Nissan 400Z: Punchy and Powerful


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Dhruv Vaze, Opinions Editor

The 2021 Nissan 400z is on the verge of being debuted, continuing Nissan’s tradition of relatively affordable two-door sports cars. With a capable twin-turbocharged V6 powertrain, unique styling, and standard three pedals, the Z executes and improves on the formula that Nissan has been honing over the last 52 years.

In 1969, Datsun (Nissan’s former name) introduced the Fairlady Z (240Z), a straight-six-cylinder, naturally-aspirated classy sports car that started the Z brand name.

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After an initial hit success with consumer markets in Japan and the United States, Datsun decided to double down on the performance aspects of the car by turbocharging the engine in the 1981 280ZX. Since then, legendary cars like the 300ZX, the 350Z, and the 370Z have continued to receive love from the car community for their factory capabilities and their tuning potential.

With a rumored 400 crank horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque, the 400Z will compete nicely in its market segment, alongside competitors like the Toyota four- and six-cylinder Supra models and the BMW M2. The styling of the 2021 Z car takes inspiration from all its predecessor models, achieving a retro-styled design with modern touches.