By designing the new Z as a heritage car, Nissan wisely targeted the Z enthusiast demographic.Good point about DCT or SMG. For the price of a new Z you could get a pre-owed BMW with that exact sporty transmission which has me wondering how many Z shoppers are also open to used upscale performance cars within the same price range. Anyone here?
We don't cross-shop with expensive German gear, although they admittedly perform better.
There are cross shoppers who are open to considering the Z amongst others, but the 86 and Miata will handle better for cheaper and the German machinery will out-drag for more money.
I believe Toyota would've found at least as many Supra buyers if the car had been all Toyota, and they'd be more enthusiastic about it even if German machinery knicked it.
I'd buy a new Z cash, and I'd lease a new BMW. Never vice-versa.