It’s the ideal time for Nissan to rebuild its dated Z coupe because sports cars are currently in style, as evidenced by the resurrected Toyota Supra and the flashy mid-engine Corvette that both made their debuts last year. Perfect also since it’s obvious that it’s out of date. Nissan’s sports car has always gone by an alphanumeric moniker, such the current 370Z model or the original 240Z from 1969, but this generation will just be known as Z. The 2023 Z is propelled by a 400-hp the double V-6 engine that sends its power to the rear wheels via either a nine-speed automated or a six-speed manual transmission. We were thrilled to discover that the Z is overall more refined than the vehicle it replaces. We are happy with the Z’s lively handling and snappy acceleration.
Thankfully, the Z gets a technology upgrade as well, getting a new touchscreen infotainment system, a re-configurable digital gauge display, and a ton of new driver-assistance technologies. The next-generation 370Z moves slightly up-market to target the Supra, while the previous version competed with more cost-effective sports cars like the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Toyota 86.
What has changed for 2023?
The legendary Nissan Z-car is brand-new for 2023. The new Z pulls design cues from earlier models but offers a glimpse into the future with current technologies and a much-needed interior renovation, as previewed by the Z Proto concept car. The new Z goes on sale as a hardtop coupe in the summer of 2022, although a convertible model might come later.
Price and Availability
The 2023 Nissan Z Base Price is $41,015. The new Z is still a great deal when compared to important competitors like the Supra and the Audi TT, even though its starting price is greater than that of the outgoing 370Z. The Z ups the ante with more luxurious amenities and more appealing appearance to warrant its higher price tag. To get a sportier suspension tuning, a limited-slip differential, better brakes, 19-inch wheels with summer tires, and electricity seats with faux-suede upholstery, we’d recommend the mid-range Z Performance specification.
Performance – Engine, Transmission, and Other
The Nissan Z is powered by a twin-turbocharged V-6, just like its powerful sibling, the Nissan GT-R. However, the Z receives a 400-hp 3.0-liter engine from the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 linked to either a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic transmission instead of the GT-fire-breathing R’s 565-hp 3.8-liter. Nissan continues to only offer rear-wheel drive for the Z, despite the Infiniti offering all-wheel drive as an option. Although the Z has a lot of zip thanks to the turbo six, our manual transmission test car reached 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, far behind the Supra. As long as you are not driving too close to the Z’s limit, there is enough of cornering grip.
Fuel efficiency and actual MPG
The Z with the automatic transmission is considered to be the most energy-efficient model, per the EPA. It has a 19-mpg city rating and a 28-mpg highway rating. Using the manual results in lower mileage of 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. We’ll test the Z on our 75-mph highway fuel efficiency test route when we have an opportunity, and we’ll update this article with the results.
Efficiency of fuel use and real MPG
According to the EPA, the Z with the automatic transmission is regarded as the most energy-efficient vehicle. It gets 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the interstate. The decreased mileage of 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway is the result of using the manual. When we have a chance, we’ll test the Z on our 75-mph highway fuel efficiency test route, and we’ll update this post with the results.
Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior
Nissan hasn’t altered the Z’s interior layout despite the fact that it will be new in 2023. With no remaining back seats like the Porsche 911, it is still only a two-seat coupe. But everything else is different now. The interior of the new Z has been upgraded with contemporary materials, which is a considerable improvement over the worn-out 370Z’s interior. There are options for leather upholstery, strength seats, and dual-zone automatic temperature control. We were able to fit three carry-on luggage in the trunk of the old 370Z, which should be plenty for the majority of sports-car purchasers. However, cargo space is still unknown.
Connectivity and Information
With a standard 8.0-inch infotainment screen (a 9.0-inch device with navigation is available), a 12.3-inch digital gauge display, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Android Auto, Nissan has modernized the Z. Standard equipment includes a six-speaker stereo, but audiophiles can elect to upgrade to a premium audio system designed by Bose; an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot is also an option.