Nissan has officially revealed and detailed its hotter Z Nismo sports car in the US, and it won’t offer a manual transmission.

    The Nissan Z Nismo is set to go on sale in the US in the northern hemisphere autumn (September-November). It’s also confirmed for an Australian launch, with it expected to touch down either in late 2023 or early 2024.

    Final Australian pricing and specification for the Z Nismo will be confirmed at a later date. It’s expected to cost more than the regular model, which currently costs $73,300 before on-roads regardless of whether you pick the six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission.

    The Z Nismo continues to be powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine but outputs have been boosted to 313kW of power and 520Nm of torque. This is 15kW and 45Nm more than the regular Z.

    Nissan claims to have achieved the higher outputs by improving cooling, revising the electronic wastegate control which provides increased turbocharger boost and turbine speed, as well as incorporating GT-R Nismo-inspired independent ignition spark timing.

    The Nissan Z Nismo comes exclusively with a nine-speed automatic transmission that has been “enhanced” for a “faster and more dynamic shifting performance”.

    Other highlight features include an enhanced oil cooler for extended track performance, launch control, as well as a new Sport+ drive mode.

    The Z Nismo has a revised suspension setup with unique stabiliser bars, a stiffer spring rate and larger retuned dampers.

    Its chassis has also received additional bracing at the front and rear, as well as the rear underfloor, which helps increase torsional rigidity by 2.5 per cent compared to the regular model.

    There are also stiffer front and rear suspension bushings, and a stiffer mounting bushing for the steering rack.

    The Nissan Z Nismo comes with gloss black 19-inch wheels that are 0.5-inches wider than the 19-inch wheels on the regular model. They’re 10 inches wide at the front and 10.5 inches at the rear.

    These wheels are wrapped in R19 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT600 tyres, which are a version of the units used on the GT-R. The rear tyres are 10mm wider than those equipped on the regular model.

    Providing the stopping power are a set of large 15.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear brake rotors, as well as a “more performance-focused” brake pad compound.

    The exterior of the Z Nismo has been tweaked with a mesh grille, canards on the front corners, as well as red accents on the front and rear ends.

    Other highlight exterior tweaks include revised side sills, a taller and wider rear spoiler with a three-piece design, and reshaped rear bumper corners.

    Inside the Z Nismo the engine start/stop and drive mode buttons are finished in anodised red, plus the graphics of the digital instrument cluster have a red outline around the tachometer and show a special red “flash” during start-up.

    There are also leather and Alcantara Recaro seats with a red centre section and Nismo logos in the headrests, as well as a leather and Alcantara steering wheel with a red accent mark at the 12 o’clock position.

    The Nissan Z Nismo is available in a choice of five exterior paint colours:

    • Black Diamond Pearl
    • Brilliant Silver
    • Passion Red TriCoat
    • Everest White TriCoat
    • Stealth Grey

    All of these paint colour options come with a contrasting black-painted roof.

    As noted above, final Australian pricing and specification for the Nissan Z Nismo will be confirmed at a later date.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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