2023 Nissan Z
It has gone by many letter and number combinations over the years, but everyone knows it as Nissan’s Z car. Thus, with the launch the 7th generation of this iconic sports car, it’s now just Z, the 2023 Nissan Z.
We’ve been seeing prototypes and show cars for years now, but the new Z is finally here, packing the familiar 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that outputs 400-horsepower and 350 lb-ft. of torque.
Nissan of course takes great pride in the Z’s driving experience, equipping 6-speed manual cars with an EXEDY high-performance clutch and carbon fiber driveshaft. The available 9-speed automatic comes with launch control, and if it’s anything like the GT-R’s it promises to be a thrill-ride worth taking.
Cornering capabilities have been enhanced with a stiffer structure, wider tires, larger front and rear dampers, and all-new suspension geometry.
The look has more in common with last gen’s 370Z, but attempts to pay tribute to the original 240 with the half circle LED headlights and continuous roof-line that flows from the roof to a more squared-off rear.
Inside, it’s modern tech with a vintage touch; meaning all the connectivity today’s buyer’s need, with a look and feel that harkens back through all previous 6 generations of Z.
Greg Carloss: "Given the sport coupe’s long history, I’d say Nissan has earned the right to simply call it the 'Z'. They nailed the styling. It’s instantly recognizable as a Z car without being entirely derivative. And remember, even though we waited a long time for it, we waited longer for the Supra and Toyota had to team up with BMW to get that to market. So you gotta give Nissan a lot of credit on this one."
The 2023 Nissan Z is scheduled to arrive here next spring.
We’ll have plenty more details before then, right here on MotorWeek!
Engine: 3.0L Twin-Turbo V6
Torque: 350 lb-ft
On Sale: Spring 2022