Waiting for a Nissan Z Facelift may be pointless. Here’s whyby Dim Angelov, on
The Nissan Z finally made its official debut on 18th August 2021 and you will be able to order yours in spring 2022. With this in mind, a question you may be asking is “should I wait for the updated version?” The Nissan Z, like all other cars, will eventually receive a facelift. Although we can only guess how an updated version of the car would look like, it’s common knowledge that facelifted versions fix all (or at least some) imperfections of new models. However, this may not necessarily be the case with the Nissan Z, so is there really a need to wait a few years to get one?
When a newly developed car comes out, it’s often accompanied by a lot of uncertainties regarding long-term reliability or other unfavorable quirks. Because of this, many people wait for the updated version of a car, as it sometimes means a more trouble-free ownership experience. However, the Nissan Z is not exactly a new car, as it shares a lot with the 370Z – a car that has proven itself over its 12-year production cycle as a reliable and fun Japanese sports car.
High reliability score for its predecessor
According to J.D. Power’s reliability ratings, the Nissan 370Z scores better than most throughout most model years. Things are even better for the Q50, which scores 81 out of 100 points, at J.D. Power’s reliability ratings.
A proven chassis
We already know that the Nissan Z is underpinned by a revised version of the 370Z platform.
The newly announcedNissan Z retains the same “Z34” chassis code and even the same wheelbase length of 2,550 mm (100.39 inches). Of course, we expect it to be stiffer than ever before, especially in the “Performance” trim, which adds thicker sway bars. But the main thing is that we are still getting that proven, well-balanced sports chassis we’ve come to adore from the 370Z.
A proven engine with a proven potential for tuning
It’s also the first Z-car to feature forced induction since the 300ZX Z32.
That car came out in 1989 and was produced until 1996, which means 25 years of not having forced induction in the Z-lineup.
|Engine||3.0-liter, Twin-Turbo V-6|
|Horsepower||400 horses @ 6,400 rpm|
|Torque||350 pound-feet @ 1,600 - 5,600 rpm|
|Tranmission||Six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic|
The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine has been around since 2016 and, so far, there haven’t been any unpleasant surprises. The engine has proven its reliability in the Q50 and Q60 models. Moreover, it’s also capable of making a lot more power with relatively minor mods, as seen in this ThatDudeInBlue video of a 525-horsepower Infiniti Q50.
While we can definitely expect an updated version of the Nissan Z, there is no reason not to go for the current one when it finally goes on sale next spring. It’s not the latest the automotive industry has to offer in terms of automotive technology but is this really a bad thing? Given, how artificial some of the new performance cars feel, not really.
The Nissan lineup and, by extension car enthusiasts, needed an old-school, relatively analog performance car. The Nissan Z offers a revised version of a proven chassis, a proven engine, and if the 370Z and Infiniti Q50 performance ratings are anything to go by (they are), a reliable package altogether.