The new Nissan Z has so far had more than 1200 orders in Australia and has satisfied the company and car enthusiasts alike, about 70% of which are six-speed manual transmissions.
Arrive guaranteed end result in terms of market access and affordability, the Japanese giant decided to use some of the existing parts, including the engine from Infiniti and the existing platform from the 370Z.
However, at the start of the project in 2017, internal pressure killed the manual transmission, according to project leader Hiroshi Tamura, thinking that the demand for such a gearbox would be negligible.
Thankfully, the powers that be eventually agree with Tamura that the need for manuals can still be justified from a business case standpoint.
The Nissan Z manual transmission is the same transmission as the 370Z, although the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 makes 298kW and 475Nm of torque (up from 253kW and 371Nm of torque in the 370Z). The main changes are the ‘click’ change point and a slightly smoother shift.
The nine-speed automatic is also a ‘special transmission’, once used on cars like the Nissan Frontier/Pathfinder, but specially tuned for the Z.
According to Nissan Australia, the initial high absorption of manual transmissions will decline over the life of the vehicle and will see it account for around 40% of total sales.
In terms of other numbers, the most popular colors are blue with super black roof (26% of orders) and Everest white with super black roof (16% of orders).
Both manual and automatic transmissions have launch control, and the manual transmission also has the ability to shift gears without the driver needing to lift the accelerator.