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New Nissan 400Z 2021 manual confirmed? Toyota Supra rival looks set to offer three-pedal option for purists

Nissan’s next Z car will be revealed in mid-September, and is expected to come with a manual gearbox option.

The countdown to the reveal of the next Nissan Z car marches on with another teaser video shown overnight, which strongly hints that a manual gearbox will be available on the new Japanese sports car.

The 30-second clip reveals very little else, opting to showcase historic Z cars such as the 300ZX, 240Z and 350Z on a racetrack, but ends with a tantalising image of a hand coming to rest on the shifter.

Why is this important? Well, it could signify the long-rumoured three-pedal version that would make the 400Z the only choice for those wanting a rear-drive Japanese sports coupe with a do-it-yourself shifter.

Toyota’s Supra, which is built alongside the BMW Z4, is only available with an eight-speed automatic transmission, though the brand has hinted at a manual gearbox in the past.

The 400Z is rumoured to be powered by a 3.0-litre ‘VR’ twin-turbo V6 as found in the now defunction Infiniti Q50/Q60 Red Sport models, in two states of tune – a 224kW/400Nm entry level and 298kW/475Nm flagship.

It could be possible that Nissan will match the less-potent engine with a six-speed manual gearbox, giving it enough firepower to go toe-to-toe with the three-pedal, 224kW/441Nm Ford Mustang EcoBoost.

The top-spec 298kW/475Nm version will likely be paired with a seven-speed automatic – as seen in the aforementioned Infiniti models – and would line-up against the 250kW/500Nm Toyota Supra.

Regardless of Nissan’s strategy, sports car fans won’t have long to wait before the reveal of the Z Proto, which is taking place September 16.