The next generation of the Nissan Z performance sports car is about to arrive, and fans of the turbocharged vehicle are awaiting its release. Some are wondering how the new version of the car will hold up against the previous generation, the Nissan 370Z. To help you, we break down the specs of each of the popular cars so you can compare for yourself.
Reminiscent of the 2020 Nissan 370Z
Sports car and racing fans will surely remember the Nissan 370Z as offering quite a bit for its relatively small size. According to Edmunds, this 2023 Nissan Z predecessor has a powerful 3.7-liter V6 engine capable of producing a whopping 332 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, along with a shiftable seven-speed automatic transmission. Car and Driver writes that this performance allows the Z to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds.
The 370Z also came equipped with a wealth of standard safety features. These included dual front side airbags, traction and stability control, advanced emergency braking, and tire pressure monitoring to name a few.
The 2020 Nissan 370Z had a combined fuel efficiency of 22 mpg and started at $39,490.
How does the 2023 Nissan Z compare to its predecessor?
Jalopnik reports that planning for the new Z began five years ago, led by product planner Hiroshi Tamura. The 2023 Nissan Z will build on the heritage of the 370Z to offer buyers even more horsepower and a turbocharged overall experience. Nissan went through the key specs in its announcement of the car’s upcoming release, and it’s easy to see that there’s a lot to look forward to with the vehicle.
For starters, there’s the engine, which is even more powerful than the 370Z’s. All Z trims come with a 400hp 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine. Consumers can also choose between a six-speed manual transmission or a new nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Even better, the Z is expected to be relatively affordable, at least if you opt for the base trim level, the Z Coupe Sport 6MT or 9AT. The Sport Coupe will start at $39,990, while the higher-end Performance Coupe will have an MSRP of $49,990.
Consumers can look forward to these trim options on the new Nissan Z
Speaking of bodywork, let’s take a closer look at what you can expect from the new 2023 Nissan Z in this regard. First the basics: the car will be available in three trims. We already mentioned the first two, the Coupé Sport and the Coupé Performance. These two will be by far the most readily available disguises.
MotorTrend has identified some of the key differences between the Sport and the Performance. One of them is wheel size. The Performance will be fitted with super-lightweight 19-inch Rays alloy wheels, while the Z Sport will feature 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The Z Performance also comes with slightly larger rotors on the brakes. The Performance is also equipped with front and rear spoilers and two exhaust outlets.
A limited number of an even higher specification, the Coupe Proto Spec, will also be produced. The Proto Spec, which is expected to be produced in just 240 units, will feature a special plaque along with what Nissan puts it, “exclusive interior and exterior features, all of which pay homage to the Z Proto launched in 2020”.
The Z Coupe Proto Spec will cost a few thousand more than the Performance Coupe and have an MSRP of $52,990.
The new 2023 Nissan Z is expected to launch this summer.
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