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Nissan's 2023 Z drops the prefix but adds extra power

Nissan's 2023 Z drops the pref...
Nissan's 2023 Z is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 twin turbo
Nissan's 2023 Z is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 twin turbo
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The interior of the 2023 Nissan Z includes three interior accent color choices, including this blue
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The interior of the 2023 Nissan Z includes three interior accent color choices, including this blue
The all-new, seventh-generation 2023 Z, which drops its numerical prefix in the US for the first time, is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers in the US in spring 2022
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The all-new, seventh-generation 2023 Z, which drops its numerical prefix in the US for the first time, is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers in the US in spring 2022
The 2023 Z’s 3.0-liter V6 twin turbo engine adds a significant bump in power output over the previous generation 370Z
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The 2023 Z’s 3.0-liter V6 twin turbo engine adds a significant bump in power output over the previous generation 370Z
The engine is rated at 400 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque starting from 1,600 to 5,600 rpm
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The engine is rated at 400 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque starting from 1,600 to 5,600 rpm
“Simply put, our goal is to make this the best Z yet, period. With each generation, we raise the bar, pushing the limits of Z and continuing to tap into the human instinct for that next thrilling journey,” said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist of the new Z
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“Simply put, our goal is to make this the best Z yet, period. With each generation, we raise the bar, pushing the limits of Z and continuing to tap into the human instinct for that next thrilling journey,” said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist of the new Z
"One of the defining traits of Z has always been its bond between the car and the driver – a physical and visceral connection," says Nissan
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"One of the defining traits of Z has always been its bond between the car and the driver – a physical and visceral connection," says Nissan
The 2023 Nissan Z has a six-speed manual transmission as standard and a nine-speed automatic transmission as an option, both driving just the rear wheels
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The 2023 Nissan Z has a six-speed manual transmission as standard and a nine-speed automatic transmission as an option, both driving just the rear wheels
To achieve the marked increase in horsepower and torque for the new Nissan Z, and to deliver sharp response, small-diameter turbochargers were adopted, as well as a turbo speed sensor
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To achieve the marked increase in horsepower and torque for the new Nissan Z, and to deliver sharp response, small-diameter turbochargers were adopted, as well as a turbo speed sensor
Other improvements to the Z for this generation include enhanced body rigidity and wider front tires for an improved corner G maximum
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Other improvements to the Z for this generation include enhanced body rigidity and wider front tires for an improved corner G maximum
Distinctive rear tail lamps mark the new Nissan Z, their LEDs sitting just above the twin exhaust ports of the V6-powered car
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Distinctive rear tail lamps mark the new Nissan Z, their LEDs sitting just above the twin exhaust ports of the V6-powered car
“Z is the pure expression of thrill. It is Nissan’s passion wrapped up on four wheels,” said Ashwani Gupta, chief operating officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd
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“Z is the pure expression of thrill. It is Nissan’s passion wrapped up on four wheels,” said Ashwani Gupta, chief operating officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd
The silhouette of the new 2023 Nissan Z is very much like the beautiful Z Prototype seen at car shows and events for the past couple of years
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The silhouette of the new 2023 Nissan Z is very much like the beautiful Z Prototype seen at car shows and events for the past couple of years
A new 12.3-inch digital display act as the instrument cluster in the 2023 Nissan Z and, in performance mode (shown), the tachometer takes center stage with its 12 o'clock point marking the redline
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A new 12.3-inch digital display act as the instrument cluster in the 2023 Nissan Z and, in performance mode (shown), the tachometer takes center stage with its 12 o'clock point marking the redline
As with Z cars of generations past, the new Nissan Z will have "pop up" gauges available
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As with Z cars of generations past, the new Nissan Z will have "pop up" gauges available
The new Nissan Z (right) pays buckets of design homage to its predcessors
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The new Nissan Z (right) pays buckets of design homage to its predcessors
Clear impressions from the past are shown here as the new Z (blue) shows its design inspiration in the 300ZX to the right
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Clear impressions from the past are shown here as the new Z (blue) shows its design inspiration in the 300ZX to the right
The 2023 Nissan Z's exhaust ports are similar to those performance tips found on the GT-R and other
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The 2023 Nissan Z's exhaust ports are similar to those performance tips found on the GT-R
In the Nissan Z Performance, the larger infotainment, added gauges, and other details are clear
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In the Nissan Z Performance, the larger infotainment, added gauges, and other details are clear
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Nissan has unveiled the seventh generation of the Z car, which drops the numerical prefix in the US for the first time to be simply known as the “Z.” The Nissan Z packs a twin-turbo V6 providing an increase in power output, and will hit US showrooms in spring.

With the last-minute cancellation of the North American International Auto Show in New York, several automakers like Nissan had to scramble to find a new plan for their unveils. For Nissan, the solution was to hold a small, private event, and globally transmit it live online. Several Z car enthusiasts from around the US were brought to New York City with their favorite, personal Z cars, to see the new Z and give it their stamp of approval. That paved the way for the presentation of Nissan’s new sports coupe.

The new Z, which will be sold globally, rolled onto the stage in New York and it became immediately apparent that the Z Prototype we’d seen previously was very close to the production version of this car. The lines, silhouette, and rear portion of the car are nearly identical, and the door handles are recessed and made palm-shaped to meld with the rear portion of the door.

