The seventh-generation Nissan Z is expected to arrive in Australia in mid-2022. Note the word ‘expected’ because nothing is sure in these unexpected times.

Initially it will come in one variant, the Z coupe. However, it will be joined at launch by a limited-edition Z Proto Spec flagship model.

“The Z name is an icon in Australia and around the world, and has been for more than half a century,” says Nissan Australia Managing Director, Adam Paterson. “When it comes to creating a new Z vehicle, that legacy is both a privilege and a responsibility.

“I’m thrilled that the new Z doesn’t just further the story, it rewrites it. From power to handling, technology to cabin comfort, this is a vehicle designed to delight, and we can’t wait for its Australian fans to get behind the wheel.”

Both the Z coupe and Z Proto Spec are fitted with a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo-petrol engine. Drive will be taken to the rear wheels via a nine-speed automatic, or a six-speed close-ratio manual with synchronised rev control to make it easier for drivers to get their gearshifts right. A mechanical limited-slip differential and launch control are standard.

Infotainment is provided by 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smart phone integration.

A 12.3-inch TFT meter display with three display modes:

“Normal” mode offers a sporty feel with the centre area free for navigation, audio and vehicle information.

“Enhanced” mode moves the tacho and speed to the edges of the display, giving more space in the centre for a larger navigation map and information to be displayed.

“Sport” mode priorities the tachometer in the centre with shift-up light at the top for shift information in the driver’s field of view. The Sport mode also allows for a boost gauge or G meter to be displayed.

Safety systems includes front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera, intelligent cruise control, predictive forward collision warning, forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning & rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning.

The Nissan Z Proto Spec will be offered in limited numbers at launch has bespoke 19-inch bronze forged alloy wheels, which frame the yellow brake calipers that are exclusive to the Proto Spec. The black interior treatment is finished with yellow interior accents and stitching.

Nissan Z Proto Spec is available in a stunning two-tone yellow and black exterior design scheme, pairing an Ikazuchi Yellow body with a Super Black roof.

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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