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Nissan 400Z could under-price and outpower Supra


Nissan’s forthcoming 400Z sports car will apparently outpower and under-price it’s main rival, the Toyota Supra.

According to AllCarNews, the sports car (codenamed Z35) will definitely use the 400Z badge and source its power from a turbocharged V6 making around 300kW (400hp, hence the name).

Not only that but the ‘4’ theme continues into the sticker price, which will allegedly start at US$40,000. That’s just under US$10k less than the Supra starts at.

The next-generation Nissan Z car could look something like this.

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The next-generation Nissan Z car could look something like this.

If the relationship carries over to New Zealand (assuming we’ll get the new sports car), the 400Z could start at around NZ$85k. That’s pure speculation though, as vehicle pricing is never as easy as simply converting one currency to another.

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As for Toyota’s offering, the BMW-borne Supra offers between 250kW and 285kW (depending on what year you buy) and 500Nm of torque. The power level will likely rise again in the next year or two in order to better rival the 400Z.

The Supra might be a triumphant return of the badge but it's not the only Japanese manufacturer with a history of fast sports cars. Nissan is coming in hot.

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The Supra might be a triumphant return of the badge but it’s not the only Japanese manufacturer with a history of fast sports cars. Nissan is coming in hot.

Back at the beginning of May, a report from Japan’s Spyder7 substantiated rumours that the 400Z would use the twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 from the Infiniti Q60 for the standard model. 

Power could be turned up to 358kW for a range-topping 480Z while Nismo’s version could even touch 500hp (372kW). That would put the lighter Z car within spitting distance of the aging GT-R, currently making 421kW in base trim or as much as 447kW in Nismo form.

According to an earlier report from Autocar UK, the 400Z will get a manual option for the enthusiasts as well as the two-pedal version to please both sides of the coin. Performance should be a notch quicker than the 1700kg Infiniti Q60 Red Sport which can crack 100kmh in about 4.6 seconds with its seven-speed automatic.

The 400Z will supposedly take styling cues from previous Z cars like the 240Z and bring them into the modern age.

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The 400Z will supposedly take styling cues from previous Z cars like the 240Z and bring them into the modern age.

As for styling, Nissan is expected to pen the 400Z after the original 240Z with modern cues. The interior will be completely revamped compared to the 370Z as well. Hopefully, it’ll look a bit like these renders by Leyang Bai.

Nissan is expected to debut the new Z car at the 2021 Tokyo Motor Show ahead of a production launch for 2022. 





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