The launch of Nissan’s new Toyota Supra fighter has been impacted by the global semiconductor crunch.

    Along with pricing for its home market, Nissan has confirmed the Z will launch later than initially planned due to the myriad supply chain snags impacting carmakers.

    Rather than June, the rear-wheel drive sports car will hit Japan during the Northern Hemisphere summer at some point between June and August.

    Nissan Australia hasn’t confirmed if supply problems will delay the Z’s arrival Down Under. Currently, it’s on track to touch down during the second half of 2022.

    When it arrives, the Z will be offered in two trim levels. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission, and power comes from a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V6 engine as standard.

    It pumps out 298kW of power and 475Nm of torque, sent to the rear wheels exclusively. The 100km/h sprint should take in the mid-four-second range.

    Regardless of transmission, the Nissan Z has a mechanical limited-slip differential and launch control as standard equipment.

    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.

    An undisclosed number of Z Proto Spec models will come here.

    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.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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