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August 18, 2021

The 2023 Nissan Z Is The 400-Horsepower Approachable Sportscar

After showing it off through a lightly disguised prototype form, the Nissan Z Proto, Nissan has finally revealed what the production version looks like. Deemed an approachable sportscar for the modern age, this is the 2023 Nissan Z.

Available by around the second quarter of 2022 in the U.S., the 2023 Nissan Z drops the numerical prefix in its name. However, underneath, the rear-wheel drive sportscar it features a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 putting out 405 horsepower and 475 Nm of torque.

To achieve the marked increase in horsepower and torque, and to deliver sharp response, small-diameter turbochargers were adopted, as well as a turbo speed sensor to ensure the capabilities of the turbos are fully utilized (max spooling speed). The twin turbos balance power output and response time, while the use of an electronic variable valve timing (e-VVT) intake valve system ensures optimum response, adjusting the intake valve timing on-the-fly to achieve excellent response and fuel efficiency in a variety of driving scenes.

This engine is paired to either a 6-speed close-ratio manual with an EXEDY high-performance clutch and, for the first time in a manual Nissan, a launch control system. For those who prefer an automatic, the 2023 Nissan Z comes with a 9-speed automatic with paddle shifters and launch control system as well.

The all-new Nissan Z also has improved handling thanks to its enhanced body rigidity, adoption of an electric power steering system, and a new shock absorber design with a larger diameter at the front. Also standard is a mechanical clutch-type limited-slip differential. Standard wheels are 18-inchers while opting for the higher versions ups them to 19-inch RAYS forged aluminum alloy wheels.

The production 2023 Nissan Z stays true to the Proto but is further refined. It blends both heritage and cutting-edge design in past meets future design. It is something also seen on the inside. It features a 12.3-inch TFT meter display, an 8-inch or 9-inch touchscreen audio display, and keeps its three analog pod gauge cluster as well.

Key features include power adjustable driver and front passenger seats, push-button start/stop, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, an 8-speaker Bose sound system, and a rear parking camera.

All models include a range of standard driver assistance and safety technologies, including Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, High Beam Assist, and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning.

Nissan has yet to reveal the pricing, but to commemorate the launch, Nissan is making available a spec that echoes the 2020 prototype model. Called the Proto Spec, this one is just limited to 240 units. Changes include yellow colored brake calipers with the Z logo, bronze-colored 19-inch RAYS wheels, exclusive leather seats with yellow accents, and a unique shift knob.

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