A new Z-car rekindles old feelings | 2023 Nissan Z Review

Photography by David S. Wallens

Know how everyone likes to complain that cars keep getting bigger? The forthcoming, all-new Nissan Z measures only about 10 inches longer than the original 240Z–and it’s actually shorter than the 280ZX.

The new Z drives a bit like the original, too. Relatively thin pillars plus a driver’s seat that’s not placed too deeply inside the cockpit eliminates the bathtub-like sensation delivered by many other GT machines. And let’s say that the over-the-shoulder view is better than the past two generations. Three auxiliary gauges still top the dash–a Z-car trait since day one–and while the main display is now an all-digital affair, it’s clear and easy to follow. 

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Where the original’s 2.4-liter inline-six made 151 horsepower–a strong number for 1970–the new car’s twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V6 makes more than double that at an even 400. More than twice the speeds are also available as Nissan offers a nine-speed automatic. Purists, though, don’t worry as the Z can also be ordered with a slick-shifting, six-speed manual.

On track, we found the car easy to toss around, while power delivery was predictable and manageable. And then add in brakes for days.

The Z originally landed on our shores with an MSRP starting right around $3600–so approaching $27,000 today. The newest version starts a tick below $40,000, but back in 1970 you didn’t quite get as much performance and comfort.

The 2023 Nissan Z is expected to arrive at dealerships "in Summer 2022," with a starting MSRP of $39,990.

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300zxfreak Reader
5/16/22 11:40 a.m.

Hmmmm, jury is still out on this one until I can see one up close and personal........

Nickdoc New Reader
5/16/22 2:58 p.m.

I think Z-cars are a no-go these days, Nissan should consider re-naming

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