The new Z hasn't even arrived in showrooms and it's already beating the competition.
The all-new Nissan Z is arguably the most anticipated Japanese sports car to be launched to the global market this year. Fans across the globe can't seem to wait to get in the driver's seat and experience that twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 and six-speed manual gearbox.
Before it even hits the road, though it looks like a late prototype unit is already gathering up some street cred against its rivals. The short video seen here shows the driver and cameraman behind the wheel of a (presumably non-stock) 2017 Subaru WRX STI taking on the lightly wrapped Nissan Z. After a three-horn signal, the Scooby looks to get a good start but the modern Japanese sports car promptly accelerates down the road with an increasing gap.
Unfortunately, we don't have official performance figures on either of the cars featured in this video so it's hard for us to contextualize the informal match-up. We already know the upcoming Nissan Z will boast 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque from its 3.0-liter V6.
It won't just be a straight-line king though, according to Nissan's production claims. Fitted as standard will be an intuitive launch control system, but the top-spec Performance derivative also gets a mechanical limited-slip differential to aid cornering capability.
The big question on everyone's mind is when consumers will get access to the highly anticipated sports car. Unfortunately, no official launch date has been set as of yet but rumors suggest that the car will be priced at $40,000 with order books opening sometime this month.
The Nissan Z may find more natural competitors in the likes of the Porsche 718 Cayman and the Toyota GR Supra, but it's great to finally see it in action in the real world against other performance cars like the WRX STI. Time will tell if it can hold its own on a race track or on the sales charts, but it seems like Nissan engineers are at least happy to give passersby a show to enjoy until then.