2023 Nissan Z Review in USA
This is the perfect time for Nissan to redesign its ageing Z Coupe and also because it is clearly out of date. Historically, Nissan’s sports cars have had an alphanumeric name. Such as the outgoing 370Z model and the original 240Z from 1969, but this generation would simply be called the Z.
The 2023 Nissan Z is powered by a 400 hp twin-turbocharged V6 engine driving the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic, and we’re impressed with the Z’s spry handling and zippy acceleration. We’re glad to note that it’s more refined than the car it replaces. The Nissan Z also receives a technology update with new touchscreen infotainment, a reconfigurable digital gauge display and a host of new driver assistance features.
The previous generation 370Z went up in price and performance against more affordable sports cars like the Mazda MX 5 Miata and Toyota 86, and it moved a bit up market to keep the next generation Supra in its crosshairs.
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2023 Nissan Z Price in USA
The price of a 2023 Nissan Z starts from $39,990 in the USA. That’s the highest base price ever among affordable sports cars and nearly all class rivals retail between $25,000 and $30,000. The Z’s price range is around $50,000 which is in line with the higher trims of some of the other cars in the segment.
Nissan Z Engine & Performance
Like the Nissan GT-R and the Z is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6. But instead of the fire-breathing 565hp 3.8L under the GT-R’s hood, the Z gets the 400.hp 3.0L mill from the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 and that’s mated to a six-speed manual, while the Infiniti has all All-wheel drive is available and Nissan is sticking with rear-wheel drive exclusively for the Nissan Z.
The turbo six gives the Z plenty of zip but the manual transmission test car is well behind at 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. And not driving too close to the Z’s limits, though, push it hard, and the suspension’s tuning shows it’s not quite up to the task, its compliance provides good comfort when travelling, but rivals Sports cars provide fast reflexes.
Nissan Z Interior & Cargo
New for 2023, Nissan hasn’t changed the Z’s cabin layout and, like the Porsche 911, it remains a two-seat coupe with no rear seats. However, everything else has changed. The new Nissan Z gets a modern cabin with updated materials and a welcome improvement over the dated interior of the current 370Z. It also gets leather upholstery, power-adjustable seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Cargo space remains a mystery, but don’t expect the Z to be a Costco run champion, and the 370Z’s trunk fits three carry-on suitcases, which should be plenty for most sports-car buyers.
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Nissan Z Features
In-cabin tech is another big leap that the new Nissan Z makes compared to its predecessor, with smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for the first time in a Z car and the main infotainment touch screen generally working well . However, the graphics still feel a bit out of date.
The fully digital instrument cluster is more appreciable. It’s configurable to view different pages and car information and the display looks great but is easy to see while driving.
Standard infotainment features; There’s an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, voice recognition and two USB port systems.
Available infotainment features; 9-inch touch screen, navigation, Wi-Fi hot spot and eight-speaker Bose stereo.
Additional standard features; A digital instrument cluster, proximity keyless entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and automatic climate control
Other Available Features; A universal garage door opener
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How many people does the 2023 Nissan Z seat?
Like its immediate predecessors, the latest Z is a two-seater sports car and finding a favourable driving position is easy with the help of the newly available telescoping steering wheel. Its seats offer solid side bolstering without obstructing your ingress or egress.
Is the Nissan Z Coming to America?
For the US market, the 2023 Z will be offered in Sport and Performance grades, each with a choice of a 6-speed manual or a new 9-speed automatic transmission.