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Nissan confirms Z for 2022 launch

- – Callum Hunter

After years of waiting, Nissan has finally unveiled its newgenerat­ion Z car in production form and announced key specificat­ions, including the confirmati­on of a 298kw-475nm twinturboc­harged 3.0-litre V6 engine and a 2022 Australian arrival.

Known simply as the Z, the new two-seat coupe will be offered in the US at least – Aussie specs to be confirmed – in sport and performanc­e guises, both of which make use of the force-fed six and square off against the Toyota Supra GT and GTS.

In any case, the engine will be offered with a choice of six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmissi­ons and the performanc­e version scoring a heap of extra toys and platform upgrades including launch control, rev-matching, upgraded brakes and a limited-slip differenti­al.

Peak power comes on song at a 6400rpm – just 400rpm shy of the redline – while maximum torque is available across a 5000rpm band from 1600-5600rpm.

Nissan is yet to publish any performanc­e figures, though a sub-five second dash from 0-100kmh should be on the cards for the manuals, while the automatics, especially the performanc­e version, should comfortabl­y crack the low fours.

For reference, a six-cylinder Supra – which has less power but more torque – stops the clock in 4.1 seconds.

Measuring 4379mm long, 1844mm wide and 1316mm tall, the new model is 139mm longer than the current 370Z but 6mm narrower and 4mm lower, the two generation­s sharing a 2550mm wheelbase.

In terms of styling, there are no great surprises with the new Z thanks to the extensive promotion and coverage of the Z proto first shown off in September last year, with only a few key details being tweaked here and there.

As reported previously, elements of virtually every previous Z car can be spotted in the new design; the front end is a modern take on the original 240Z, including the teardrop-shaped headlights, while the rear end was inspired by the 300ZX of the 1990s.

The cab-back silhouette is a hallmark of every Z to date, with traces of both 240Z and 370Z visible in the roof and hiplines.

This retro-meets-modern design language is continued within the cabin, which Nissan says has been ‘designed to fit the driver and passenger like a glove’.

Blending modern technology with classic design cues, the Z’s dash features three analogue pod gauges oriented towards the driver showing boost pressure, turbo rpm and battery voltage.

A slim pair of air vents below crest an 8.0 or 9.0-inch infotainme­nt touchscree­n, underlined by physical shortcut buttons and dials.

The HVAC controls then fill the gap between the dash and a raised centre console dominated by the gear shifter.

In keeping with classic sportscar ethos, the interior is minimalist in its design, the simple centre console housing a single cupholder and a select few buttons – seat heating, boot release, rev-matching and starter.

A manual handbrake lever adds an extra level of authentici­ty.

Drivers are greeted by a Z-branded multifunct­ion steering wheel and a configurab­le 12.3-inch digital cockpit display – one of many modern technologi­cal highlights.

While Australian pricing and finer specificat­ions are yet to be confirmed, the Us-spec Z Sports will come with cloth upholstery, manual seat adjustment, keyless entry and start, adaptive cruise control, automatic temperatur­e control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, six-speaker audio system, Apple Carplay-android Auto smartphone integratio­n and Bluetooth connectivi­ty. As well as the aforementi­oned go-fast upgrades, stepping up to the performanc­e adds leather upholstery, heated seats, satellite navigation, an eight-speaker Bose sound system with active noise cancellati­on and sound enhancemen­t, Nissanconn­ect Services with Wi-fi hotspot, sport pedals and heated wing mirrors.

Performanc­e versions are also identified by their 19-inch Rays forged alloy wheels wrapped in Bridgeston­e Potenza S007 rubber, integrated front splitter, rear spoiler and ‘sport grade’ mufflers.

All versions will come with the usual array of safety features including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, high beam assist and intelligen­t forward collision warning among others.

 ??  ?? ON ITS WAY: The newgenerat­ion Nissan Z has been revealed and is headed Down Under in 2022.
ON ITS WAY: The newgenerat­ion Nissan Z has been revealed and is headed Down Under in 2022.

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