Nissan Shows Z GT4 at SEMA
The SEMA news comes unabated. Add Nissan to the number of brands that took the wraps off some new hotness in Vegas.
The Nissan Z GT4 was actually originally shown in September in NISMO guise before showing up in the desert with a different livery. In a nod to the company's racing past, the hood gets marked with the number 23 (no relation to the forgettable Jim Carrey flick, one hopes) inside a "rising sun circle". Other badging also references the past, and the black-and-red paint job is pure NISMO.
It's not just a show car -- Nissan will be taking this Z racing in the U.S., in the SRO Pirelli GT4 America series. The company will also be racing in the Super Taikyu Series in Japan, as well.
The cars will be provided to "pilot customer teams" for the price of $229,000, not including shipping, with NISMO providing technical support.
Cars should be available to race in 2024, with orders opening in the middle of next year.
"The SEMA Show is an ideal place to debut our Z GT4 to racers, enthusiasts and the entire industry," said Michael Carcamo, global program director, sports cars, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd, in a statement. "We are in the throes of preparing for the 2023 racing season – testing here locally this past weekend – and we look forward to continuing to talk with teams and continue to establish the Z as a force to be reckoned with on tracks around the world."
Some quick specs -- this Z weighs about 3,100 pounds and has 450 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque.
Keep an eye out for this Z on a racetrack near you.
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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 Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. 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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