2023 Nissan Z: 400 Horsepower, Twin Turbos, Two Seats, $40K
Nissan Tuesday launched the seventh-generation Z-Car with a simplified lineup of two models and a streamlined name, Nissan Z. The car will have a 400-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine, an estimated zero-to-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds and a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission. It will ship in spring 2022 as a 2023 model, with the Toyota Supra as its primary competitor.
Nissan is keeping the lineup and options list simple, mindful that yearly sales haven’t hit 10,000 units in a decade, a far cry from the last century when in the best years annual sales came close to the 100,000 unit mark. The 2023 entry model is the Z Sport, the upgrade model is the Z Performance. There also will be a one-time, launch edition run of 240 units (as in 240Z, the very first 1970 then-Datsun Z-Car) called the Nissan Z Proto Spec.
The options are effectively the two trim lines, paint colors and the choice of manual versus automatic transmission.
“This car, being a little bit 240, is a metaphor for a company that was looking to find itself again,” said Albaisa.
An entire specification list has been released by Nissan, giving us great insight into what we can expect to see in the car that is coming next Spring.
The two-seat rear-wheel-drive sports car is powered by a 400-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine. A six-speed manual transmission will come standard, but a nine-speed automatic transmission will be offered as an option as well.
There is an 8-inch touchscreen in the dashboard, but there are also three old-fashioned analog gauges with needles showing turbo speed, turbo pressure and electrical system voltage.
The original Datsun 240Z, is widely credited with changing Americans’ perceptions of Japanese cars. There had been Japanese sports cars before, including ones from Nissan, but the 240Z was different. It was relatively affordable, unlike Toyota’s beautiful but expensive 2000GT, while it offered compelling performance for its time.
The Datsun 240Z was a version of the Nissan Fairlady Z coupe, as the model was called in Japan, but it was engineered especially for the US market. Two important changes were made for the American version. First, the American Z got a larger, more powerful engine and the Fairlady name was dropped in favor of a number. The Fairlady name continues to be used in Japan.
The new Z will go on sale in the spring of 2022. Pricing for the car will be announced closer to when it goes on sale. Prices for the current model, the 370Z, start at around $31,000.