Nissan Australia is participating with a few of its most enthusiastic followers to generate extra buzz round its soon-to-launch new Z.
With the native media launch simply weeks away, the corporate says it stunned members of the Z Automotive Membership of NSW in the course of the group’s annual President’s Run.
The publicity stunt noticed an all-new Z ready for the group as they climbed to the Beaufoy Merlin lookout, simply exterior the historic mining city of Hill Finish in NSW.
The varied house owners group of diehards was met by the (sold-out) flagship of the Z household — the Proto — provided solely in Ikazuchi Yellow paintwork topped by a Tremendous Black roof, with 19-inch bronze solid alloy wheels and yellow brake calipers.
This all-new Nissan Z led a procession of Z vehicles that span greater than 50 years, together with virtually each Z mannequin ever launched.
Nissan has lengthy been intent on reminding Australia’s automotive fanatics of its lengthy heritage with sports activities vehicles. The corporate has beforehand hosted Z meets at its regional headquarters.
“It was a tremendous expertise, and it was so thrilling for our members, who’re so enthusiastic about their automobiles and the historical past of the Z, to see the place this iconic mannequin goes subsequent,” mentioned Z Automotive Membership of NSW president John Wakeling.
“What’s so particular about this automotive is that it blends parts of each historic Z mannequin, however remains to be very a lot distinctive and fashionable. So for our members to have the ability to determine design parts from their very own vehicles was wonderful.
“Not solely was it a shock for our members, however I believe Nissan might need secured a couple of further prospects after seeing the brand new Z within the metallic.”
Not that Nissan wants a lot assist with that.
As of May this year, greater than 1000 Australians had put their hard-earned cash down at a supplier for his or her new Nissan Z – earlier than first shipments go on sale right here, and earlier than pricing went public.
“We all know simply how passionate the followers of this mannequin are, whether or not they’re driving the primary Datsun 240Z or the Nissan 370Z Nismo, so we had been thrilled they might be among the many first folks in Australia to expertise the all-new Z in individual,” mentioned Nissan Australia Managing Director Adam Paterson.
The Aussie press launch for the brand new Nissan Z takes place on the finish of this month.
The brand new Nissan Z’s $73,300 (excluding supplier supply and State taxes) worth level compares to pricing of between $61,990 (guide) and $64,490 (auto) for the MY21 Nissan 370Z Nismo.
The circa 1000 money-down reservations got here from a pool of 3000-odd individuals who lodged “expressions of curiosity”. The quantity deposited diversified relying on the supplier, Nissan mentioned.
Nissan has but to specify its plans round supplying its nationwide sellers with Z inventory, and whether or not it’ll try to restrict supplier markups, or speculators shopping for then on-selling at a revenue.
Quite a few producers have needed to deal with offering the market with high-demand area of interest merchandise these days: examples coming to thoughts span from the Suzuki Jimny, to the equally standard (relative to provide) Subaru BRZ, Toyota GR Yaris, and Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The Nissan Z sits on a revised model of the 370Z’s rear-wheel drive bones and makes use of the Infiniti Q60 Purple Sport’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 with variable valve timing and quick-spooling small-diameter turbochargers, placing out 298kW of energy and 475Nm of torque.
Energy-to-weight is improved by 13 per cent over the 370Z and the acceleration time from zero to 100km/h has been diminished by a claimed 15 per cent.
Nissan Z household tree
Whether or not you pronounce it “Zee” or “Zed”, there are few Japanese automotive names extra evocative than that of the Nissan Z-Automotive.
In virtually steady manufacturing since 1969 – however for a short hole between the second 300ZX and the 350Z – the Z nameplate predates myriad memorable Japanese sports activities coupes, from its arch-rival the Toyota Supra (1978) to fallen comrades just like the Toyota Celica (1970) and Honda Prelude (1978).
It’s, nonetheless, as outdated as one other legendary nameplate: the Nissan Skyline GT-R, which additionally commenced manufacturing in 1969.
Japanese readers will know the Z by a further title: Fairlady. In a land of vehicles with names like Cedric and Bongo Friendee, Fairlady matches proper in. The eccentric title first appeared on a Datsun roadster in 1960, and when manufacturing of the primary Z-Automotive started it wore Fairlady Z badging in its residence market.
Eager to know extra? Our man William Stopford has written an exhaustive historical past from 1969 to 2022, which you’ll be able to learn right here: