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spencello

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Hey guys, not really an introduction guy, but why not. I've been a long time lurker of the Z forums/pages, laying low after playing "adult" and not owning anything fun for about 8 years now. I'm the Sales Manager at PRL Motorsports and help oversee production, so I've been fortunate enough to be able to play with R35s, 240s, Subarus, 8th, 9th, 10th Gen Civics Type-Rs and quite a few other platforms over the years. Normally I've been a 90s shitbox connoisseur, mainly Honda, but the Z35 grabbed my attention. Originally I was planning out the new CT-R, buy I'm kind of over the FWD/Honda thing. I have quite a few things in mind for this car, as do a few coworkers. Hopefully we'll see some PRL brand products soon as well!
 
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Hey guys, not really an introduction guy, but why not. I've been a long time lurker of the Z forums/pages, laying low after playing "adult" and not owning anything fun for about 8 years now. I'm the Sales Manager at PRL Motorsports and help oversee production, so I've been fortunate enough to be able to play with R35s, 240s, Subarus, 8th, 9th, 10th Gen Civics Type-Rs and quite a few other platforms over the years. Normally I've been a 90s shitbox connoisseur, mainly Honda, but the Z35 grabbed my attention. Originally I was planning out the new CT-R, buy I'm kind of over the FWD/Honda thing. I have quite a few things in mind for this car, as do a few coworkers. Hopefully we'll see some PRL brand products soon as well!
Always nice to see a new contributor
Sounds like you may have some contacts In the biz?
Can I ask what’s your feeling re release date, and what’s the usual time line from when you see cars in camo test driving, and production?
 

spencello

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PRL Motorsports Sales Manager
Always nice to see a new contributor
Sounds like you may have some contacts In the biz?
Can I ask what’s your feeling re release date, and what’s the usual time line from when you see cars in camo test driving, and production?
I'm happy to join and be part of the community!

Unfortunately I do not have any great contacts or access to information of interest on these, at least yet. It seems like it's extremely difficult to get any reliable information from dealerships or sales associates regardless of platform, unless the individuals are enthusiasts themselves. I've tried calling around and poking for information as much as possible, but nobody seems to have any clue (or care). I/we had the same struggles when the FK8 CT-R and 10th Gen Si were released in 2017. Now aftermarket products and supply chain information, that's what I mainly work with.

If I were to guess, Nissan purposely dropped some tactful teasers and information as a "leak" for third party, organic hype. However, they were also careful enough to withhold critical information, which is most likely why dealers and enthusiasts are left in the dark until ready. I have seen this approach quite a few times in various markets, and is something I/we have done with some of our products in the past. The careful use of "ballpark" pricing, power figures, options, etc, keep the community's attention without being dishonest if leaked specs differ a bit from production versions. The current supply chain is most likely a struggle, between microchips, precious metals and virtually any component possible, there are most likely some back-order or delays in place and inflation/price gouging involved along the way as well. Our company has been fortunate enough to operate without any notable delays in the supply chain throughout the COVID debacle. Over the past few weeks, though, we are now seeing delays of 1, 2, 3 or even 6 weeks on raw aluminum bar stock for our in-house machined billet components for the first time EVER. These are all from state-side suppliers that typically deliver next day, so this is huge, especially when part of another assembly and additional steps such as anodizing or powdercoating are involved (which are all delayed days/weeks as well).

It's a bit hard to say - With Nissans (late IMO) end to the 370Z (which I believe was delayed due to slower sales figures) and disguised sightings of test vehicles, I would imagine that we are 4-6 months from delivery to Dealerships. 11th Gen Honda sightings were happening around March of 2021 and are currently shipping to Dealerships, rumored to go on sale mid-June. This has seemed to be the case for Honda and other manufacturers. It seems like the yellow prototype Nissan keeps purposely showcasing is production ready on the shell for the most part. Sure, things might need ironed out throughout the prototype, but I think we can expect to see near-production ready interior and exterior.

With the base Infiniti Q50 starting at $36,700, I see no reason that the base Z won't fall between $35-40k with a "borrowed" engine, drivetrain and chassis components. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Historically Nissan has always borrowed components, (the R33 and R35 have always been the best of the best), which is great for us the end consumer. I also don't predict any crazy markup either for these.
 

