Together with its high-performance Nismo division, Nissan is teasing something new for the Z on social media. The official debut is set for September 28 at 8:00 a.m. local time, which means we’ll see the speedy coupe tomorrow night. . Eastern time. Specifically, the premiere will be at 7:00 PM EST. Although the preview image doesn’t reveal much, we tweaked the brightness and exposure to unlock the car’s identity.
We’re dealing with a GT4-spec version of the new Z, complete with a beefy Nismo aero body kit. There’s a prominent spoiler lip up front and a sizable wing at the rear, along with body decals and “GT4” logos stuck to the side profile. From what we can tell, the race car has a vented hood and retains the production model rear spoiler despite the addition of a wing.
It’s not the first race car version of the Z as Nissan and Nismo introduced the Super GT specification late last year. We also saw a track-only modified version in early June at the Fuji 24-Hour Race at Fuji Speedway where it competed in the ST-Q class among other race cars that did not meet series classifications. Great Taikyu.
The new Z GT4 will go up against other machines designed for this class of racing that we have seen in recent months, such as the BMW M4 GT4, McLaren Artura GT4 and Lotus Emira GT4. Rumors of a hot Z Nismo for the road have been swirling around the internet even before the standard car’s debut, but it looks like Nissan and Nismo are currently focused on racing apps.
The GT4 variant is expected to be closer to a Z Nismo with a license plate than the Super GT model by featuring aggressive bodywork with more dramatic aerodynamics, bigger brakes and upgraded wheels. With the replacement for the very fresh 370Z, Nissan probably isn’t in a rush to introduce a spicy derivative. That said, standalone Nismo parts would make sense to spice up the coupe.