• Here’s Why The 2022 Nissan Z Is Better Than You Think

The 2022 Nissan Z shares a lot with the 370Z and that’s actually a great thing

The 2022 Nissan Z is currently one of the hottest cars around, even before it has actually gone on sale. After 13 years of milking the 370Z, the Japanese brand has finally come up with a new Z-car. The formula is the same – two seats, rear-wheel-drive, a powerful engine up front, and a manual gearbox (unless you get the automatic). Essentially, it’s a proper old-school sports car. That said, a known fact is that the new Z will carry a lot of stuff over from the 370Z. In the minds of some, this hardly justifies the purchase of the new Z, but we are here to tell you why using bits from the 370Z is actually a very good thing!

What’s the same?

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The Nissan Z will feature a modified version of the 370Z (Z34) platform. This is actually a massaged version of the 350Z (Z33) platform. Essentially, the Nissan Z is based on a modified version of an already modified platform, which dates back to 2001. This might look like a bad thing, especially considering Nissan’s financial situation, which isn’t exactly great, but the 370Z carried on for 13 years with the same platform, and it was still a very capable and pure sports car.

Why this is good?

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A proven platform. When developing a proper performance car like the Nissan Z, cutting corners is the worst possible route. With this in mind, would you have preferred if Nissan had come up with a brand new chassis developed on an extremely tight budget? Nissan did the right thing and used a modified version of an already proven platform.

Let’s not forget that the Nissan 370Z and even the 350Z are still capable driving machines.

Affordability. Another reason why using architecture familiar from the 350Z and 370Z is that it allows Nissan to sell you the car at a more affordable price.

We already know that in the US, the Nissan Z will start at $35,000 and the top-spec will cost $45,000.

When you compare it to some of the benchmarks in the segment - Porsche Cayman ($59,900 - $100,200) and Toyota GR Supra ($41,090 - $54,795), you can clearly see that the 2022 Nissan Z is shaping up to be a great value for money.

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The Nissan Z is pure JDM. Nowadays, we are used to seeing joint projects in the automotive world. This is especially true when it comes to sports cars. Due to the increased demand for more eco-friendly vehicles and the relatively small market share of sports cars, most manufacturers don’t have a lot of incentive to make their own sports car.

In order to retain a presence in the sports car scene, carmakers cooperate with one another. You can see it with the Fiat 124, which is based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata and is even built on the same production line at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant. Other examples would be the Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ, which are twins, and let’s not forget the biggest offender – the [BMW Z4-based>art164445] Toyota GR Supra.

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With this in mind, it’s easy to neglect the fact that, since its inception, the Z-line of cars has been all-Japanese.

Something that has remained so, even to this day, where most manufacturers cooperate. Using an older, but proven platform has allowed Nissan to not only save resources but once again build an all-Japanese sports car. The only small exception is the optional nine-speed automatic, which comes from Mercedes, courtesy of the Nissan-Daimler alliance from 2010.

Everyone is guilty of carrying over tech from previous generations

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Let’s not forget that Nissan is not the only carmaker carrying over existing tech into its newer models. While some manufacturers do it solely for the purpose of cost-saving, others simply have hardware that’s so over-engineered that it has transcended the lifespan of the model it first debuted on. A case in point being the Mercedes OM646 diesel engine, used since 2002, which even found its way into the Infiniti Q50. After 2010, the OM651 picked up the torch, but it was essentially the same engine just updated.

Of course, regardless of the reason manufacturers are using old tech, it needs to be updated in order to comply with the latest standards. There are countless examples of tech carry-over and Nissan themselves have more than one example of that, but the practice is completely justified.


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Starting from the architecture and overall shape of the car, the new Nissan Z is strikingly similar to the 370Z. Of course, unlike the Z34, the new car brings the retro-vibe of the 1969 Datsun 240Z. Some might say it’s too familiar for a brand new model, but is it really a bad thing when the previous generation was so good?

In conclusion, we can say that the 2022 Nissan Z is shaping up to be a cleverly engineered, well-priced, and pure Japanese sports car for the enthusiast. Should it really turn out to be as good as we are led to believe, Nissan might just make it out of the Rabbit hole.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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