• Nissan introduced its all-new 400Z sports car.
• The 400Z is the seventh-generation of a lineage that spans 50 years.
• Introduction to the South African market is still under study.
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After more than 50 years of gracing petrol heads and purists with its presence, the latest chapter in Nissan's Z storybook has broken cover. Revealed in New York to a global online audience, the all-new Nissan 400Z is the seventh generation in this lineage of cars and will look to add to the 1.8 million units that have found homes before it.
With Nissan South Africa confirming that the "introduction of 400Z in South Africa is under study and will be confirmed in due course", the car will go on sale in America in the second quarter of 2022.
Ashwani Gupta, chief operating officer/chief performance officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, says: "For us at Nissan, the Z is a part of who we are and represents years of our commitment to customers. Through the Z, we bring the latest sports car design, performance and excitement to as many people as we can."
The new 400Z's engine
Powering the new Nissan 400Z is a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine. This unit produces 294kW and 475Nm of torque, all sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or new (optional) nine-speed automatic transmission. Nissan says that because the driving traits of a Z car have always been about the bond between car and driver, the decision to fit the manual transmission was an obvious one.
Fitted with the manual 'box, the car now features an advanced launch assist control system on Performance grade models. This system is a first on a rear-wheel drive Nissan and aids drivers in getting the best launch off the line. All automatic transmission-equipped models feature the launch control system.
With this, Nissan says its engineering team went about ensuring that the chassis, cooling, suspension, and steering setup supports the driver's intentions - whatever they may be. Automatic models are also equipped with two driving modes: Standard and Sport.
Nissan says that the interior of its new 400Z borrows elements from previous generations, yet they managed to blend past and present in a stylish package. The three analogue pod gauges atop the instrument panel is a throwback to previous models, while the 8.0-inch touchscreen sits in the middle of the instrument panel and the climate control switches near the gear lever.
The seats have taken inspiration and know-how from Nissan's GT-R programme, with the suede-covered lower sections of the seats designed to suppress initial lateral shake on the body.
Three interior colours are available - Graphite, Red, and Blue. The limited edition Proto Spec features yellow accents throughout the cabin, including stitching on the instrument panel.
Gupta concludes: "For more than 50 years, the Z has been an accessible dream sports car. Its timeless appeal is the result of the ongoing passion and dedication of countless employees, working to deliver the thrill of the Z to past and future generations."