US-spec Nissan Z premieres in New York


Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. premiered the US-market version of its latest sports car, the Nissan Z, in New York. The special event was streamed, marking the new Nissan Z’s global virtual reveal.

According to Nissan, the Nissan Z is a core model for the automotive company. It helps maintain the “Nissan-ness” of the brand as it continues its corporate transformation towards the company’s electrified future.

To date, Nissan has sold more than 1.8 million Zs worldwide, making the nameplate a global top-selling sports car.

“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," said Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Chief Operating Officer/Chief Performance Officer Ashwani Gupta.

The all-new Nissan Z is designed using a theme dubbed “tradition with modern technology.” That said, it shares striking similarities with its predecessors especially when it comes to exterior styling.

Nissan says that the designers of the Nissan Z worked hard to incorporate modern features without adding unnecessary elements that could steer the iconic sports car away from its roots — at least when it comes to its looks.

The Nissan Z features a long hood, a low rear stance, and a silhouette that pays homage to the first-generation Z.

At its front are LED headlights with two half-circles that hark back to the JDM Fairlady 240ZG of the ‘70s. At the rear are combination taillamps reminiscent of the Z32 300ZX, including new 3-D signature LED taillights that are distinctly Z.


The Nissan Z can be had in three monotone exterior colors and six two-tone exterior colors including two new color options that come with a Super Black roof, Seiran Blue and Ikazuchi Yellow.

“Our designers listened to thousands of current Z owners, made countless studies and sketches as we researched each generation and what made them a success. Ultimately, we decided the Z should travel between the decades, including the future,” says Nissan’s Senior Vice President of Global Design, Alfonso Albaisa.

The modern-retro theme continues inside the Nissan Z. Taking center stage are three analog pod gauges, an eight-inch audio display, and climate control switches. In addition, a 12.3-inch customizable digital meter display can be found past the multi-functional deep-spoke steering wheel.


Nissan used suede on the seats which it says should “suppress initial lateral shake on the body, creating more comfortable drives, as well as reducing body movement when the vehicle is aggressively cornering.”

Interior color options include Graphite, Red, and Blue.

Powering the new Nissan Z is a 3.0-liter V-6 twin-turbo engine mated to either a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic. This allows the new Nissan Z to reach a maximum power output of 400hp and a maximum torque of 475Nm.


“Simply put, our goal is to make this the best Z yet, period. With each generation, we raise the bar, pushing the limits of Z and continuing to tap into the human instinct for that next thrilling journey. More than just powerful and agile, the all-new Z is designed to be one with the driver, for the car to be a ‘dance partner’ for their on-road adventures,” explained Chief Product Specialist of the new Z, Hiroshi Tamura.

The US-spec Nissan Z will be offered in two variants: Nissan Z Sport and Nissan Z Performance. A Nissan Z Proto-Spec variant will also be offered, albeit in limited amounts (240 units).


Pricing and release date are yet to be revealed although Nissan says that the JDM Fairlady Z will be announced at the end of the year.


Photos from Nissan

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