The first Nissan ‘Zed’ car in more than a decade has arrived in Australia, ahead of the start of customer deliveries in the coming weeks.
The new 2023 Nissan Z has arrived in Australia ahead of the first customer deliveries in the coming weeks.
Revealed 12 months ago, the simply-named ‘Z’ is the first new Nissan ‘Zed’ car since the 370Z went on sale in 2008, offering a refreshed retro-styled look, standard twin-turbo V6, and a modern twin-screen interior.
Priced from $73,300 plus on-road costs, it’s also about $20,000 more expensive than the car it replaces – with a limited-edition Proto Spec pushing the price to $80,700 plus on-road costs.
While customer deliveries are yet to begin, Nissan Australia is celebrating the arrival of its first new Zs with a step back through the ‘Z car’ lineage, which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2019.
A gallery of images published by Nissan Australia today shows six of the seven Z-car generations built since 1969:
- Two examples of the original ‘S30’ generation: an original 1969 Datsun 240Z, and a 1974 Datsun 260Z
- 1978 Nissan 280ZX, designated S130
- 1989 Nissan 300ZX (the second-generation 300ZX, badged Z32)
- 2002 Nissan 350Z (Z33)
- 2008 Nissan 370Z (Z34)
- 2023 Nissan Z
Missing from the set is the first-generation 300ZX (the Z31), sold in the mid 1980s.
While not publicised at launch, in a fun fact for Nissan Z fans: official Japanese data lists the new Z as wearing the RZ34 designation, rather than the long-rumoured Z35 codename, as it’s not an all-new car – but rather a reskin of the old 370Z, with a similar floorpan and identical wheelbase.
For a deep dive into all past Nissan Z-car generations, click here to read Drive’s history feature, published in late 2020.
“This is a proud moment. Few models can claim the performance lineage of the Z, and to be able to celebrate it right here in Australia, on the eve of a new dawn of performance for the brand, is special,” Nissan Australia Managing Director, Adam Paterson, said in a media statement.
“This might be the first example of the all-new Z we see on local roads, but we’ll soon be seeing many more, with a new era of Z about to begin.”
The 2023 Nissan Z is due in Australian showrooms in the coming weeks.