Nissan is gearing up to reveal yet another track-ready version of its Z sports car in collaboration with its Nismo tuning and motorsports division.

    The company has teased on Twitter a shadowy side profile image of this Z Nismo GT4 race car ahead of its online reveal on September 28 at 9AM AEST.

    Although this teaser image doesn’t appear to show anything substantial upon first glance, with a slight adjustment of the contrast and brightness more details are made clear.

    A large ‘GT4’ sticker is situated in the middle of the door, signifying this car is the track-only GT4 version.

    An apparent change to the regular Nissan Z is the aggressive Nismo bodykit that includes a low front splitter and a large rear wing that’s added on top of the regular ducktail-style rear spoiler.

    There are also vents on the bonnet, as well as a rear tow hook. Although it’s not seen, a GT4-spec roll cage is expected.

    It’s unclear what kind of changes Nissan will make to the Z’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine in GT4 racing specification. In the road-going Z it produces 298kW of power and 475Nm of torque.

    This isn’t the first track-only Z that Nissan has revealed, as Nissan revealed a modified Z Nismo racer that debuted at the Fuji 24-Hour Race at Fuji Speedway in the ST-Q class, which is a class for special development vehicles approved by Super Taikyu Series and isn’t competitive.

    This previous Nissan Z racer appears to have similar racing-oriented body modifications as the teased GT4 version, but is slightly toned down in some areas.

    It’s expected both of the Z-based racers will inform the hotter, road-going Nissan Z Nismo that’s reportedly set to be revealed in early 2023, according to BestCarWeb.

    The Nissan Z Nismo will reportedly receive dedicated suspension tuning by Nismo, beefier brakes, chassis stiffening, Yamaha performance dampers, a different exhaust, and a retuned electronic control unit (ECU).

    Other aesthetic changes will reportedly include 20-inch aluminium wheels, Recaro sports seats, a leather and Alcantara steering wheel, and a dash with red-accented stitching.

    It’s unclear at this stage how much more power and torque the Z Nismo will make, but with the Nismo exhaust and retuned ECU we could see a slight bump over the regular version.

    Nissan Z details in brief

    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 with variable valve timing and quick-spooling small-diameter turbochargers, putting out 298kW and 475Nm.

    There’s a choice of a six-speed close-ratio manual, featuring an Exedy high-performance clutch, carbon-fibre composite drive shaft and an automated rev-matching function, and a new 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 also comes 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.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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