Nissan Z Launch Timing Leaked, Sales Slated for June

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

A Nissan dealership employee shared what appears to be a presentation slide of the upcoming Z’s launch timing.

If true, it confirms that the car will go on sale in June.

Other key dates include the first drive for automotive media in April — we hope to snag an invite, and if we don’t make the cut we’ll do our best to get a loaner car for review ASAP — and the start of production in March.

It looks like the ad/marketing campaigns will hit in August.

The new Z has been garnering attention for a long time now, and it’s finally about time for us to drive the thing. And for intenders to be able to actually buy one.

[Image: Nissan]

Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Mar 01, 2022

    Is this going to use a version of the VQ, or is this going to be yet another turbocharged 2.0 four-banger?

  • Ol Shel Ol Shel on Mar 01, 2022

    This will be a fun car that's bashed by those who can't afford one. They would have somehow come up with the money if it had only been a tiny bit faster/prettier/more refined, etc.

  • Brett Woods Brett Woods on Mar 02, 2022

    Nissan 400Z is diamond form of 1990s GT sports car. My concern is that the yesteryear approach will have limited appeal and shelf life. I like it. I always have my eye on it. It's known to be good, but the price went high. Now that time has moved on, does Nissan Z get cross shopped with the Polestar O2 or will Polestar O2 be much more expensive and limited in numbers?

  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Mar 04, 2022

    Please let the next one be inspired by the Z32 model.