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It's well known that major automakers like Nissan have staff (and often, the engineers) who read the forums for major vehicles. I'm sure there are some real car enthusiasts working on the new Z that probably can't say much about their work, but are reading the forum anyway. What would you tell them to include on the new Z?

I have one simple request.

Nissan, please give me a base cloth seat option. Some sporty cloth seats, preferably with a cool pattern (maybe even a retro pattern) like a Volkswagen GTI, that will hold me on a spirited drive on the backroads.

Cloth seats are more popular than ever now as a vegan interior option, too, so you can market the seats as both a sporty option and an environmentally-sensitive one. Pair the seats with an alcantara steering wheel and I'd be even happier.
 

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I know it won’t. But it would nice if they could incorporate a rear mounted transmission. Shift weight and the weight being over the rear end. Just dreaming.
 

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Cooled leather seats, a less chunky steering wheel with only basic controls, aux port, a proper cup holder that doesn't snap apart, and a shift knob that doesn't have cheap little metal bits on it.
 

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Standard
  • No STUCK ON SCREEN look. (think Audi S5)
  • Engine almost fully behind front-axle
  • Manual Transmission
  • Rev matching

Optional
  • Active Exhaust
  • Mag Ride
  • Sport Bucket Seats
  • Full leather wrap interior option
  • Upgraded sound system
  • Dry-sump oil cooling (maybe as some kind of sport package)
 

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Nissan are usually conservative. Its a shame because there are rumours of a 510 hp GRMN Supra using the m3 engine
 

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400 hp V-6 twin turbo
Manual trans with the crappy clutch slave cylinder beefed up
More legroom
No screen stuck on top of the dash
Blind spot monitoring
Higher quality limited slip diff
Less tire noise
Cooled seats
Better oil cooling
Still a hatchback
Clean and mature styling
Android Auto
A brighter blue metallic color but not smurfy like Monterrey blue was
 

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With Nissan's financial condition I wouldn't expect too much on new tech. Here's what I'm hoping for at the very least:

Better brakes with proper ducting
Oil and tranny cooling
6 speed manual AND DCT options
Helical LSD
Data logger
Adjustable suspension
 

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Anyone think Nissan will pull a Supra and eliminate the manual transmission?
Absolutely not. The Supra was absent and while having joining forces with BMW which seems to only make mostly autos. But Toyota did just make an announcement they will introduce a manual along with other options and it will be limited with obvious higher cost. I feel Nissan not only will continue the manual as they know there’s a demand for it but this will be their bread and butter over any others. The manual Nissan already has for the Z has always been great and I’m sure they’ll improve upon it even more.
 

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But Toyota did just make an announcement they will introduce a manual along with other options and it will be limited with obvious higher cost. I feel Nissan not only will continue the manual as they know there’s a demand for it but this will be their bread and butter over any others. The manual Nissan already has for the Z has always been great and I’m sure they’ll improve upon it even more.
Is there an official Toyota announcement now? I heard a rumor that Toyota was going to offer a manual in the Supra soon, but I didn't know if it was official.

Nissan's product development team has to be watching this, and if Toyota feels a manual is necessary to connect with enthusiasts, then that will help build the case at Nissan's HQ to continue to offer a manual on the Z.
 

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Is there an official Toyota announcement now? I heard a rumor that Toyota was going to offer a manual in the Supra soon, but I didn't know if it was official.

Nissan's product development team has to be watching this, and if Toyota feels a manual is necessary to connect with enthusiasts, then that will help build the case at Nissan's HQ to continue to offer a manual on the Z.
Not 100% official as you now how it goes. But it’s rumored from reliable sources. Here one of a few. Long-Rumored Toyota Supra Manual May Be Closer to Reality
Funny some sources are saying BMW is not going let Toyota even experiment with it and even then BMW is going to be sourcing it out. Just a very odd relationship between the two.
 

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I know I already said it but please Nissan, its been averaging 115⁰F where I live for the last 2 weeks. Give us cooled seats.
 
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Not 100% official as you now how it goes. But it’s rumored from reliable sources. Here one of a few. Long-Rumored Toyota Supra Manual May Be Closer to Reality
Funny some sources are saying BMW is not going let Toyota even experiment with it and even then BMW is going to be sourcing it out. Just a very odd relationship between the two.
BMW is already deep in its plans for the 2021 M3 with the manual option, but there's nothing yet definite about the Supra, it is a somewhat strained relationship. Anyway, Nissan had better keep all this in mind in pushing out the Z, or will again be underperformed and not a contender. I'm sure at least the manual will be offered. Otherwise I'll shop elsewhere, sorry.
 

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Reviewing what's on the Q60 Red again, I'm hoping two things will NOT be in the 400Z - lifeless steering by wire, excessive road noise in cabin - please at least improve on these since the existing architecture will be used. Of course, lighter weight materials on hood, roof, hatch will be awesome!
 

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Reviewing what's on the Q60 Red again, I'm hoping two things will NOT be in the 400Z - lifeless steering by wire, excessive road noise in cabin - please at least improve on these since the existing architecture will be used. Of course, lighter weight materials on hood, roof, hatch will be awesome!
That drive by wire garbage is awful. This is where I feel Nissan hits it on the head. This next Z I feel will still have basics to keep cost down. So ready for the details. Chassis, front mount intercooler, LSD and what it will be called?
 

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Anyone think Nissan will pull a Supra and eliminate the manual transmission?
If they do they lost me as a customer. Same reason I own a Skyline GT-R not a GTR and I don't care that it shifts "faster" it just loses something to me.
 
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