IsotopicZ

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Hello everyone! I just found out about this forum while hunting for news on the the new Z. I, like many others, have been following it for awhile now. I have always loved the old 240 and 280z cars and even got a 2003 350Z for a track car (I had to sell it when I moved, but man what a great car). I had a swapped Subaru Impreza for years, then went to a lightly modified Focus ST. When I saw pictures, then video of the Z proto, I was sold. I cannot wait to get one of these for my next fun car! I look forward to all the wealth of knowledge on the forum!
 

IsotopicZ

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Hi I'm Tony. I'm more of a SX/Silvia fan, but since Nissan will never release another one I guess the Z35 will have to do. :p
I am just happy they are releasing a manual transmission sports car. Everyone else has gone to CUVs and SUVs... ugh.
 

IMPUL

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Hey guys, not really an introduction guy, but why not. I've been a long time lurker of the Z forums/pages, laying low after playing "adult" and not owning anything fun for about 8 years now. I'm the Sales Manager at PRL Motorsports and help oversee production, so I've been fortunate enough to be able to play with R35s, 240s, Subarus, 8th, 9th, 10th Gen Civics Type-Rs and quite a few other platforms over the years. Normally I've been a 90s shitbox connoisseur, mainly Honda, but the Z35 grabbed my attention. Originally I was planning out the new CT-R, buy I'm kind of over the FWD/Honda thing. I have quite a few things in mind for this car, as do a few coworkers. Hopefully we'll see some PRL brand products soon as well!
Yesssirr relateable.
 

IMPUL

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Matt
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Liuna Local 183
I'm happy to join and be part of the community!

Unfortunately I do not have any great contacts or access to information of interest on these, at least yet. It seems like it's extremely difficult to get any reliable information from dealerships or sales associates regardless of platform, unless the individuals are enthusiasts themselves. I've tried calling around and poking for information as much as possible, but nobody seems to have any clue (or care). I/we had the same struggles when the FK8 CT-R and 10th Gen Si were released in 2017. Now aftermarket products and supply chain information, that's what I mainly work with.

If I were to guess, Nissan purposely dropped some tactful teasers and information as a "leak" for third party, organic hype. However, they were also careful enough to withhold critical information, which is most likely why dealers and enthusiasts are left in the dark until ready. I have seen this approach quite a few times in various markets, and is something I/we have done with some of our products in the past. The careful use of "ballpark" pricing, power figures, options, etc, keep the community's attention without being dishonest if leaked specs differ a bit from production versions. The current supply chain is most likely a struggle, between microchips, precious metals and virtually any component possible, there are most likely some back-order or delays in place and inflation/price gouging involved along the way as well. Our company has been fortunate enough to operate without any notable delays in the supply chain throughout the COVID debacle. Over the past few weeks, though, we are now seeing delays of 1, 2, 3 or even 6 weeks on raw aluminum bar stock for our in-house machined billet components for the first time EVER. These are all from state-side suppliers that typically deliver next day, so this is huge, especially when part of another assembly and additional steps such as anodizing or powdercoating are involved (which are all delayed days/weeks as well).

It's a bit hard to say - With Nissans (late IMO) end to the 370Z (which I believe was delayed due to slower sales figures) and disguised sightings of test vehicles, I would imagine that we are 4-6 months from delivery to Dealerships. 11th Gen Honda sightings were happening around March of 2021 and are currently shipping to Dealerships, rumored to go on sale mid-June. This has seemed to be the case for Honda and other manufacturers. It seems like the yellow prototype Nissan keeps purposely showcasing is production ready on the shell for the most part. Sure, things might need ironed out throughout the prototype, but I think we can expect to see near-production ready interior and exterior.

With the base Infiniti Q50 starting at $36,700, I see no reason that the base Z won't fall between $35-40k with a "borrowed" engine, drivetrain and chassis components. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Historically Nissan has always borrowed components, (the R33 and R35 have always been the best of the best), which is great for us the end consumer. I also don't predict any crazy markup either for these.
Why do I feel I know you?
DM me please.
 

abm89

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Hello,

I'm from the 370Z forum and primarily just looking to see what comes of the new chassis. I'm not an initial fan of the base car, but I feel like it has some aftermarket potential (my only major beef is with the exterior design, which can be fixed with body kits). The speculated price point is super competitive compared to the Supra, so I'm just watching this space.

I'm definitely not a serious buyer right now as I really don't want to give up my Z34, even if it is slow.
 
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