Motor (Australia)

ZED’S NOT DEAD!

INCOMING! Nissan’s 298kW über-coupe revealed

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NISSAN CERTAINLY WASN’T kidding when it stated that the production 2023 Z would stay faithful the design of the Z Proto design study. It’s almost indistingu­ishable, and that is a very good thing.

Rather predictabl­y, big-cube natural aspiration has been replaced by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo setup, good for 298kW at 6400rpm, with a hefty torque bump to 475Nm between 1600 and 5600rpm. By way of comparison, the outgoing 370Z Nismo, with its 3.7-litre atmo V6 powerplant, generates 253kW and 371Nm. Still want that GR 86?

Nissan hasn’t released performanc­e figures yet for its reardrive coupe, estimating a 15 per cent accelerati­on boost, but we’d conservati­vely expect mid-fours to 100km/h. The engine features two small-diameter turbocharg­ers to reduce lag, while an electronic variable intake valve timing (e-VVT) system also helps throttle response and fuel efficiency. The 2997cc VR30DDTT powerplant is much the same as that used in the Infiniti Q50/ Q60 twins, appearing on Wards’ 10 Best Engines list in 2017 and 2018.

“Simply put, our goal is to make this the best Z yet, period. With each generation, we raise the bar, pushing the limits of Z and continuing to tap into the human instinct for that next thrilling journey,” said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist of the new Z.

Buyers get a choice between a six-speed manual and a ninespeed automatic transmissi­on. The six-speed close-ratio manual ’box is mated to an Exedy highperfor­mance clutch, a carbon-fibre propshaft and features launch assist. Go for the auto and launch control is also featured with the option of aluminium paddle shifters of the same design found on the GT-R. The auto ’box also features standard and Sport drive modes.

Nissan has beefed up body rigidity, fitted an electronic­ally assisted power steering setup and widened the tyres on both the Sport and Performanc­e trims levels announced for the US market. It’s likely that when the car comes to Australia, these trims will be rationalis­ed to a single model, and looks set to be based on the Performanc­e variant.

Larger passive dampers are fitted to the front double wishbone suspension, which features an increased caster angle for better stability. The rear is a multilink setup, and the Performanc­e trim gets a mechanical clutch LSD. Another feature unique to the Performanc­e trim is a larger rear spoiler, increasing

 ??  ?? BELOW Nissan calls this colour Seiran Blue. Should you want the Z Proto’s paint, tick the box for Ikazuchi Yellow
BELOW Nissan calls this colour Seiran Blue. Should you want the Z Proto’s paint, tick the box for Ikazuchi Yellow
 ??  ?? ABOVE Yes, it’s heritage oriented, but who doesn’t like the ‘danger to manifold’ vibe of auxiliary gauges?
ABOVE Yes, it’s heritage oriented, but who doesn’t like the ‘danger to manifold’ vibe of auxiliary gauges?

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