The launch of the New Z is a long-awaited event by automobile enthusiasts. Here are the official details revealed about the 2023 Nissan 400Z so far.
Arriving with the simplified nameplate of the Nissan Z, the highly anticipated 2023 model is slotted to be launched soon. Having found 13 years ago and been teased since a couple of years ago, the 2023 Nissan 400Z is reported to be debut in the spring of 2022. The manufacturer has revealed plenty of details for the upcoming release, with the promise of bringing a rebirth of the legendary, generation-defining, expectation-defying sports car that still carries the iconic styling of Nissan Z.
Adjusted Name and Offered Powertrain
Let’s discuss one of the most crucial components of an automobile model: the name. What’s previously thought to be called the 2023 Nissan 400Z will come simply as the Nissan Z, which is admittedly more flexible for the future generation of the model. The Z is at its seventh-gen since it was first launched in 1969.
Where the name of the 2023 Nissan 400Z is sustained, it would’ve matched nicely with the upcoming Z, as it will be capable of generating up to 400 horsepower produced by the twin-turbo 3L V6 powertrain and 350-pound feet of torque. It is the identical engine used in the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport. That being said, on the contrary to the sole 9-speed auto transmission offered by the Infinity, the approaching Nissan Z provides two transmission options: a 6-speed manual transmission or 9-speed auto transmission with a paddle shifter.
Aside from the available automatic or manual transmission options, the new Z also offers two extra flavors: Performance and Sport models – which may sound vague if making the distinction is what Nissan’s aiming for. The performance model features a dual exhaust system, larger brake disks between the two, 4-piston front and 2-piston rear brake calipers, and as the name implies, 19” wheels with tires that support off-road Performance. Meanwhile, Sport is the standard model that is equipped with 18” wheels and 2-piston front and 1-piston rear brake calipers.
The 2023 model will be the first amongst other Z variants, including launch control, a power-modulating, and engine-holding feature at certain rpm to help banish wheel hop and spin, resulting in consistent highest acceleration. The first Z model also brings electric power steering to allow more precision and in-control tuning.
Heritage-Rich Design Elements
The 2023 Nissan Z presents a significant leap from its predecessor, especially for the interior. The all-new model comes with highly advanced technology features without sacrificing the iconic styling of the older models.
Inside, you’ll find GT-R-inspired seat covers – with heated leather material for the Performance and fabric for the Sport. A 12.3” electronic instrument cluster is the standard for all versions, even though it still incorporates analog gauge pods. An 8” infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple connectivity and a 6-speaker stereo are featured in the Sports. In contrast, an upgraded electronic instrument cluster, 9” entertainment display with NissanConnect feature that offers remote access, Wi-Fi hotspot, and door-to-door navigation are available for the Performances.
The designers at Nissan have a half-century legacy to utilize when designing the 2023 Nissan 400Z. The work is successfully done, seeing how the upcoming model incorporates iconic elements that refer to prior Zs’ designs, such as the S30 Z’s retro-styled logo and the 240ZG’s 70s-esque headlights.
Minimal Trim Grades and Estimation Price
The annual sales of Nissan Z haven’t been able to strike the 10,000 mark in the last decade, which is pale in comparison with the golden years of Z in the previous century where it was capable of achieving 100,000 unit sales. That’s why it feels reasonable if the automaker company wants to keep the options and lineup to be simple, as it only offers Sport as the entry and Performance as the more upgraded model of Z. The manufacturer also announced that 240 units of the Nissan Z that are called Proto Spec is going to be the limited releases.
So far, the pricing details of the 2023 Nissan 400Z haven’t been revealed, even though a company representative stated in an interview that the starting price should be approximately $40,000. Nissan has more than enough time to sort out the pricing until the new Z hits showrooms in the upcoming spring.