New Nissan Z Not Using Adaptive Steering, Goal Is A ‘Connected’ Feel
The new Nissan Z is fast becoming an accessible sports car with a pure, driver-centric experience behind the wheel. This apparently includes not using the direct drive-by-wire adaptive steering system available on certain Nissan and Infiniti vehicles, according to a report by Automotive.
The new Z uses a modified version of the platform under vehicles like the Q60, but Nissan is adjusting the new model to be more appealing to the person behind the wheel. “Z is not about being the fastest. Of course, it has to be a fast car, because it’s a sports car, but reality [of Z] concerns the [driving] experience – that makes sure you’re mixed and connected with the car, ”said Ivan Espinosa, senior vice president of global product planning at Nissan, Automotive.
The adaptive direct steering system is a feature generally hated on performance-oriented vehicles from Infiniti. In his review of the 2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400, Motor1.com’s Jeff Perez described the technology as follows: “The DAS is light and lifeless, and provides no feedback from the road. This is especially noticeable at higher speeds, where the vehicle wanders aimlessly in the lane with a completely centered feel. ”
Nissan appears to be targeting the new Z squarely in the North American market after deciding that there is no viable market for the sports car in Europe. Also, it would in theory be in direct competition with the Alliance Alpine A110, assuming the vehicle remains.
While the six-speed manual would be the likely choice for buyers looking to have a traditionally “pure” driving experience, an automatic is also on the options list. There are also already rumors of a hotter version of Nismo and a convertible.
When it arrives, we know the new Z contains a twin-turbo V6. Speculation suggests that it could be the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400’s 400-horsepower engine.