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Nissan 400Z less than 12 months away: New twin-turbocharged screamer to get 224kW little brother - reports

Nissan's reborn 'Z' is edging closer to launch. (image credit: Spyder7.com)

Nissan's new performance icon will be revealed to the world in May next year, with the thumping 400Z now readying for launch, according to Japanese reports. 

And while the clock is now ticking on the debut, more juicy details are beginning to emerge, including just how much power the new performance car will produce.

We also already know what the 400Z should look like, with Nissan thought to be pursuing a retro design theme for its latest Z car, imagined here by Spyder7.com.

But the big news is the engine, with the latest Z to take advantage of Nissan's twin-turbocharged V6 engine, also used in Japan-market Skyline and Infiniti RedSport product.

In its angriest guise, that engine should produce a whopping 298kW and 475Nm, which is heaps. But in great news for budget-conscious shoppers, Nissan is also reportedly readying a lower-power, and cheaper, version that should make around 224kW. Both engine options should pair with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, with a rev-matching six-speed manual also on the cards. 

It appears the new vehicles is a lock for Australia, too, with Nissan here trademarking the 'Z' name here in preparation for its arrival. The trademark claim was submitted in March this year, suggesting Nissan is readying to launch the new performance car Down Under.

So the countdown to Nissan's perfromance revolution has begun.