A decade after its predecessor, the Nissan 370Z, the Nissan 370Z successor has finally arrived on the scene.
Nissan gave us our first glimpse of the new Z Proto Concept in September of last year, which would eventually give birth to the final, production-spec Z sports car. The final version, on the other hand, was revealed today, and, interestingly, it appears to be virtually identical to the Concept model. And now that we have the final specifications, we can look forward to them.
The 2023 Nissan Z, as it will be known, will go on sale sometime next year (hence the MY23 designation), and will be available in two trim levels: Sport and Performance. While the entry-level Sport models will be equipped with 18-inch wheels, the higher-spec Performance models will be equipped with the larger 19-inch wheels of the Z Proto Concept, as well as a subtle rear spoiler. Items such as the retro LED lights, on the other hand, will be standard across the entire model lineup. Six of the nine exterior colour options will be offered as dual-tone options with a black roof, for a total of nine exterior colour options.
Inside, a driver-centric cockpit includes a 12.3-inch customisable racing-inspired instrument cluster, a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and sporty bucket seats, which will be leather-wrapped, similar to those found in the GT-R. In addition to an eight-speaker Bose audio system, this kit will be available on the Performance variants as standard equipment.
Nissan’s new 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine generates 400 horsepower and 475 Newton-meters of torque, which is sufficient for the Z’s high-performance requirements. The drive is sent exclusively to the rear wheels, either through a traditional six-speed manual transmission paired with an EXEDY high-performance clutch, or through a nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The Performance variants will also be equipped with a rev-matching mechanism, launch control, and aluminium paddle gear shifters that are inspired by the Nissan GT-R.
An additional limited edition (limited to only 240 units) is available, which features yellow-painted brake callipers and 19-inch RAYS wheels finished in Bronze, which are meant to evoke the styling of the Z Proto Concept.
The official pricing for the 2023 Nissan Z has not yet been announced, but Nissan claims that it will be in the neighbourhood of $40,000 (approximately Rs. 29.70 lakh).