The Nissan Z price was revealed ahead of launch in July

One of the most popular sports cars will soon make a triumphant return to Australia, although some fans may hesitate for the price.

Nissan will soon be back in the future when it launches a new version of its famous Z sports car.

The much-needed successor to the 370Z, now simply called the Z, will arrive mid-year priced at $ 73,300 plus road costs. This is a huge leap over the previous car, which started at $ 50,490 more on the road.

Early adopters will be asked to pay even more for a special edition “Proto Spec” version that has a special two-tone yellow and black paint job, bespoke interior and 19-inch bronze forged alloy wheels with yellow brake calipers. Available in limited numbers, the “Proto Spec” version will cost $ 80,700.

To compensate for the price increase, the new Z offers a large increase in power, a more modern interior and the safety technology missing on its dated predecessor.

A modern 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 replaces the old-school 3.7-liter V6. The power goes from 245 kW to 298 kW, while the torque goes from 363 Nm to 475 Nm.

The engine, featured in the discontinued Infiniti Q60, should transform the driving experience, as maximum torque reaches 1600 rpm, compared to the old engine’s 5200 rpm.

Nissan has not cited a 0-100km / h for the 370Z and only says the new car will reduce the 0-100km / h time by 15 percent, but is expected to stop the clock at less than 5 seconds flat. Launch control is standard on the car.

The styling of the new seventh generation Z pays homage to previous versions of the car. The headlight design pays homage to the original 1969 240Z, while the taillights are reminiscent of the 300ZX coupe sold in the 1990s.

The new cabin is light years away from the dated interior of the 370Z, launched here in 2009 and was more or less a major upgrade to the previous 350Z launched in 2003.

Sports seats with leather accents are complemented by a 12.3-inch digital driver display with different configurations, while an 8-inch center screen can mirror the display on both Apple and Android phones.

Also included are modern safety features such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic warning.

More importantly for sports car enthusiasts, the new Z will maintain a close-ratio six-speed car, paired with a high-performance clutch connected to the rear wheels by a carbon-fiber composite driveshaft.

An optional nine-speed car is equipped with shift levers and two shift modes – standard and sport.

Nissan CEO Adam Paterson says the new model will be “the fastest, most powerful and most exciting Z car ever”.

Originally published as Nissan Z pricing was announced ahead of its mid-year launch