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The Nissan Z is back and will likely be the last traditional petrol engine car Nissan will release before electric becomes the new norm.

The new Nissan Z is set to replace the 370Z in the brand’s showrooms next year. The Z has been called the spiritual successor to the turbocharged Nissan GT-R and 200SX.

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Under the bonnet you’ll find a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 with 298kW and 475Nm. This engine replaces the 3.7-litre V6 found in other models that produces 245kW and 363Nm.

The car will have the option of either a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission or a nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

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A performance pack for the new model adds a mechanical limited-slip differential, bigger brakes with red calipers and firmer suspension. It also trades 18-inch wheels for lightweight 19-inch rims with better rubber. Heated leather seats with electric adjustment are also reserved for the higher grade.

The Nissan Z is expected to cost around $70,000.