Nissan has lowered full Japanese prices for its highly anticipated new Z before sales begin in June, and is very competitively priced against its main rival, the Toyota GR Supra. Remember that it is a sports car, which comes to compete directly with brands such as Toyota, Subaru and even Honda, and therefore hope to position themselves as the best in sales within the automotive market.
The mechanical capabilities of the car
Unlike the GR Supra, which offers buyers the option of a 255-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a 3.0-liter, 382-horsepower turbocharged inline-six engine, the Nissan Z is offered exclusively with a 400 HP twin-turbo V6 that can be purchased with a 6-liter manual speed inline six-cylinder engine. or a 9-speed automatic transmission from the get-go. Currently, the GR Supra is available only with an eight-speed automatic transmission, although Toyota has confirmed a six-speed manual transmission later this year.
The entrance fee
With the basic specs out of the way, let’s see how the two compare in price in your home market of Japan. Nissan’s new Z with the standard 400 horsepower starts from 5,241,500 yen, or what would be similar to about $40,890 at the current exchange rate, regardless of the transmission option. That’s just 246,000 yen or about $1,924 more than the base Toyota GR Supra SZ with the 255HP four-cylinder engine. To a good understander, giving a little less than 2k for 145 additional horsepower makes the Z the clear winner.
However, to compare apples with apples, you will have to opt for the 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine option on the GR Supra RZ, which increases the price to 7,313,000 yen or about 57,215 US dollars. At that price, all trim levels of the Z represent a significant bargain compared to the Supra, especially considering the Supra is not yet available with manual transmission. You can check them out in detail below, but Z prices range from 5,241,500 yen or about $40,890 to 6,462,500 yen or about 50,416 U.S. dollars in Japan.
What it could cost to get to North America
The official U.S. price has yet to be announced, but Nissan officials have previously hinted that the Z will be priced at around $40,000 to $45,000 in the United States. For reference, the six-cylinder Supra starts at $51,640 on U.S. soil. Hopefully, these prices will largely hold for when it hits our shores in the summer of 2022.
Part of its aesthetic
As for the trim differences for the Japanese Nissan Z market, the base and T automatic models will receive 18-inch aluminum wheels, while the S, ST manual and ST automatic models will arrive with 19-inch Rays aluminum wheels, brake calipers and a limited-slip differential. St editions also get genuine leather and suede-like fabric, as well as power seats with lumbar support.
Finally, a limited-edition Z “Proto Spec” that was shown at the 2022 Tokyo Motor Show will cost 6,966,300 yen or about 54,593 USD. Only 240 copies of Proto Spec will be produced, but we’re not sure if any will be assigned to the United States. It won’t be long before we find out the price of the Z, as Nissan has said its RWD sports car will go on sale in the coming months, if not weeks.