The current-generation Z car debuted way back in 2009. Though it’s had a few powertrain and design updates since its 2019 debut, the Z has remained mostly the same. After a seemingly endless wait, Nissan has finally revealed the seventh-generation Z car. This time around, it’s simply named the 2023 Nissan Z – no numerical suffix. Here’s what to expect when it arrives.
The 2023 Nissan Z will debut an all-new, retro-inspired teardrop look that combines design cues from several generations of the legendary Z. It’ll boast a long hood and low rear stance, giving it a commanding presence on the road. Adding to its great looks is LED lighting all around. With weight being a focal point of the newest Z, Nissan will include aluminum doors, hood, and hatchback.
Inside, the 2023 Nissan Z will be tightly packed, as any true sports car should be, giving its two occupants a secure, glove-like fit. The dash will be relatively simple, save for its 240Z-inspired triple gauge set in the middle and large 8- or 9-inch infotainment touchscreen with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Breaking up its relatively retro setup will be a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster with customizable gauges and designs.
Under its hood, the 2023 Nissan Z will feature a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 – the same engine as the INFINITI Q60 Red Sport 400 – that packs 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. This power treks through a standard six-speed manual – yes, a manual! – transmission and out to the rear wheels via a carbon-fiber composite driveshaft. Buyers can opt for a paddle-shifted nine-speed automatic transmission with launch control in place of the manual.
There is no official 0-60 time, but Nissan claims a 15% improvement in its 0-60 time compared to the current model. With the 2020 370Z NISMO cresting 60 mph in about five seconds, this would put the new Z’s 0-60 time at about 4.25 seconds.
Though it’s a sports car, Nissan won’t hold back on safety gear. The 2023 Nissan Z will come standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beam headlights, and forward-collision warning. We doubt the IIHS will test the new Z but stay tuned for potential updates on the official crash-test scores.
Pricing & Release Date
There is no official on-sale date yet for the 2023 Nissan Z, but the automaker expects it in showrooms in the spring of 2022.
Pricing is also unconfirmed, but we expect it to start just north of $40,000 to match its Supra rival.
Pictured: 2023 Nissan Z