The production-spec sports car – Nissan Z has been unwrapped ahead of its stipulated 2023 launch. Talked about as the Z Pronto Concept, Nissan Z will be a seventh-gen car with stunning visuals and A-Class comfort and safety features. Here is everything we have rounded up for you about the model.
Design Cues from the Original Z
The new Z flaunts a long bonnet and short rear part that is essentially the Original Z Trademark from 1969. Styling elements like the front design that echo the old give the new Z its charm. The new Z showcases new LED Headlights that have two half-moons sketched on the Headlights of the 1970s Fairlady 240ZG. It also features an aerodynamic-modelled front splitter. The top-trim new Z will also feature a rear spoiler.
Available in Two Trims and a Limited Edition
The new Z will be offered in two trims – Sports and Performance-grade model. The Performance-grade trim gets 19-inch alloy wheels and extra cosmetic uplifts on the shell and skin. A limited-edition Z Proto Spec with bronze aluminium alloy wheels, yellow brake clippers, and intricate design elements is also speculated to be offered at the launch.
Technologically Reinforced Cabin with a Retro Touch
The cabin consists of an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that adorns the center of the dashboard. Three dials on top of the center console echo the classic Z design element. A 12.3-inch instrument cluster exudes power and class. The suede seats are like those offered in the GT-R but improved for the added comfort and better fit. The seats are carefully engineered to minimize lateral shaking while driving.
Powerful and Agile Powertrain
The new Z is fitted with a new 3.0-litre V6 Twin-turbo engine that can churn out 406hp of maximum power and 475Nm of maximum torque. The new engine being the one used with the Infiniti Q60 coupe, yields 69hp more than the former 3.7-litre V6 engine of the 370Z.
The powerful engine is coupled with either a six-speed manual gearbox or with nine-speed automatic gearbox options. Both the gearbox options feature a ‘performance-grade launch’ assist control system. The manual gear option features an additional carbon fiber composite driveshaft and a downshift matching function. Automatic trim will offer a standard drive mode and a sports drive mode. The sports drive mode features sportier steering, faster acceleration, boost-up sound effect, and revamped dynamic control settings.
The new Z offers an improved body rigidity than its precedents like the 370Z. The front and the rear dampers are designed with a new monotone shock absorber that reduces the damping force by about 20% and promises improved stability. The Y-shaped aluminium suspension has also been revamped for a better driving experience.
An electronic power steering wheel and wider front tires offer better cornering ability. Nissan’s 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.”
It is safe to say that Nissan has designed the New Z with the perfect amalgamation of the new technology and the handling feature of previous-gen models.
Plan For India
The new Z model is speculated to go on sale in the year 2022 in the global auto market. The Z model debut in the Japanese auto market will kickstart the launch game. As for India, it remains to be seen if Nissan decides to offer the New Z to India. It’s worth mentioning that the previous-gen 370Z was launched in India between 2010-14 and the New Z will be the second in the series unless Nissan decides otherwise.
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