With the official debut of the all-new Nissan Z, the excited community has welcomed a new contender in the achievable sports car segment. To baptize the new car, people were in I emigrated He wanted to see how the new Z stacks up against some of its more recent competition. Fortunately for all of us, that means we have a few drag races to watch.
In order to test the new Z’s position in the sports car hierarchy, I emigrated Jason Cammisa invited a few of the car’s competitors to a runway. Those opponents include the new Mustang Mach 1 and Toyota GR Supra, all three of which feature their own automatic gearbox. This is likely due to the fact that the Supra is still not available with a manual gearbox at the moment. However, the decision to go with only small drink cans helped keep the races as close as possible. The Mustang’s 480 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque makes it the most powerful ride of the bunch, though at 3,850 lb-ft, it’s also the heaviest. The Nissan is about 260 pounds heavier than the Toyota, at 3,610 pounds, but this twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter engine with 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque is enough to take the edge in this category. However, we know Toyota’s production ratings of 382 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque are a bit conservative.
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With the help of some video editing magic, we get to watch as the three coupe rolls down the runway in style. It looks like Toyota has jumped a bit over the V-8 muscle car, but that doesn’t stay the same for long. In fact, the two competitors managed to run an identical 3.8 seconds to 60 mph, before completing 1/4 mile in 12.1 seconds. The Mustang hit a slightly higher speed of 120 mph, compared to just 117 for the Supra. Nissan fell behind both competitors, clocking rounds of 4.0 seconds to 60 mph and 1/4 mile of 12.3 at 116 mph. The Z’s traction was limited from the start of the race, which Cammisa suggests may be a result of the car’s standard Bridgestone rubber. The other two cars come equipped with Michelin rubber.
The automatic Z might fall a little behind its class rivals, but that doesn’t mean it’s a slouch. However, do not view the manual variator as some form of externality. When Cammisa set two Zs against each other, things didn’t go well for the three-pedal car. The gear ratios on the automatic transmission alone ensure that there is about 10 percent of the torque supplied while passing. The automatic car looks better too, as the added gears allow the automaker to pass noise regulation more easily when compared to a conventional gearbox.
It might seem easy then to dismiss the Z’s hand-equipped receiver as a stop-off racer. But the speed on offer from the sports coupe is on par with something you’d never question: the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Well, a Vantage-equipped 4.7-liter V-8 from at least 2010. Even more shocking, the two cars are roughly the same size and weight, and produce similar levels of power and torque.
When Nissan pitted each other, it pulled a 0.1-second edge over the Aston by the 60-mph mark, crisscrossing it in just 4.3 seconds. The budget Bond phone is able to get that tenth back again, with it traveling through 1/4 mile in 12.7 seconds at 112 mph. Nissan did it in 12.8 seconds at an identical speed of 112 mph. Put some better tires in your Nissan and this race is sure to be different. That’s really true in all of these races, and it’s a big reason to be excited about the long-awaited arrival of the Z.
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