Nissan has revealed the production version of the new Z sports car, which features a 400bhp twin-turbo V6 powerplant and new retro-infused design.
Previewed last September by the Z Proto, the new Toyota Supra rival will be the seventh generation of the Japanese firm's Z-car line, following the 370Z. It will go on sale in the US next year, but due to what Nissan has previously referred to as "a shrinking European sports car market and specific regulations on emissions", it won't be offered in the UK.
The rear-wheel-drive Z switches from the 3.7-litre V6 of the 370Z to a new 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine, also used in the Infiniti Q60 coupé. As well as offering 68bhp more power than the 370Z's engine, the new unit produces 350lb ft of torque at 5600rpm, 30% more than the previous model's.
The Z is offered with a six-speed manual gearbox or a nine-speed automatic. Both ’boxes offer a 'performance-grade' launch assist control system and manual models feature a carbonfibre composite driveshaft and a downshift rev-matching function.
Nissan says a key focus for the new Z was to build on the handling traits of previous-generation models. Chief product specialist Hiroshi Tamura said: “More than just powerful and agile, the all-new Z is designed to be one with the driver, for the car to be a ‘dance partner’ for their on-road adventures.”
Nissan says the new model offers better body rigidity than the 370Z, along with a new electronic power steering system and wider front tyres to boost cornering performance.The front and rear dampers use a new monotone shock absorber design, which, Nissan claims, results in a reduction of dampening force of around 20% to improve stability. The double-wishbone aluminium suspension has also been revised. Standard models sit on 18in wheels, with 19in wheels on higher-end versions.
Automatic variants will offer Standard and Sport drive modes, with the latter offering faster acceleration, sportier steering, sound enhancement and revisions to the car's dynamic control settings.
The new Z features styling elements that echo the original model in the range from 1969, and maintains the long bonnet and short rear that are hallmarks of the model line. Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa said the new design is intended to "travel between the decades, including the future."
The new model gains LED headlights, featuring two half circles that draw on those of the 1970s Fairlady 240ZG, while the design of the front of the car has a profile based on the original model. There is also an aerodynamic-honed front splitter and higher-end Z Performance models also feature a rear spoiler.