Hooniverse Asks: What do you think about the new Nissan Z?

The new Nissan Z has arrived, and yes that’s the official name. It’s not the 400Z. Nor is it the 300ZX. But that doesn’t really matter because the specs on this thing sound pretty great. At its core, the new Z rides on a modified and reworked version of the chassis that underpinned the 370Z. Up front though you’ll find a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine producing 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. You can pair that with Nissan’s new 9-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox. And if you choose the stick, you get a high-performance Exedy clutch stuffed in there as well.

new nissan Z

new nissan Z

On the outside, you can see the heritage-inspired styling mixed with modern appeal. I’m a Z fan. Many moons ago I owned a 1985 300ZX and I loved that car. A few year back, I drove a Datsun 240Z from California to Boston. And for the last (forever) few years, I’ve been aching for Nissan to update this car. And it has, and the result looks fantastic.

Especially on the inside, where the interior gets a modern center screen, digital gauge cluster, and actual color!

new nissan Z

new nissan Z

new nissan Z

That blue is wonderful. And it’s great to see an automaker offer something bold to cover its cabin space.

Here’s the full press release from Nissan:

Nissan revealed the all-new 2023 Z sports car in a global broadcast from Brooklyn’s Duggal Greenhouse, about five miles from where the original 1970 Datsun 240Z made its world debut in October 1969.

“When we introduced the Z in 1969, the Z was a revolution. Since then, for more than 50 years, Nissan has brought style, speed, reliability and so much more to millions of enthusiasts around the world,” said Ashwani Gupta, representative executive officer and chief operating officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

While the six previous generations of Nissan’s iconic sports car all offered numeric designations, the long-awaited redesign will be known in the United States simply by just one letter – Z.

The 2023 Z offers a sleek, attractive exterior with a silhouette that shows respect for the original model – with a long hood and low rear stance. Inside, the driver-centric cockpit includes a 12.3-inch customizable racing-inspired meter display, available leather-appointed sports seats and 8-speaker Bose® audio system.

All 2023 Nissan Z models are equipped with a 400-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine and choice of 6-speed manual transmission with motorsports-inspired EXEDY® high-performance clutch, or a new 9-speed automatic transmission with aluminum paddle shifters.

“The Z has always been an accessible sports car – always placed at the intersection of aspiration and attainability – of dreams and reality. This latest iteration is now ready to thrill Z enthusiasts, and create a whole new generation of Z fans as well, when it comes to market here in the U.S. early next year,” said Gupta.

The 2023 Z is offered in Sport and Performance grade levels and a special “Proto Spec” edition, which is limited to 240 units

Word on the street is that this thing will start at $40,000. That’s a good chunk of change, but this is a pretty excellent-looking sportscar, at least on paper. Hopefully, it drives as well as the words written above make it sound.

So what do you think about the new Z?

8 Comments

  1. I’m a little disappointed by the price bump as the 370Z was comparatively an absolute bargain. Not that 40k is unreasonable for what they’ve built, I just hope it means that they’ve freed up space for another affordable option (just as Toyota has the 86 below the Supra). The division between 70’s nostalgia up front and 90’s nostalgia in the back is a little weird, but it works.

  2. I’d love to be interested in it, but I’m not. It’s obviously trying to tap into the original 240Z’s looks, but somehow misses the mark. I dislike V6 engines, so that’s another negative. And then there’s the price. If I were in the market for a towable RWD, manually-shifted coupe, I’d much rather drop money on one of the Toyobaru twins.

  3. Another perspective:

    My 15-year-old son and I were in the car together this evening and he asked “So, what do you think of the new Z?” He knows I’m a fan of the S30, and figured I’d read up on it. Before I could answer, he described the design as “underwhelming”. We both felt that the new Subaru BRZ would be more fun, but if that much power was desired, the Mustang was a better choice. Both are more attractive.

    So, Gen X and Gen Z are pretty much in agreement in our household.

  4. I’d like to drive one back to back to back with a Mustang GT and a Toyoburu to get a feel for the spectrum and relative plusses and minuses. I could make a case for any of the three depending on priorities. On the whole, I like it.

  5. I dig it! the styling is cool and it’s really cast in the role of the Z32 300ZX for the modern day. my biggest disappointment is that they didn’t call it 300ZX. I’ve said since 2015 that if you want a sports car for between 40 and 70k, you have to justify not buying a Mustang or Camaro. add a third entry to the list!

  6. I think we won’t get it in Europe 🙁

    If you’re in the US on the other hand – little hard to see why you’d have one over a Mustang/Camaro, and if you wanted that pointy nimble pure sports car thing, you’d just buy a GR86 right?

    Maybe it’s the goldilocks car in the middle for some people?

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