The new Nissan “400Z” has not yet been confirmed for South Africa.
“The local introduction of the 400Z is under study and details will be confirmed in due course,” Nissan told TopAuto.
This new Z car was unveiled on 18 August and will reach US dealerships towards the end of 2022, said Nissan.
The Nissan 400Z is fitted with an all-new 3.0-litre, V6, twin-turbo engine that connects to a six-speed manual or 9-speed automatic transmission.
The motor develops 298kW and 475Nm at 5,600rpm, and sends power to the rear wheels.
The engineering team also tuned the new Z’s chassis, cooling, suspension, and steering to provide a “modern, yet still familiar” driving sensation.
To increase cornering performance by 13% over the outgoing model, the 400Z features enhanced body rigidity, electronic power steering with a mechanical feel, and wider front tires.
The front and rear shock dampers were adapted to a monotube design, too, which results in a smoother ride over uneven surfaces, said the company.
Nissan has not revealed the official acceleration or top speed of the 400Z, however.
The 400Z then measures 4,379mm long, 1,844mm wide, 1,316mm tall – which makes it significantly longer than the outgoing 370Z, but nearly identical in width and height.
In addition to the standard trim levels which will be available, Nissan said a limited-edition Z Proto Spec model will go on sale at launch in the US – which is limited to 240 units.
This derivative comes with yellow brake calipers, 19-inch bronze aluminium-alloy wheels, and leather seats with yellow contrast stitching.
Official pricing for the new Z car had not been disclosed at the time of writing, but a Nissan spokesperson was quoted as saying it will start at around $40,000 in the US.