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A 400 Horsepower Return to Glory? Nissan Debuts the Twin-Turbo 2023 Z

Today, nearly a year after Nissan showed its “Z Proto,” and nearly 13 years after the outgoing 370Z debuted, Nissan has finally unveiled its highly anticipated new Z Car—officially known as the 2023 Nissan Z.

2023 Nissan Z Blue and Yellow

One glance at the car shows a form that’s nearly identical to the prototype version shown last year, with only the most minor differences in the production version.

2023 Nissan Z Blue Side View

Like the prototype, the 2023 Z has the unmistakeable Z profile, with a basic roofline and wheelbase similar to the 370Z but front and rear fascias inspired by classic Z models like the S30 240Z and the Z32 300ZX.

2023 Nissan Z Blue and Yellow

The 2023 Z Engine

In the year since the prototype was shown, the biggest question was what’s going to be under the hood of the next generation Z, and now we know. It's a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 that makes 400hp and 350 pound feet of torque, and it will be standard in all Zs.

2023 Nissan Z Twin Turbo V6 Engine

Just as important, the twin turbo V6 will be available with a six-speed manual transmission, something that’s increasingly rare today even in dedicated sports cars. A new, nine-speed automatic will also be available.

Interior

2023 Nissan Z Interior

The interior is a drastic departure from the plasticky confines of the outgoing Z, featuring both an all-digital instrument display and analog gauges on the dash as a classic Z Car nod.

2032 Nissan Z Interior

2023 Z Sport, Performance and Proto Spec

For launch there will be three different grades of the 2023 Z, Sport, Performance and a "Proto Spec" inspired by last year's prototype and limited to just 240 examples. 

2023 Nissan Z Proto Spec Yellow

2023 Nissan Z Pricing

One of the biggest questions about the next generation Z has been its price, and for now Nissan is being quiet about that. 

2023 Nissan Z Rear View

Pricing will be an important, because the new Z will enter a crowded market that includes cars like the Toyota Supra, the the less powerful Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ as well as domestic competitors like the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro.

2023 Nissan Front Profile

The original 240Z was known for being a performance bargain and during the course of its life the Z bounced around between price ranges—but the potential of 400 horsepower, a manual trans and a lot of heritage could make for lots of interest.

2023 Nissan Z in Motion

And most of all we are just happy that there’s a new Z at all. Just a couple years ago the ability of Nissan to bring a new sports car to the market seemed questionable, and the 2023 Z could be a welcome return to glory for the popular Japanese brand.

Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2022.

  • Now if we could just get Nissan to revive the idea of its IDx Concept from 2013...
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