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The New Nissan Z Has Now Reached Production

The New Nissan Z Has Now Reached Production

For sports car fans, the new Nissan Z has been long-awaited and marks a brand new chapter in the 60-year history of the car. The 2023 model has finally reached production this month, and Nissan is due to roll out the press impressions for the car in April, with a view to the regular production models of the Z arriving in dealerships by June. Nissan hasn’t finalized the starting price yet, but the ballpark figure is estimated to be $40.000-$45.000. What you’ll get for your money is a road-worthy sports car with all the style and a twin-turbocharged V6 under the hood giving it all the power.

Nissan Z

History of the Z

The Nissan Z isn’t a completely brand new sports car - it is an evolution that started in the 1960s with the Fairlady, and there have since been six generations of the Z. In 1984, the Fairlady got a redesign and a brand new 3-liter V6. It was relatively popular in the USA and Canada however, it was the 350Z, launched in 1999, that took the world by storm. There has been an emphasis on performance with the Z range, particularly when you are comparing the 350z vs 370z, which arrived in 2008. The later 370Z model has lower suspension, a better interior finish, a shorter, wider body, and most importantly, a more powerful VQ37HR engine. The new Nissan Z builds upon the successful technical and design elements of the 370Z, including a very distinctive nod to the retro shape and style.

Vintage yet modern

A strong design is the first thing to notice about the new Nissan Z, the Z34, with the shape being almost identical to the original Z proto design study. Although paying homage to the old models, the Z34 has a long bonnet with a raised center ridge, making it look sleek and modern. There is also a very broad front air intake. To the back of the car, there is a smoothed off side profile, reminiscent of the 370Z, but with a stylish and modern tail light cluster and bumper.

Under the bonnet

The new Nissan Z features a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 running at 400hp. It has been reported that this gives it a 0-60mph time of around 4.5 seconds - less than the 370Z. This speed is comparable to the other sports cars currently on the market, including the Audi TT and the Toyota GT Supra. Unlike the TT and the GT Supra, however, the Nissan Z comes with both a six-speed manual transmission and a nine-speed automatic. There has also been an improvement on the brake system, and there is a front-engined, rear-wheel drive layout for stability.

The seventh generation in the Nissan Z range should be available in US and Canadian dealerships in Spring 2022. This sports car could definitely be a future classic, and is perfect if you love the modern vintage style.

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