The 2023 Nissan Z Hits Production With Lightly Updated Looks and 400 HP


The 2023 Nissan Z Hits Production With Lightly Updated Looks and 400 HP

Nissan has finally revealed the production version of its new Z sports car. Dubbed simply the Nissan Z, it gets a host of design changes over the prototype first shown in September 2020, as well as a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 making 400 hp. A manual transmission is standard, while a new nine-speed automatic is available as an option.

The production Z shares the vast majority of its design with the Z Proto, but there are some notable changes. The grille, previously a singular blacked-out piece, has been split into two sections consisting of an upper, brightly colored pattern mesh and a blacked-out lower section packed with driver assistance sensors. The back end is mostly the same, save for a lip spoiler that’s been added to the leading edge of the hatch. The front- and rear-end shapes, as well as the car’s overall profile, a throwback to the original 240Z, have been retained.

Under the hood of the 2023 Nissan Z sits an aluminum VR30DDTT 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that uses small-diameter turbos to ensure sharp, immediate response. There’s also electronic variable valve timing on the intake side to improve efficiency. It’s rated at an even 400 hp at 6400 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque from 1600 to 5600 rpm. Redline is 6800 rpm. The company has yet to release other performance numbers, but estimates a 15-percent improvement in 0-60 times over the outgoing model. For the full story, check out the full story from Road & Track.

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