As the latest chapter in an esteemed history of performance excellence, the 2023 Nissan Z encapsulates the pinnacle of Nissan's pursuit of perfection in the sports car segment. Chiseled to adopt contemporary appeal and defined by a strong sense of nostalgia, the 2023 Nissan Z is designed to lure in those who want an amazing-looking vehicle that boasts strong performance capabilities. Fans of Nissan's Z cars will instantly recognize the familiar lines of the original Fairlady Z, while those who are new to the Z nameplate will still appreciate the modern take on an iconic classic.
The new 2023 Nissan Z comes in two trims: Sport and Performance. If you prefer enhanced infotainment functionality, a sportier interior, and higher-grade hardware for on-the-road handling, then the Performance will likely be your preferred bet. It comes with a larger infotainment touchscreen, larger brake rotors, a limited-slip differential, and 19-inch forged Rays wheels with high-performance Bridgestone tires. If you were looking to become part of Nissan history, then the Z Proto Spec Edition is a limited trim, with only 240 units being made available. It's only available in yellow, features bronze-colored wheels, yellow brake calipers, yellow interior accents with leather seating, a special shift knob, and Proto Spec badging.
Above and beyond anything the 2023 Nissan Z has to offer is the heart and soul of the vehicle: the twin-turbocharged V6 engine producing 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Designed to be 15% quicker than the 370Z and made more capable than ever with the addition of a turbocharger, the 2023 Nissan Z is an exquisite powerhouse packed into a sleek design. Two different types of transmissions are available, depending on your preference for reaching top speeds.
A standard 6-speed manual transmission gives drivers complete control over the shifting, and it comes ready-equipped with downshift rev-matching, to keep the engine and transmission in sync based on driving conditions. Launch control also comes standard with the Performance trim, getting you off the line while preserving the powertrain. The manual Nissan Z is topped off with a specially made Exedy high-performance clutch for active engine disengagement and shifting accuracy, designed for a smooth and effortless shifting experience.
If you feel more confident with an automatic, a 9-speed automatic transmission is available - and it comes with aluminum steering-wheel paddle shifters, so if you ever felt the need to take over and exercise manual shifting, you still have the option to do so. The automatic option also comes standard with two optional drive mode modes: Sport and Standard. When you want to kick things up a notch, the Sport mode will hold gears longer and tighten up the steering.
The 2023 Nissan Z has also been on the receiving end of various engineering feats to improve the suspension so that it can handle all of the horsepower that the twin-turbo V6 can output. This includes 10% additional torsional rigidity for the chassis, as well as all-new front geometry and rear suspension upgrades over the 2021 Nissan 370Z. The double-wishbone front suspension and rear multi-link suspension provide ultimate stability and crisp handling.
The inclusion of four-corner mono-tube shocks and electronic steering work in cohesion with the wider front tire profile and wide-body design to ensure that you get crisp handling out of the sharpest turns. Performance is finely tuned on the 2023 Nissan Z to give you complete control over the vehicle while still getting the most out of the powerful V6 and rear-wheel drivetrain. It's the perfect combination of stability and performance.
While many sports cars focus heavily on trying to be cool, Nissan decided that the 2023 Z needed to honor its roots while embracing the modernity of today's automotive industry. In pursuing a synergy between the new and the old, the 2023 Z has managed to find a perfect balance between a beautiful design and achieving beastly performance on the road.
The exterior design of the Z is the most standout feature of the vehicle at first glance. The long hood is reminiscent of the Fairlady days, but with modern touches in the form of more angular lines that feed into the smooth side panels before arching off into the slight curvature of the rear fenders. The teardrop-headlights sit on the side of the downward sloping hood, which then dips into a front grille that pays homage to the 370Z. The classic coupe roofline from the early days of the Z makes a return, while the rear fascia takes on the look of the 300ZX's squared away taillights but with a modern-day LED twist.
This gorgeous representation of past and future comes in nine different exterior colors, including six standout two-tone paint schemes and three monotone options. If you want to maintain a visually consistent look for your Z, the monotone options are probably your best bet, offer the choice between Rosewood Metallic, Gun Metallic, and Black Diamond Metallic. Whether you go with a monotone or dual-tone color scheme, the Z is designed to match your personality.
For those who want to embrace the new era of Nissan's vision for a visually enticing Z, the two-tone options are the perfect way to go. The roofline sports a Super Black aesthetic, contrasting against the standout color schemes. Body colors include the fetching Seiran Blue, the bright Everest White Pearl TriCoat, the astonishing Brilliant Silver, the subdued Boulder Gray, the euphoria-inducing Passion Red TriCoat, and the visually intoxicating Ikazuchi Yellow, which hearkens back to the original Fairlady Z livery.
The interior is available in three colors: red, black, and blue. The interior is also available in a two-tone scheme, with race-inspired seating, mirroring the styling of NISMO's G-force ready technology to keep the driver and passenger firmly in place while hugging tight turns at high speeds. Leather-appointed seating comes standard, along with a past-meets-present cabin design that pairs the futuristic digital driver cluster with analog gauges sitting atop the center stack.
While the new Z includes many callbacks to its predecessors, it is a thoroughly modern sports car loaded with cutting-edge technology. From safety to performance, the 2023 Z is filled to the brim with the latest tech that the industry has to offer, including a 12.3-inch customizable digital instrument cluster for the driver.
The information display contains all the basic telematics, including a tachometer, boost gauge, engine temperatures, and fuel level. The digital display can be personalized to your liking, honing in on the futuristic aspects of the new 2023 Z that helps drivers individualize their cars. A central infotainment touchscreen, measuring 8 inches in the Sport trim or 9 inches in the Performance trim, contains all the necessary information and features you could ask for.
The 9-inch touchscreen automatically comes with the latest iteration of the NissanConnect Services app, which allows you to pair up your Z with any compatible smart device. This allows you control over the safety, security, and functionality of your vehicle. What's more is that both trims have access to popular features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity and Bluetooth wireless voice activation and commands.
The infotainment also grants users access to SiriusXM satellite radio, navigation support, messaging, hands-free phone calls, and more. If you're not fond of voice-activated features or touchscreen controls, physical buttons are available underneath the touchscreen that allows you to easily access the features you want, from GPS data to audio controls. And on the subject of audio, the Performance trim comes with an 8-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with active sound enhancement. The 2023 Nissan Z also sports noise cancellation to keep sound from outside the cabin from seeping in.
This is all topped off with the latest in driver-assist technologies and safety features, including lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. From front to back, inside to out, the 2023 Nissan Z is a fully-realized achievement in performance excellence and sports car style. The emboldened look with unmistakable under-the-hood power and the accompanying suite of technology makes for an undeniably robust package for any sports car enthusiast out there.