Despite seeing the reveal of the Nissan 400Z Proto, we don’t know much about the coveted Japanese sports car. It’s been confirmed by Nissan that power from a twin-turbo V6 will be sent to the rear wheels via a manual gearbox, but as we’ve seen photos of an automatic version of the car, it’s no shock that both a manual and auto option will be available to customers. But now an insider has revealed on the 400Z Club forums a number of answers to questions we were all asking, beginning with the most important.
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In Japan, the car will take the ‘Fairlady Z’ name, but in the rest of the world, it will simply be known as the ‘Z’. Being released for the 22 model year, prices will start at $34,995, making it a lot cheaper than the GR Supra 2.0-litre variant and its BMW counterpart, while also producing more power than both cars by almost 150 horsepower. That’s right, rumour has it, the Z will produce 400 horsepower from its twin-turbo V6 as we expected. This also means it will be more powerful than the full fat 3.0-litre Supra that only produces 382bhp. The base-spec model is expected to have a dry weight of 1,475 kg.
According to the source, the engine has been confirmed to be the VR30DDTT that currently powers the Infiniti Q60, and the manual gearbox will be taken from the outgoing 370Z. If this is true, we expect it to also feature automatic rev-matching on downshifts. The automatic gearbox will be a (G-Tronic 9-speed torque converter from Mercedes.
Again, according to this insider, there will be a NISMO version following the initial release of the car, which employees of Nissan are calling a “baby GT-R” and will feature power upgrades alongside exterior changes and a high-performance exhaust system. The base model will come with three package options, Type S, Type T, and Type ST, both priced at $5,000. The Type S package will add Brembo brakes, thicker sway bars, more efficient cooling, and the Type T will add interior upgrades such as heated electric seats and automatic cruise control. The ST pack will cost $10,000, and will add everything.
All models will come with an entirely digital instrument cluster like modern Audis and Peugeots, an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the rear spoiler we spotted in recent spy shots.
This is what the insider had to say about the chassis:
“Yes, 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).”
They also admit that there isn’t a convertible in the works, with only a coupe currently on the cards. Paint colours will be carried over from the outgoing 370Z.
The Z development has been brought forward from Spring of 2022, but thanks to fans’ interest in the car, it’s been brought forward for launch in late 2021.
Of course, take this all with a pinch of salt, but it all sounds very promising.