Proportionally, the new Z is very much like the current 370Z, but its design hallmarks are from the 240Z and 300Z that came before. The hatchback, in particular, is much more fastback in design compared to the current 370Z. The long-hooded, rear-powered, saloon appeal of the new Z is striking, with the unique half-circle headlamps inspired by the original 240ZG sold in Japan in the 1970s. It’s clear that the Sport (standard) model of the Z will have simpler lines and a less aggressive look, while the Performance model will have a more robust rear spoiler and flashier trim details.

Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that outputs 400 horsepower (298 kW) at 6,400 RPM and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) of torque starting at 1,600 RPM. With the 30 percent increase in torque from the 370Z, Nissan expects the new Nissan Z to have a 15 percent improvement in 0 to 60 mph (0-92 km/h) acceleration. Doing the math, since Nissan didn’t do it for us, that tells us the new Z does 0-60 in about 4.25 seconds.

The new Nissan Z (right) pays buckets of design homage to its predcessors
The new Nissan Z (right) pays buckets of design homage to its predcessors

Nissan’s focus for the new Z’s engine was on turbocharging. Small-diameter turbos and a calibrated turbo speed sensor allow turbocharging to run to maximum spooling speed quicker to balance power output, and electronic variable valve timing for the intake allows for a variety of driving scenarios for the Z, from fuel efficiency and quiet as a focus to high response and a powerful pace as another.

The new twin-turbo six has a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission and high-performance clutch as standard. A nine-speed automatic is optional and includes paddle shifting and launch control. Sticking with the manual means a carbon fiber composite drive shaft and launch assist control for smoother takeoffs. All Nissan Z models are rear-wheel driven.

Other improvements to the Z for this generation include enhanced body rigidity and wider front tires for an improved corner g maximum. Large diameter monotube shocks, electronic power steering, and a new geometry for the double wishbone aluminum suspension up front improves handling. A two-point front strut tower brace is standard, as is an independent, multi-link aluminum suspension at the rear.

Performance models will have sport braking added, as well as 19-inch Rays super lightweight forged aluminum-alloy wheels with Bridgestone Potenza S007 tires. Standard models have 18-inch wheels and Yokohama Advan Sport tires.

The interior of the 2023 Nissan Z includes three interior accent color choices, including this blue
The interior of the 2023 Nissan Z includes three interior accent color choices, including this blue

Nissan will offer the 2023 Z in three monotone colors: Black Diamond Metallic, Gun Metallic, and Rosewood Metallic. Optionally, six colors can be combined with a Super Black roof color for a two-tone exterior. Those colors include Brilliant Silver, Boulder Gray, Seiran Blue, Ikazuchi Yellow, Passion Red TriCoat, and Everest White Pearl TriCoat.

Inside, the 2023 Nissan Z has elements inspired by Super GT500 driver Tsugio Matsuda. A 12.3-inch customizable digital meter display replaces the traditional gauges behind the wheel. In sport driving, the Z’s center display has quick-read GT500 hallmarks like a center-point redline shift. A boost gauge and G meter can also be displayed. In regular driving, the screen features standard driver-centric information such as turn-by-turn navigation, radio settings, and so forth.

The standard Z has sport-grade black woven cloth seats and manual driver and passenger seat adjustments. The Performance model includes leather appointments and power seat adjustment. Most of Nissan’s convenience features such as Intelligent Key, push button start, Intelligent (adaptive) Cruise Control, and other items are standard. An 8-inch touchscreen for infotainment is in the Sport model, while the Z Performance upgrades to a 9-inch screen and adds NissanConnect Services, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and Bose Audio upgrade. The new Z car will have an option for black, red, and blue as interior colors.

A limited edition Z Proto Spec, limited to 240 units in the US, will feature yellow-colored brake calipers with the Z logo, bronze-colored 19-inch wheels, an exclusive shift lever, and exclusive leather seating appointments and accents.

Nissan has promised more performance, pricing, and other specifications closer to the 2023 Z’s launch, which for the US will be in the second quarter of 2022.

The video below shows the unveiling of the Nissan Z.

All-New Nissan Z Premiere

Source: Nissan

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10 comments
10 comments
michael_dowling
I am not buying another ICEV from ANY maker. My next car will be a Bolt EV.
guzmanchinky
This is a very cool car, and much better looking than the Supra. The question is, do people really care that much about sports cars anymore? It feels like most teens don't even care about driving anymore, and older drivers (like me) are more interested in more comfy "sporty" cars like a Tesla S...
clay
Long live ICE engines! I look forward to Carbon Neutral Chemical Power! Hydrogen, renewable methane, etc...

Hopefully this will put a fire under Mazda's feet.. to resurrect the RX
PB
Great design. Five speed manual is amazing and is reminiscent of the for forward gears sold in Australia in the 240Z.
I worry about the maintenance of the turbo system since that is usually a pain.
It will be an enthusiasts car - a winner.
McDesign
Unfortunately, the new one just looks like an inflated version of the original. Like a 55-year-old movie star compared to their 20-year-old self!
akarp
I am quite happy that people are over-hyping EVs. EVs are great for commuting and daily transportation, but ICE is still much more enjoyable for driving. Like everything in this world, there are tradeoffs and nothing is the best at everything.
Bill S.
I wonder if they’re going to make an SUV version of this car?
jayedwin98020
What a great looking cockpit!

Love the pop-up gauges!
Nelson Hyde Chick
akarp, I am guessing you have never driven an electric vehicle because if you had you would know how great the instant torque and would not written such a foolish thing. For instance, there is no ICE car that will beat a Tesla to the next light.
WB
how anyone still can introduce ICE vehicles is beyond me. The Dinosaurs not realizing the meteorite coming in.