2023 Nissan Z
About the Nissan Z
The new Nissan Z series is among the very best-known Japanese sports cars with a deep history and a fan base that has waited patiently for the arrival of the seventh-generation model.
It’s been 13 years since the 370Z launched, and 59 years since the very first “Z” car (S30) went on sale.
The major changes to the new Nissan Z are the return to a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, and an entirely fresh ‘retro-modern’ design that shares more in common with the 300ZX than the 370Z and 350Z that came before it.
Having dropped the numerical part of the model name and with no Fairlady badging for Australia, the Japanese giant is sticking with the Z brand, with no mention of its new 3.0-litre engine capacity in the name.
A great modern-retro design
Turbocharged engine a substantial improvement
Manual transmission option still delights
Sounds rather lifeless
Lack of wireless CarPlay
A parts bin special
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2023 Nissan Z (inc. 0-100) detailed review
This car melted the internet when it was first announced! Paul Maric has been so excited to drive it - so join us for a detailed review of the 2023 Nissan Z with six-speed manual transmission.
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2023 Nissan Z Coupe highlights:
- 12.3-inch TFT configurable digital instrument cluster
- 8.0-inch central infotainment display
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- 8-speaker Bose audio system
- Tri-gauge analogue display (boost, turbo fan speed, voltage)
- Electrically heated, leather-accented seats
- Suede trim door finisher
- Active Noise Cancellation
- Active Sound Enhancement
- Intelligent Key with push-button start and panic alarm
- Auto-levelling LED headlights
- LED daytime running lights
- 4-way powered driver seat with manual lifter, thigh and lumbar support
There are not many options on the Nissan Z bar the premium paint ($750) which applies to all colours but the Rosewood Metallic, the Super Black roof ($1200 incl. premium paint), and a red interior ($NCO).
No doubt Nissan will eventually do a Nismo version at some point and we hope to see some more aggressive lines and equipment level available when it appears.
Price & Specs
It’s hard to hide the links to the 370Z when you jump inside the new Z.
The steering wheel is still a little on the large side, the seating position is nearly identical to the 370Z (which means it’s not ideal if you’re vertically gifted), and the lack of cabin space and practicality is all carried over.
None of that should really matter to a true enthusiast because the Z has never been about creature comforts and luxury – it’s always been an honest Japanese sports car that’s about thrilling the driver rather than an A-to-B commuter.
In saying that, all Z models come standard with a leather-accented interior, a fully-customisable 12.3-inch TFT digital instrument cluster, and an 8.0-inch infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Annoyingly the screen mirroring technology is not wireless.
Even more annoyingly, despite having a USB-C port, the Nissan Z will only support Apple CarPlay using the standard USB port, which means you have the choice of fast charging your phone or using CarPlay.
The Z also misses out on standard satellite navigation (not that you need it with CarPlay), and we were disappointed to learn we miss out on the North American market’s larger 9.0-inch infotainment system that does in fact have wireless CarPlay and built-in navigation.
The 12.3-inch instrument cluster is, however, super clear and easy to read. Nissan says it was designed by one of its race drivers and during out test we found it easy to read for both speed and other performance data.
The 2023 Nissan Z Coupe is basically a heavily revised Nissan 370Z in terms of platform and architecture, but gains Infiniti’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6. It looks fantastic with a modern-retro design that sees the rear heavily resemble a 300ZX while the front paying homage to the 350z and 370z.
There is, in essence, nothing all-new in the new Z except the exterior design, but that’s also how the price has been kept low, and why the Z feels very much as you would expect a Z to feel – rear-biased, playful, and inherently flawed.
Cost of Ownership
Service intervals are 10,000km or 12 months and costs vary between manual (M) and automatic (A):
1st service : $340 (M) $340 (A)
2nd service: $467 (M) $482 (A)
3rd service: $456 (M) $443 (A)
4th service: $718 (M) $734 (A)
5th service: $368 (M) $368 (A)
6th service: $616 (M) $617 (A)
How it Drives
For detailed driving impressions, read our full review here.
The 2023 Nissan Z is powered by Infiniti’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo DOHC V6 (VR30DDTT). It’s a fuel-injected, four-valve-per-cylinder alloy engine which produces 298kW (up 22 per cent on 370Z), and 475Nm of torque (up 112Nm on 370Z).
The manual weighs 1600kg (kerb) while the automatic carries a 33kg weight penalty. Put all of those figures together and it adds up to a power-to-weight improvement of around 13 per cent over the Nissan 370Z.
While the nine-speed automatic is borrowed from Nissan vehicles like the Frontier and Pathfinder, the six-speed manual comes from the 370Z but is now equipped with a high-performance clutch supplied by Japanese racing specialist Exedy, and is linked to the rear wheels with a carbon-fibre composite driveshaft.
Rev-matching is available with a press of a button on the centre console, while automatic models feature aluminium paddle shifters and two different drive modes: Standard and Sport.
In Sport, the automatic Z slightly modifies its steering profile while also gaining active sound enhancement (via the speakers), and the traction control gives the driver a little more leeway to play with. In manual cars, the traction control is either on or off.
Nissan Z Safety Rating
The Nissan Z has not been tested officially by Euro NCAP or ANCAP.
The 370Z was never tested officially either, so it is not possible for us to give you a safety rating score.
Standard safety features include:
- 6 airbags
- AEB with pedestrian detection
- Adaptive cruise control
- Forward collision warning
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Lane departure warning
- High Beam Assist
- Traffic Sign Recognition
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Reversing camera
- Hill Start Assist
- Tyre pressure monitoring
Nissan Z Warranty
The Nissan Z is covered by a five-year. unlimited kilometre warranty.
Nissan Z Fuel Economy
Depending on the variant, view the 2023 NISSAN Z fuel usage below.
All Highway, City, and Combined figures below are litres per 100km
|-||Z34 MY24||2D COUPE||PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||9.8||-|
|-||Z34 MY24||2D COUPE||PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||10.8||-|
|NISMO||Z34 MY24||2D COUPE||PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||10.4||-|
Nissan Z Dimensions
Depending on the variant, the 2023 NISSAN Z measures as below.
|Variant||Series||Style||Length (mm)||Width (mm)||Height (mm)||Wheelbase (mm)|
|Z34 MY24||2D COUPE||4380||1845||1315||2550|
|Z34 MY24||2D COUPE||4380||1845||1315||2550|
|NISMO||Z34 MY24||2D COUPE||4410||1870||1315||2550|
Nissan Z Market Fit
The Nissan Nissan Z is categorised as a SPORTS UP TO 80K and has a price range of $75,800 to $94,000.
Nissan Z Interesting Facts
The new Nissan Z's front-end was originally designed to have slightly more overhangs and a revised style that gave it more of a historic shape in reference to the 300ZX, however due to cooling requirements from the new tightly packed twin-turbo engine, the grille had to be extended and the aerodynamics modified so it can deliver its power and torque without issue.