The new Nissan Z has arrived in Australia, ushering in a new dawn of twin-turbocharged
performance for one of the world’s most iconic automotive nameplates.

To celebrate, Nissan arranged a family reunion for its newest performance car the limited-
edition Nissan Z Proto Spec in Sydney.

“This is a proud moment. Few models can claim the performance lineage of the Z, and to
be able to celebrate it right here in Australia, on the eve of a new dawn of performance for
the brand, is special,” says Nissan Australia Managing Director, Adam Paterson.

“This might be the first example of the all-new Z we see on local roads, but we’ll soon be
seeing many more, with a new era of Z about to begin.”

While every Z model was a performance benchmark for its era, that benchmark has shifted
considerably over the decades, as evidenced by the incredible increase in power on offer
in a Z vehicle over the past 50 years.

The Datsun 240Z arrived in 1969, with the marque’s “luxuriously appointed high-
performance sports car” fitted with a six-cylinder engine that produced in excess of 100kW.

The all-new Nissan Z is still equipped with a six-cylinder engine which is now a 3.0-litre
twin-turbo V6, but the power on offer has almost tripled, to 298kW.

That’s the enduring ethos of the Z car story, and one that’s been successfully applied to
every new iteration of this icon of performance. A new generation must improve the
formula, while also staying true to its heritage.

It’s clear in the progression from 240Z to 260Z, from 280ZX to 300ZX, and from the 350Z
to the 370Z. And every step in that journey has led to this moment, the arrival of the new
benchmark in Z performance, the all-new Nissan Z.

To know where you’re going, you must first know where you’ve come from. And so, we
invite you to enjoy Z through the ages as we continue to countdown to the launch of the
all-new Z.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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