The all-new Nissan Z has finally made its official debut as a driver-focused sportscar. Said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist of the seventh-generation Z, “[The new Z] more than just powerful and agile … [it] is designed to be one with the driver.” According to the Japanese motor car manufacturer, their goal with the new-generation Z was to make the best Z car yet.

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The new Z’s exterior design, Nissan says, “communicates respect to its lineage”.

The seventh-generation model to don Nissan’s iconic “Z” badge is powered by a 3,0-litre V6 twin-turbocharged petrol engine, designed to deliver sharp, yet smooth response to the driver’s input. The VR30DDTT motor directs 298 kW and 475 N.m of torque, the latter available from 5 600 r/min, exclusively to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual gearbox or a new nine-speed automatic transmission.

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3,0-litre V6 directs 298 kW exclusively to the rear axle.

An homage to Z cars of the past, the new Z’s exterior design, Nissan says, “communicates respect to its lineage”. “Our designers listened to thousands of current Z owners, made countless studies and sketches as we researched each generation and what made them a success,” Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of global design at Nissan, says. “Ultimately, we decided the Z should travel between the decades, including the future.”

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The new Z’s silhouette pays tribute to the first-generation Z.

The new Z’s silhouette pays tribute to the first-generation Z. And the LED headlamps, which incorporate a duo of half-circle daytime-running lights, hark back to the Japan market-only Fairlady 240ZG. The taillamps, meanwhile, is reminiscent of the items found on the Z32 300ZX.

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Infotainment items include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The new Z’s cabin, Nissan says, was “designed to fit the driver and passenger like a glove” and “seamlessly blends modern technology with vintage Z touches”.The driver-focused cockpit features a 12,3-inch configurable digital driver’s display, a screen mirroring-enabled 8,0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and analogue gauges, which are skewed towards the driver.