Nissan has confirmed that the high-performance Nismo version of its Z sports coupe
will be coming to Australia later this year.

On sale here since mid-2022 the Nissan Z is the latest in a line of sports cars that go
all the way back through the golden era of Nissan sports cars from the 1969 Datsun
240Z to the 370Z, the last one to have a three-digit prefix, signifying engine size.

Due here in late 2023 the new Z Nismo will come in a single grade, priced at
$94,000 plus on-road costs but with a limited first batch of 100 units.

Reservations can be placed on-line at

Customers already awaiting delivery of the earlier models will be contacted by their
Nissan dealer and offered the opportunity to transfer their order to a Z Nismo.

Nissan Australia Managing Director, Adam Paterson said: “We wanted to extend our
thanks to those already awaiting their Z by offering them a chance to secure a Z
NISMO, while still ensuring this special vehicle is made available to Z fans across
the country.

Z Nismo will be powered by an enhanced version of the 3.0-litre VR twin-turbo petrol
engine used in the current Nissan Z coupe.

Power in the Nismo is increased from 298 to 309 kW and torque from 475 to 510 Nm
with a specially tuned 9-speed automatic transmission with a focus on suitability for
track use. There is no manual option.

Significant handling enhancements including specific bodywork which improves
aerodynamic balance and style, larger front brake rotors, suspension, body rigidity
and more aggressive tyres contribute to track performance.

There’s also a Sport+ driving mode, active sound control, launch control and
enhanced engine cooling.

Interior enhancements include red-anodized engine-start and drive mode buttons,
manual-adjust Recaro seats and a leather and Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel
with a red marker at the 12 o’clock position.

Exterior revisions to Z Nismo are specifically engineered to improve aerodynamic
performance on the race track as well producing extra downforce.

The front features a styling element called the “Grand-Nose” or “G-Nose,” which
extends farther forward than on the other Z grades.

There’s also a new front fascia featuring a restyled grille opening with a thin
honeycomb mesh and a subtle red accent running along the lower edge.

The rear comes with a tall and wide three-piece rear spoiler that extends onto the
rear fenders. The rear bumper corners are reshaped to aid with air separation and
reduced drag.

Standard safety features across the Z range include front and rear parking sensors,
reversing camera, intelligent cruise control, predictive forward collision warning,
forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross
traffic alert, lane departure warning and driver attention alert.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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