Sorry Nissan fans – the 400Z sports car won’t be available in South Africa

The title says it all. Like a dagger to the heart of Z car enthusiasts, the latest generation of Nissan’s iconic Z performance will not be sold in South Africa.

According to Nissan South Africa: “As part of the Nissan NEXT strategy announced in 2020, which is a key pillar in driving sustainable growth goals, Nissan adopted the rationalisation of part of its product portfolio. As a result, Nissan will not be launching the 400Z in South Africa upon the end of production of the 370Z. Current customers of the iconic 370Z will continue to be supported with quality aftersales services.”

As a matter of reference, the GT-R remains the Japanese brand’s sole performance car in the country at the moment, with a starting price tag of (just) R2.5-million. In addition, ‘Godzilla’ has been on sale for more than a decade and is due an all-new replacement as well.

In case you’ve forgotten – under the bonnet is a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that produces 294kW and 475Nm of torque, that sends power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual with an advanced launch assist control system or new (optional) nine-speed automatic transmission. In terms of on-road performance, Nissan claims the sports coupe will do the 0-100km/h sprint in 4.5-seconds.

Gone but not forgotten

In addition to the standard model, it will be available in Sport and Performance trims, and a special edition model called the Z Proto, which will be limited to only 240 units – paying tribute to the original 240Z.

The standard inventory is quite extensive, boasting features like: Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Start, Intelligent Cruise Control, Automatic Temperature Control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, RearView Monitor, two 12-volt power points, two USB points (Type-A and Type-C), and front and rear sonar sensors, an 8.0-inch display audio touchscreen with six speakers includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System and 4-way power passenger seat and heated seats.

Nissan kept to the blueprint of previous generations in the design department. The LED headlights, for example, drawn inspiration from the Japan market-only 240ZG, while the rear features new 3D signature LED taillights and the sloped rear window. The interior is honed towards the driver with three analog pod gauges on the instrument panel, the 8.0-inch touchscreen audio display in the centre, and climate control switches near the shifter. In addition, all vital information can be viewed on the 12.3-inch customisable digital display.

Would the latest Z car have been a success on local soil? The truth is, we’ll now never know – unless someone is brave enough to bring one from overseas. For now, all petrolheads can do is watch from a distance but who knows – maybe this is a blessing in disguise and something better is possibly on the horizon for SA *cough* new GT-R *cough*.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local service information close to home.

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