At this point, everyone should be aware that there’s a new Nissan Z. The RZ34 Z is a seventh-generation model of the sports coupe, although the automaker has acknowledged before that it shares parts with its predecessor. These parts include an FM platform to minimize costs and keep the car relatively affordable.
The new Nissan Z also shares parts with other cars from the automaker’s portfolio. We’re talking about Nissan’s factory VR30DDTT V6, which the RZ34 shares with the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400. However, there are substantial differences between the two, which you’ll find in this wonky drag race, courtesy of Sam CarLegion.
As mentioned, both cars share the same twin-turbo V6, which produces the same output at 400 horsepower (299 kilowatts) and 350 pound-feet (475 Newton-meters) of torque. However, the Nissan Z uses a different transmission – in this case the 9-speed JATCO automatic transmission which is also used on the Nissan Frontier.
Meanwhile, the Infiniti Q60 RS uses a 7-speed automatic transmission to channel all that power to the wheels. Speaking of power transfer, the Q60 RS used in drag racing has one glaring advantage over the Nissan Z – it is driven by all four wheels, which should be an advantage when racing from digs. Weight, on the other hand, favors the Z-car.
That said, you might immediately think the Q60 has the edge when it comes to traction, but there are other factors to consider. The cars met on this phone aren’t completely stock, with tweaks not specified in the video.
Do you think the new Nissan Z car stands a chance against the all-paw Infiniti Q60 Red Sport? would it be any different coming from a rolling start considering they have different gearboxes?
The video at the top of this page tells the rest of the story. As always, let us know what you think in the comments section below.