Finely Tuned for North America's Enthusiasts: All-new Nissan Z
Speed, precision, safety – developing a world-class sports car requires meticulous planning and countless hours of testing to ensure a thrilling driving experience. The car also has to perform over long drives while keeping its occupants safe. Defining the driving character of a new sports car is therefore a monumental task. It's usually undertaken by dozens of engineers and test drivers on different roads and tracks all over the world.
As one of the most popular and long-running Japan-developed sports cars in history, people from around the globe have strong opinions on how the new Nissan Z should drive. The marketability team at Nissan's Arizona Testing Center (ATC) helped to ensure that the all-new Nissan Z lives up to the high expectations of the model's fans in the North American driving environment. According to Performance Development Senior Manager Christian Spencer, local customer expectations played a key role in helping them define how the car would feel in the hands of drivers in the market.
Speaking of Nissan's global approach to vehicle development, Spencer said: "We looked to the customer to help focus our development and tuning decisions. A ride in the all-new Z needed to be heritage inspired, iconic and fun, but also comfortable. Acceleration and handling were top priorities, which we precisely tailored to pair with an improved ride quality and enhanced quietness in the cabin. This is a complete Z package that brings joy no matter how you drive it."