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2022 Nissan Z confirmed! New Toyota Supra rival with huge twin-turbo V6 power is a 400Z by any other name

The Z was preview by the near-production Z Proto (pictured) last September.

Nissan has finally let the cat out of the bag, confirming not only when the next-generation Z sports car will be revealed, but also its name.

Yep, while the new Toyota Supra rival was widely rumoured to be known as the 400Z, it is actually simply called Z, which opens the door for multiple in-house tunes for its 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V6.

But before we get into that, it’s worth putting Tuesday, August 17 (EDT) in your diaries, because that’s the day the Z will make its eagerly anticipated debut in New York City.

While Nissan hasn’t confirmed any other details on the 370Z-replacing Z, the near-production Z Proto coupe provided nearly all of the answers when it was unveiled last September.

Of course, the big news was the confirmation (excluding outputs) of the Z’s aforementioned engine, which produces up to 298kW/475Nm under the bonnet of Infiniti's related Q50 and Q60 Red Sport.

The Z will make its eagerly anticipated debut in New York City. The Z will make its eagerly anticipated debut in New York City.

While the speculated 400Z moniker would’ve been a perfect fit given 298kW is 400hp in the old money, Nissan may have gone with the Z designation instead because it opens the door for a Nismo flagship with even more power – or maybe the ‘regular’ Z will up the ante, too.

Either way, there’s lots to look forward to as far as the Z is concerned, including the availability of manual and torque-converter automatic transmissions, which will be tasked with sending drive to the rear wheels.

While an Australian launch for the Z is yet to be officially locked in, the coupe is expected to rocket into showrooms within the next 12 months.

But in the meantime, you can read our coverage of the Z Proto’s telling reveal, including a detailed look at its exterior and interior, by clicking the above story links.