Mark it on your calendars, put it on a sticky note, tell your friends – the new Nissan Z sports car will debut on August 17, 2021. The company formalized the announcement today, a few just months after showing off the Z Proto concept at the end of 2020. Even though it will be a few more months before the production version appears, we will finally be able to see the new biturbo coupe in metal.
Beyond an official release date, Nissan has left out juicy details like performance and price. We know the new Z will borrow the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine from the Infiniti Q60, which is expected to produce around 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts). A manual transmission will come standard, with an automatic optional, and power will be transmitted exclusively to the rear wheels.
The design of the new Nissan Z will likely be a version of what we’ve seen on the Z Proto before: a spectacular fastback shape, huge grille, and retro-styled taillights at the rear. Patent filings and spy photos of what we believe to be the final production version paint a pretty clear picture.
The interior of the new Z shouldn’t stray away from the Proto, either. The same 8.0-inch touchscreen will likely be kept, as will the tri-gauge design at the top of the dashboard, digital instrument panel and sleek three-spoke steering wheel, with leather seats available as an option.
We won’t know how much the new Z will cost until Nissan makes an official announcement, but insiders tell us the sports car will start at $ 34,995. Supposed performance packs could add $ 5,000 to that price, adding things like Brembo brakes, thicker stabilizer bars, more powerful cooling, and extra features inside. But we’ll know all the details when the new Nissan Z debuts in August.