“Available” and “dream car” are two concepts that don’t usually go together because most dream cars are expensive. But some automakers are breaking the mold by offering luxury and performance models at more affordable prices. An example is the Nissan Z, which debuted in 1969. Although the popular sports car took a brief hiatus after the 2020 model year, it’s back with the seventh generation Nissan Z 2023. So how feasible is this dream car?
2023 Nissan Z prices
Nissan recently unveiled the seventh generation of the Nissan Z, a sports car that Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta described as “a pure expression of thrill.” After previous generations, the 2023 Z also seems affordable.
The sports car will be available in two main trim levels: Sport and Performance. Pricing for the former starts at $39,990. Buyers who choose the Performance trim will pay an additional $10,000.
Also, expect a Proto Spec Edition modeled after the 2020 Nissan Z Proto. This option will feature a unique design, including yellow brake calipers, exclusive leather seats, bronze aluminum alloy wheels and a special badge. Nissan says it will limit the Proto Spec to 240 units in the US. It will cost a bit more, with its MSRP of $52,990.
Additional costs include shipping and handling, adding $1,025 to the final bill.
What we know about the characteristics of the new model
In terms of performance, the 2023 Nissan Z appears to be a significant improvement over the previous generation. The 2020 model offered a choice of two engines: 1 3.7-liter V6 with 332 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque and a 3.7-liter option with 350 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque.
The 2023 model includes a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 producing 400 horsepower in the Sport and Performance trims. As for the transmission, stick-shift enthusiasts can choose a six-speed manual, while others can opt for the nine-speed automatic. The latter is equipped in particular with shift paddles.
Also expect electronic power steering, a monotube shock absorber design, and double wishbone suspension on the front wheels. The drivetrain is rear-wheel drive.
In addition, Nissan says it could offer a launch control system depending on the trim level and transmission.
The design also seems to be based on previous generations of the sports car. Consequently, it comes with a long, slender hood and coupe styling. Nissan has modernized the interior while retaining some elements of the older models. For example, three analog pod gauges are included.
The new model also features a 12.3-inch customizable TFT meter and a 9.0-inch touchscreen.
Nissan Z 2023 release date
The 2023 Nissan Z is expected to hit US dealerships this summer. Other sports cars that could debut during this period include the BMW i4 and Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
It’s worth noting that the nearly $40,000 price tag for the 2023 Nissan Z is a significant jump from the starting price of the 2020 model. However, the industry has seen many changes since 2020 that have resulted in cars becoming more expensive across the board.
Still, given the performance and specs, $40,000 should still be a steal.
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