After nearly a year of speculation, rumors and spy photos since the Z Proto was revealed, Nissan has rewarded its fans’ patience by officially revealing what the production version of the new Z will look like.

Officially called the “Z”, the 7th generation car not only brings a design heavily influenced by Z cars of the past but a bunch of impressive specs and features that helps it stand out against its predecessors.

Here are 10 things you need to know about the new Nissan Z.

1) It looks just like the Z Prototype

One aspect of the Z that Nissan really needs to be applauded for is how much the production model looks like the Z Proto that was revealed in September 2020. A rarity in this day and age.

When it comes to concepts and prototypes car companies tend to oversell and under deliver on their promises. But in this rare case Nissan has delivered exactly what they said they would.

2) The Z will launch in Spring 2022

In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta said that the Z will launch in the spring of 2022. No specific date has been confirmed yet.

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3) The Z will start at around $40,000

In that same interview with Yahoo Finance, Gupta also said that the Z will have a starting price of around $40,000. Nissan has yet to officially confirm a specific starting price for the Z.

4) There are 3 Z trims available for order

There are three different Z trims that are available to order. Two of them are standard and one is a special edition.

Customers will have to choose between the Sport and Performance trim levels. Regardless of which one you go with you can have a manual or automatic transmission.

The available special edition is called the Proto Spec that gives a nod to the Z Proto. Only 240 units will be available for sale in the US (See what Nissan did there?).

The Proto Spec model includes yellow-colored brake calipers with Z logo, bronze-colored 19-inch RAYS aluminum-alloy wheels, exclusive shift lever knob (6MT only), exclusive Proto Spec leather-appointed seats with yellow accents, exclusive Proto Spec suede + cloth door trim with yellow stitching and special Proto Spec interior stitching.

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5) The Z produces 400 horsepower

There will be no shortage of power from the Z's 3.0L twin-turbo V6 engine.

The engine is rated at 400 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque starting from 1,600 to 5,600 rpm. It’s an increase of 68 horsepower and a 30 percent increase in torque compared to the outgoing 370Z.

Nissan estimates that the added power and torque leads to a 15 percent improvement in 0 to 60 mph acceleration.

6) It will have a manual transmission

Manual drivers rejoice! Nissan has delivered on their promise that the Z will stick with tradition and come with a manual transmission.

Customers will have the choice between a six-speed manual transmission with SynchroRev Match or a nine-speed automatic transmission.

7) There are monotone and two-tone paint color options to choose from

Z Customers will have the option to choose a monotone paint job or a two-tone paint job for their cars.

The Z will be available in three monotone paint colors: Black Diamond Metallic, Gun Metallic and Rosewood Metallic.

The Z will also be available in six two-tone paint options (combined with a Super Black roof): Brilliant Silver, Boulder Gray, new Seiran Blue, new Ikazuchi Yellow, Passion Red TriCoat and Everest White Pearl TriCoat.

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8) You can choose between 3 interior colors

Nissan has three colors available in the Z that add their own unique touch to the interior.

The colors are Black, Red and Blue.

9) The paddle shifters on the Z are the same as the GT-R

Have you ever wanted to get behind the wheel of a GT-R but never had the chance? Well Nissan has added a small piece of the GT-R in the Z.

According to Nissan the paddle shifters in the automatic Z’s are the same design as found on GT-R.

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10) The Fairlady Z badge is not on the Z

One thing that didn’t carry over from the Z Proto to the production model is the iconic Fairlady Z badge.

Anyone that wants to have the badge on their Z will have to add an aftermarket badge themselves.


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