Since it's been brought up by myself as well as others, I figured I'd create a thread to address our thoughts on the initial trim offerings for the lovely new Z and how we think it will shake out both short term and long term.
Here's my take, at least from what we currently know:
By offering only Sport (Base, de-contented) and Performance (fully-loaded) trims, Nissan is initially forcing buyers into a tough spot (particularly if that the rumors of a $40K price are accurate):
A) Buy the new Z at a reasonable price, get a beautiful car without any of the performance-enhancing add-ons that would make it truly competitive with the 3.0L Supra
B) Buy the new Z in fully-loaded form and get a "Technology & Convenience Package" in combination with the go-fast upgrades associated with a "Sport/Performance Package" but undercut the affordability of the Z (a large part of its mission statement) significantly
That binary choice doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me given that it drives up the price of entry to get something as fundamental as a limited slip differential and decent brakes on your 400HP sports car.
What do we think? Is this maybe just temporary? Is it even a smart strategy?