The new Nissan Z is locked and loaded for local launch in mid-2022, with a single trim level to go on sale alongside a limited-edition Z Proto Spec flagship.

    And rest assured, Nissan has assured us that both the six-speed manual and nine-speed automatic versions will make it here.

    Standard features on the single permanent launch variant includes leather-accented seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 12.3-inch TFT digital instrument cluster with three distinct display modes.

    Driver assist features will include adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring.

    It’ll also come standard with Active Noise Cancellation to filter out tyre drone and wind noise, and Active Sound Enhancement to amplify the engine soundtrack inside the cabin. In our experience these systems can go either way…

    An undisclosed number of Z Proto Spec models will come here and in all probability be snapped up quickly. These versions are billed as “the ultimate expression of the new Nissan Z”, though I’d place a bet Nismo would have a few things to say about this…

    It adds bespoke 19-inch bronze forged alloy wheels, yellow brake callipers and interior accents, and the availability of an ‘Ikazuchi Yellow’ body colour with ‘Super Black’ roof.

    As we know, the Nissan Z sits on a revised version of the 370Z’s rear-wheel drive bones and uses the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 pushing out 298kW of power and 475Nm of torque.

    Nissan says the engine is tuned for immediate response, and that, along with the increase in key outputs, will see the new Z’s zero-to-100km/h time reduce by around 15 per cent – pointing to a time in the high 4s.

    The enthusiast’s gearbox is a six-speed close-ratio manual with an Exedy high-performance clutch and carbon-fibre composite drive shaft.It has an automated rev-matching function.

    But plenty of people will be looking to the auto, which replaces the 370Z’s seven-speeder with a nine-speed unit paired with aluminium paddle shifters.

    All Nissan Zs have a mechanical limited-slip differential and launch control as standard equipment.

    “The Z name is an icon in Australia and around the world, and has been for more than half a century,” said Nissan Australia managing director Adam Paterson.

    “When it comes to creating a new Z vehicle, that legacy is both a privilege and a responsibility.

    “I’m thrilled that the new Z doesn’t just further the story, it rewrites it. From power to handling, technology to cabin comfort, this is a vehicle designed to delight, and we can’t wait for its Australian fans to get behind the wheel.”

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    Mike Costello
    Mike Costello is a Senior Contributor at CarExpert.
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