• The 2022 Nissan Z Will Cost You $87 Per Horsepower

If these rumors are true, then the Nissan Z would redefine the notion of bargain sports car

New details popped up online about the upcoming Nissan Z, including the fact that it won’t be called the 400Z as everyone thought, but simply the Z everywhere in the world except for Japan, which will get it as the Fairlady Z. Mind you, the following bits of information did not come through Nissan’s official communications channels, so do apply the pinch of salt rule when digesting them.

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A post published on the 400Z Club forums is giving out a bunch of new details about Nissan’s incoming Z car, which is supposed to arrive sometime in 2021 for the 2022 model year.

A big talking point in the said post is price, which is said to start at $34,995 for the base model, which is just $4,905 more than the 2020 Nissan 370Z which, by the way, was still on sale in the US of A at the time of writing for a starting MSRP of $30,090.

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The post also mentions that regardless of version, the Nissan Z is going to get a 400-horsepower VR30DDTT engine. If that’s true, then the mill would be the same powerplant found inside the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport. The unit is a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V-6 and while there’s no info on how much torque it will make in the Z, we know that in the Q60, it’s good for 350 pounds-feet (475 Newton-meters).

If the Z will indeed pack 400 horses, the power output will situate it above the likes of GR Supra 2.0 and BMW Z4 sDrive30i. Both of them offer 225 horsepower but for a significantly heftier price tag: $42,990 ($191 per horsepower) and $47,900 ($212 per horsepower), respectively.

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In addition, the new Nissan Z will also offer more bang for the buck than the GR Supra 3.0 and BMW’s Z4 M40i, which are both capped at 382 horsepower and cost $50,990 ($133 per horsepower) and $63,700 ($167 per horsepower), respectively.

Two optional packages - Type S and Type T

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The post also claims that Nissan will offer two levels of optional features for the new Z sports car. Type S will allegedly bring upgrades such as Brembo brakes and thicker sway bars, while Type T will be more oriented towards comfort, with the likes of leather upholstery, power, heated and cooled seats, and a bunch of extra safety features. A price for these packs is also mentioned - $5,000 each, with the option to combine them for $10,000.

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What’s more surprising, however, has to do with the post’s claim that "this car really is a 370Z with a body kit and a VR30 swap and the chassis was massaged... heavily (more aluminum, more bracing, carbon fiber)." Also, the six-speed manual is said to be a carryover from the current 370Z, while the automatic option is Mercedes-Benz’s 9G-Tronic unit. Oh, and apparently there’s no roadster version in the cards, so for now only a coupe version will go on sale. If, again, if the post carries any legitimacy.

The same post mentions that three USDM production units of the Nissan Z are already in the U.S., waiting to be presented at a dealers’ meeting and later on used for press reviews.

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Source: 400Z Club

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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