2023 Nissan Z

by Mike Hunter

This new intercooled, twin-turbo powerhouse is the most powerful engine ever in a Nissan Z.

The Nissan Z 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine boasts 400 horsepower, 240,000 rpm and is a strength of power. An aluminum-alloy block and heads keep things light, while a water-cooled intercooler helps keep things cool. Optical turbo speed sensors help the turbines produce power up to a dizzying 240,000 rpm.

The first on any Nissan Z, an available launch control helps reduce wheel spin and hop by holding the engine at a pre-set rpm and modulating power to give fast, consistent acceleration. The driver can feel the g-force in the sensation of being pushed against the bolstered sport seat and can revel in the balance from the Front Midship chassis design as the rear wheels power out of the turn.

A horizontal instrument panel design wraps around the driver to create a true cockpit, while an available 9-inch center touch-screen display features Wi-Fi and wireless Apple CarPlay®. Feel is everything, so the thickness and shape of the wheel was inspired by the GT-R. A new telescoping steering wheel and switches put control at the driver’s fingertips. The driver’s seat employs anti-slip material and a slide-reducing center pad in the lower seat cushion. Padded knee bolsters help the driver in enthusiastic cornering.

The Nissan Z’s 12.3-inch display Sport screen — one of three selectable modes — was designed with input from Tsugio Matsuda, a racer for NISMO in Super GT in Japan. In the new 2023 model, the driver gets key information angled in the line of sight, including turbo boost, turbine speed – yes, up to 240,000 rpm – and voltage.

2023 Nissan Z

MSRP: $39,990
City: 18 mpg
Hwy.: 24 mpg
Trans: 6-speed manual or 9-speed automatic
0–60: 4.3 sec

Did You Know:  The Nissan Z’s fully digital, 12.3-inch display can quickly be configured with three preset screens to suit the driver’s needs, whether it’s the daily commute, navigating a new area or our favorite: enjoying the awesome performance.

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