Here Comes the All-New 2023 Nissan Z!
2023 Nissan Z Overview
“When we first introduced it in 1969, the Z was a revolution,” said Nissan Motor Company’s chief operating officer, Ashwani Gupta. “For more than 50 years, the Z has existed at the crossroads of aspiration and attainability, dreams and reality.”
Nissan held the world launch at Duggall Greenhouse on the Brooklyn waterfront, another nod to history. The first Datsun 240Z has launched five miles away, in New York City, in 1969.
The estimated price of $40,000 is roughly what the average new car costs in 2022, and it is effectively unchanged from the 2003 350Z, adjusted for inflation.
With 287 horsepower, the 2003 Nissan 350Z was a performance bargain for the era that resurrected the car’s desirability.
Nissan designers had a 50-year legacy to work with when designing the new Nissan Z.
They made the most of it by incorporating elements from several of the company’s iconic vehicles.
For example, the “Z bulge” on the hood, the headlights that evoke the 1970s-era 240ZG, and the retro Z logo are located exactly as it was in the original S30 Z. All references Z-car design.
Inside, every 2023 Nissan Z represents a significant improvement over its predecessor.
While 2020 370Z’s guts were still straight out of the early Obama years, the all-new car boasts tech that feels very much of the modern era without abandoning the old version’s style.
A 12.3-inch digital instrument panel is standard, but analogue gauge pods for boost, turbo speed, and voltage remain.
The seats, cloth in the Sport, and heated leather in the Performance were inspired by the GT-R.
In addition, sports models receive an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a six-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
In contrast, Performance models receive a 9.0-inch screen with an eight-speaker Bose stereo, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
Manual transmission vehicles get a 6-speed, close-ratio gearbox with Nissan SynchroRev Match, which replaces rev-match heel-and-toe throttle blipping when downshifting to match engine and drivetrain revolutions.
The nine-speed automatic has aluminium paddle shifters on the Z Sport, while the paddle shifters on the Performance are designed after the Nissan GTR.
Nissan does not publish acceleration figures. However, we believe it will take less than four seconds to accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour, and it could even be as little as 3.5 seconds.
It has the same VR30DDTT 400-horsepower V6 engine as the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 four-door sport sedans, which can accelerate to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds.
Brakes & Suspension
The $40K Z Sport features aluminium-alloy wheels with Yokohama ADVAN Sport 245/45R18 high-performance wheels and tires on the front and rear and black woven seat cloth with faux-suede inserts.
In addition, the Performance trim line adds a sport-tuned suspension, clutch-type limited-slip differential, 19-inch RAYS lightweight forged-alloy wheels with 255/40R19 front / 275/3519 rear Bridgestone Potenza S007 performance tires, larger brakes, power-adjustable heated seats, leather-appointed seating surfaces with synthetic suede inserts, and a Homelink garage controller.
Nissan had not announced pricing for the new car as of press time.
(In an interview, the company’s COO stated that he expected it to start around $40,000.
Still, with the 2023 Z not expected to hit showrooms until spring of 2022, Nissan has plenty of time to iron out the kinks, and hopefully, it’ll start near the outgoing model’s $30,090 starting price.