2022 Nissan Z may cost $AU65,000, leaked Japanese prices hint – report

The new Nissan Z will cost more than its predecessor, leaked Japanese pricing has revealed – but it may not be as expensive as some have expected.

Japanese pricing for the hotly-anticipated 2022 Nissan Z sports car has leaked online – ahead of full Australian details and customer deliveries due in the second half of this year.

Nissan dealer information obtained by Japanese website Creative Trend shows the new Z – badged Fairlady Z in its home market, per all prior Z cars – will be priced from 5,241,500 Japanese yen ($AU57,400) for the unnamed base model, rising up to 6,966,300 yen ($AU76,300) for the Proto Spec limited edition.

Of the five model grades on offer in Japan, the variant closest in standard specification to Australia’s only full-time variant is the second-from-flagship ‘ST’, priced from 6,462,500 yen with a manual or automatic gearbox – up 22 to 24 per cent over an equivalent variant of the old 370Z in Japan.

Applying this difference would suggest Australian prices for the new Z may start as low as $62,500 plus on-road costs with a six-speed manual transmission, or $65,000 plus on-road costs with the nine-speed automatic.

For the final years of its life, the Nissan 370Z was priced from $50,490 plus on-road costs with a six-speed manual, rising to $52,990 plus on-road costs with a seven-speed automatic.

If the predicted Australian prices prove true, the new Nissan Z would undercut its Toyota GR Supra rival by a significant margin, with the Supra currently priced from $87,303 plus on-roads for the base GT, rising to $97,303 for the GTS flagship– both (for now) with eight-speed automatic transmissions.

The Proto Spec limited edition – also confirmed for Australia – is reportedly priced from 6,966,300 yen ($AU76,300) in Japan, which would correlate to a price Down Under of approximately $67,000 to $70,000 plus on-road costs.

There is claimed to be no difference between manual and automatic transmission pricing in Japan – though it remains to be seen if Australia follows suit, as the 370Z’s auto option came at a $1500 premium.

According to Creative Trend’s source, standard features on the base Nissan Z in Japan include 18-inch wheels, a 9.0-inch centre touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, cloth upholstery, manual seat adjustment, four speakers, and push-button start.

Opting for the performance-oriented ‘S’ model – only available with the six-speed manual – will reportedly add 19-inch aluminium wheels, wider tyres (255mm front and 275mm rear, up from 245mm on all wheels), upgraded performance brakes, and a mechanical limited-slip rear differential.

Meanwhile, the automatic-only, luxury-oriented ‘T’ model misses out on the S variant’s performance goodies, but instead adds leather and suede upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, driver lumbar support, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, and active noise cancellation.

As its name suggests, the ST variant combines the additions bundled into the S and T models – and can be had with either two-pedal or three-pedal transmissions.

The ST variant is a match for the sole, full-time ‘Z Coupe’ variant confirmed for Australia – with the exception of Australia’s smaller 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, which lacks the 9.0-inch display’s built-in satellite navigation system, as fitted as standard in Japan.

Like Japan and the USA, a Nissan Z ‘Proto Spec’ will be available at launch in “limited numbers”, adding 19-inch bronze forged wheels, yellow brake calipers, a black interior with yellow accents and stitching, and an available Ikazuchi Yellow (body) and Super Black (roof) colour scheme – all inspired by the 2020 Z Proto concept that previewed the production Z.

Powering all 2022 Nissan Z coupes will be a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 borrowed from Nissan’s luxury Infiniti brand, sending 298kW and 475Nm to the rear wheels though a choice of six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmissions.

For full details on the new Nissan Z, click here to read Drive’s in-depth story from the car’s reveal last August.

The 2022 Nissan Z will arrive in Australian showrooms before the end of this year, with the brand previously indicating a mid-year launch.

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