Nissan’s latest crack at Formula Zed gets the world talking, but mainly because it flies in the face of the electrification surge.
Perhaps a non-electrified, manual last hurray for the brand’s sports catalog, the Zed once again battles a long list of rivals, including the obvious like the Toyota Supra, and less obvious ones like the Alpine A110.
Let’s take a closer look at what we know and how the Zed will stack up against, without going into the full niche of premium coupes like Lotus and beyond, or sedan-based vehicles like the BMW 4 Series, which although similar, are not really. in the same vein.
We know that the Zed will be motivated by a twin-turbo version of its 3.0-liter V6 engine from the VR series, with powers set at 298 kW / 475 Nm. It can be chosen, even in Australia, either with an automatic gearbox. Eight-speed torque converter with limited slip mode, or as a six-speed manual with a carbon composite driveshaft.
In terms of size, it shares its platform with the outgoing car, so there is little change on that front, while Nissan has taken the opportunity to give the sports coupe a major digital overhaul in its cabin.
We don’t know the price of the Zed yet, but indications from international markets suggest that it will carry a price tag not too far removed from the outgoing 370Z (which can range anywhere from $ 50,490 to $ 64,490 before on the roads), and therefore much more affordable than the Supra.
The Supra is its main rival, driven by an original BMW 3.0-liter straight-six producing 285 kW / 500 Nm, driving the rear wheels exclusively via an eight-speed automatic, but it should be remembered that the Japanese nameplate isn’t the only car on the market in a similar vein, with others outside of Europe that are also worth mentioning.
The first is the car to which the Supra owes its existence, the BMW Z4. Starting at $ 129,471 (MSRP) for the most equivalent 3.0-liter straight-six M40i variant, the Z4 is a truly premium offering at nearly double the price the Nissan Zed should cost. Its output powers match those of the Supra at 285 kW / 500 Nm, which gives it a power-to-weight ratio of 189.6 kW / t.
The Alpine A110 is an alternative to the sports coupe from Renault’s Alpine Performance division. Starting at $ 101,000 (MSRP), the A110 is smaller and lighter than its rivals here, and sports an all the smaller engine, a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder derived from the Megane RS hatchback. hot. Still producing a power of 185 kW / 320 Nm, the Alpine has a weight / power ratio of 174.5 kW / t, not far from its competitors.
In the opposite direction is Ford’s seemingly ubiquitous Mustang. The front-engine, rear-wheel-drive big pony car starts much closer to the mark at $ 64,390 for the manual GT V8 variant. Producing 339 kW / 556 Nm but weighing more than its coupe rivals, the Mustang has a power-to-weight ratio of 194.2 kW / t.
For something a little different again, Audi offers its TT. Cut in shape, but front-wheel drive by nature, the TT starts at $ 80,272 for the base 2.0-liter turbo, or a whopping $ 137,900 for the grease-packed five-cylinder RS. Seemingly little time for this world, the TT range is only automatic with dual clutch.
Obviously, we could go on all day covering other high-end rivals like the Jaguar F-Type, BMW 4 Series, Mercedes C-Class Coupe and Porsche Boxster, but we’ll leave that at that for now. Check out our table below to see all the specs of the mentioned cars compared.
|Model||Price (MSRP)||Motor||Transmission||Disposition||Go out||Power-to-weight||Fuel consumption||guarantee|
|Nissan z||TBD ($ 60-70,000 est.)||3.0-liter twin-turbo V6||6 speed manual / 8 speed automatic||RWD||298 kW / 475 Nm||To be determined||To be determined||5 years / unlimited km|
|Toyota supra||$ 87,003 – $ 97,003||Six 3.0-liter in-line turbo||8-speed automatic||RWD||285kW / 500Nm||193.5 kW / t||7.7 L / 100 km||5 years / unlimited km|
|BMW Z4 M40i||$ 129,471||Six 3.0-liter in-line turbo||8-speed automatic||RWD||285kW / 500Nm||189.6 kW / t||7.5L / 100km||3 years / unlimited km|
|Alpine A110 Pure||$ 98,388||1.8-liter four-cylinder turbo||7-speed dual clutch||RWD||185kW / 320Nm||174.5 kW / t||6.2 L / 100 km||3 years / 100,000 km|
|Ford Mustang GT||$ 64,390 – $ 67,390||5.0-liter V8||6 speed manual / 10 speed automatic||RWD||339kW / 556Nm||194.2 kW / t||13.0L / 100km||5 years / unlimited|
|Audi TT 45 TFSI||$ 82,400||2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder||7-speed dual clutch||FWD||180kW / 370Nm||129.5 kW / t||9.6 L / 100 km||3 years / unlimited|