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It’s been 13 years since Nissan last launched a Z sports car, and the seventh-generation model is an impressive new contender to challenge the Toyota Supra and Ford Mustang.
Nissan has 1,200 cashed-up buyers waiting for their ship to come in bearing the two-door Z sports car.
As is the case with all car companies battling supply chain bottlenecks, the Japanese car maker can’t say when delivery will be.
Nissan Australia managing director, Adam Peterson, is wary of putting a definite timeline on it, but hopes to have the pre-orders satisfied by the end of the Japanese financial year: March, 2023.
“We’ll get them here as quickly as we can but the pent-up demand for the Z extends to every market it is sold in and supply chain volatility doesn’t help,” Peterson said.
Overall, the Nissan Z is worth the wait. It isn’t as focused as a Toyota Supra, or as cheap as a Ford Mustang. It does, however over a hugely entertaining drive while being able to comfortably be used as a daily driver.
For those looking for the ultimate Nissan sports car, there’s the GT-R, also known as 'Godzilla'.
As Nissan Z program director Hiroshi Tasuma points out, the GT-R is intended to be battle, the Z is more of an engagement.
“GT-R is more of ‘I want to control this beast’, like a rodeo ride. Z is more of a dance partner. One tyre can handle around 150 horsepower, so GT-R with four-wheel drive has 600hp.
Nissan Z as two-wheel drive then should have 300hp. It has 400hp, so you have to lead your dance partner carefully. It has to be exciting.”