent, saying: “the fastest, most powerful and most exciting Nissan Z car ever is now ready to launch.. … and I can’t wait for people to get behind the wheel of this new icon.”

Nissan says offering the model with a close-ratio manual gearbox is in keeping with the type’s lineage, which dates back to the 240Z introduced in 1970.

The new Z is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 with variable valve timing, force-fed by small diameter turbochargers, regulated for maximum spool speed and to balance power and throttle response time.

These improvements improve power to weight by 13 percent over the previous car, the 370Z.

Peak power and torque are listed at 298 kW and 475 Nm respectively, the latter being 31 percent higher than its predecessor.

Standard specification extends to a leather-accented interior, launch control, a fully customizable 12.3-inch TFT display, an 8.0-inch infotainment display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, and three driving modes: Standard, Enhanced and Sport – each automatically optimizes the information provided to the driver.

The manual transmission is mated to a high-quality clutch supplied by Japanese motorsport specialist Exedy and coupled to the rear wheels via a carbon fiber composite drive shaft. The automatic transmission is fly-by-wire with aluminum paddle shifters and features standard and sport driving modes.

The machines have launch control. The manual has speed adjustment when downshifting.




Proto Spec adds to Z sizzle

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