Nissan is cooking a storm at the 2021 SEMA show. The Japanese automaker will unveil three new vehicles, including the limited-edition Nissan Z Proto Spec and a pair of rugged intercity vehicles. Nissan is also showcasing a Datsun 240Z classic car owned by famous actor and car enthusiast Sung-Ho Kang, better known as Han Lue from the Fast & Furious film franchise.
The all-new 2023 Nissan Z is a modern take on the original 240Z sports car. Nissan’s newest Z-car will hit the market in the spring of 2022 in the Sport and Performance versions and has a 3.0-liter V6 with twin turbocharging and 400 hp, more than enough to be comparable to competitors like the Toyota GR Threatening Supra and Porsche Cayman.
In addition, it has a six-speed manual transmission as standard, which is equipped with an Exedy high-performance clutch. If you hate the thought of rowing, the Z’s optional nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters will satisfy your whims. Nissan is showing the Z Proto Spec Edition at this year’s SEMA. The Proto Spec is essentially a concept version of the production car Z and is limited to 240 units for US buyers.
In the meantime, the 1971 Datsun 240Z from Sung-Ho Kang in the livery of the East African Safari Rally also graces the stage at the Nissan stand in the West Hall at SEMA. The car, affectionately known as DocZ, has an improved 2.8-liter L24 six-cylinder in-line engine with a custom head, triple Weber carburettors and a tailor-made exhaust system. It also has a new suspension system, updated brakes, and 16-inch Nanakorobi Yaoki wheels that pay homage to the original Kobe Seiko-style wheels in a standard Z432.
Nissan will also showcase its two Project Overland rigs, based on a Pathfinder SUV and the all-new Frontier pickup. The Project Overland Pathfinder carries real NISMO off-road parts like a two-inch lift kit, bespoke 18-inch NISMO off-road wheels, Bilstein mono-tube shock absorbers, and an off-road expedition roof rack, to name but a few to name.
Similarly, Project Overland Frontier offers bespoke NISMO off-road shock absorbers with reservoirs removed, new NISMO rear leaf springs, a two-inch higher kit with SPC front wishbones and sealed flex joints, 17-inch NISMO Axis wheels, and an Overland bed frame with a roof tent. Other extras include an ARB double air compressor, a TruckVault all-weather bed drawer system and off-road lighting.
Nissan will also present the four-seater drift car “Altimaniac” based on a standard Nissan Altima. It was built by three-time Formula Drift World Champion Chris Forsberg and has the same VR38 biturbo V6 engine as the all-conquering Nissan GT-R supercar. Still, the folks at T1 Race Development were able to get the engine to pump a mind-boggling 2,000 horsepower, around 1,000 horses more than the production engine. And unlike other drift cars, the Altimaniac has four Recaro carbon fiber seats with full double halo roll cages for maximum safety.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) 2021 trade fair will take place from November 2nd to 5th, 2021. “In addition to the exciting 2023 Z and the honor of presenting Sung Kang’s latest project ride, 2021 will be an unforgettable show,” concludes Mike Soutter, Vice President, Nissan Aftersales Americas.
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