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2022 Nissan 400Z, A New Ford Mustang Rival, Set For August Reveal

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Last fall, Nissan revealed the Z Proto, a thinly-disguised concept car preview of a new, forthcoming Z model, which is expected to be called the 400Z. Reviving the “Z” moniker is a big deal for the Japanese automaker, which has applied that designation to its performance vehicles since the 1970s. Now, we have a reveal date for the production version of the Z Proto – the 2022 Nissan 400Z – and it’s set for August 17th, 2021.

When it launches later this year, the 2022 Nissan 400Z will compete with a variety of other sports cars on the market, including the Ford Mustang. Aside from the fact that they’re both two-door, rear-wheel-drive sports cars, however, that’s pretty much where the similarities end. While the Mustang GT relies on Ford’s naturally-aspirated 5.0L Coyote V8 for power, the 400Z is expected to be powered by a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 with around 400 horsepower.

Purists will be happy to know that a six-speed manual transmission will come as standard equipment, with an automatic gearbox also available as an option. As far as styling goes, well, the 400Z is decidedly retro-futuristic, paying proper homage to its predecessors like the 240Z and 300ZX, with obvious influences from modern Jaguar and Aston Martin models. In terms of size, the Z Proto is five inches longer than the current 370Z.

Most expect the production version of the 400Z to look mostly identical to the Z Proto concept, albeit with a few minor tweaks. The interior of the concept looks production-ready as well, with a throwback three gauge pod on top of the dash, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and a large infotainment screen, with stitching and piping that matches the vibrant exterior hue.

Pricing for the 2022 Nissan 400Z hasn’t yet been announced, but it’s expected to land somewhere in the $40k range.

We’ll have more on the 400Z and all of Ford’s competition soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Lee

    Sheesh, would everyone stop comparing recycled Shivrowlays to Ford’s Mustang already?

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  2. Stalkbroker94

    I’ve long been waiting for Nissan to get back to what they’re good at. I mean, they can make a car that appeals to the masses, but when they build something for the enthusiasts, they do it right. Hopefully this is a decent competitor.

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  3. Gabe

    I’ve owned a couple camaros, and couple mustangs, and somewhere along the line, a 350z roadster. The z was quick, or maybe peppy is a better descriptor. The cornering was superb. What that car made me realize was simple, acceleration is a lot more fun, and a ton safer on public streets, than great cornering that you really only realize when you’re close to the edge of the limits. It also made me realize all of the sacrifices you make when you go from a muscle car to a “real” sports car. With muscle cars, you sacrifice rear doors, a back seat that fits humans with legs, and compared to a sedan, that’s about it. The z sacrificed the back doors too, but also the back seats themselves – no more squeezing in those two friends that don’t care how tight it is for a short ride or extra cargo space, you also lose about half of the trunk space, but the real kicker was what you lose in ride. Muscle cars are VERY comfortable daily drivers. The z was miserable on anything but the smoothest tarmac, crashing over pavement expansion grooves felt like giant potholes that rattled the interior. Cool car. I’d love to rent one for a week, but I’d never buy one again.

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  4. Mark L Bedel

    I wonder what the curb weight of the 400 Z will be?

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  5. Roy Chile’s

    Ford 2.3 EcoBoost Mustang would be a better comparison it can make 400hp with no problem. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Focus RS out perform the new Z

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    1. Harry

      It may, but Zs traditionally handle very well and a twin turbo, 3 litre V6 is going to be a fairly potent stock motor.

      What you wont get in the Z though that you will in the Focus is the rear seats but sort of apples and oranges anyway.

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      1. Roy Chile’s

        Same Apples to Oranges apply to the Mustang which has a rear seat also

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