Photos and words by Atif Kazmi for Por Homme
The 2023 Nissan Z is as sleek as it is simple, bringing in a nimble package that doesn’t forget its iconic predecessors. We’ve seen a lot of badges make modernized returns but the 2023 Z is refreshing and welcomed. We recently spent time with the new Z, experiencing its 6-speed gearbox and agile driving dynamics.
The 2023 Nissan Z goes nostalgic for its bodywork. The rectangular grille, semi-circular headlights, and the “Z” roundel on the rear pillar, is a callback to the classic Datsun 240, while the overall profile and horizontal LED taillights take after the 300ZX. The Sport model gets standard 18-inch while the Performance model gets 19-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, suspension upgrades, sturdier brakes, and a limited-slip differential. It’s a beautiful sleek profile, with a long hood flowing to the raked windshield, while the roofline slopes from the front pillar to the rear, exuding a sense of athleticism and style.
The car’s interior is a subdued affair with a Graphite Cloth hued interior theme, leather, synthetic suede, and plastic detailing. The iconic triple gauge cluster on the dash, climate control knobs and center touchscreen, carry over from other Nissan models, while the circular door handles are a callback to the 370. Overall, the 2023 Z’s cabin is driver-focused and well-crafted, and the seats offer excellent support and comfort.
The infotainment system is centered around a 9.0-inch display that comes standard on the Performance model, while a smaller 8.0-inch screen is standard in the base Sport trim. Both run on the latest Nissan’s logical infotainment system version, and feature crisp graphics, clean menu options, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster comes standard, and has three different customizable settings; Normal, Sport, and Enhanced.
Standard on every Nissan Z model are safety features that include automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, a lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, high-beam assist, and adaptive cruise control.
The 2023 Nissan Z runs on a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. This power is transmitted to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional nine-speed automatic transmission at no extra cost. The nine-speed automatic is slightly faster to 60 than the manual, but the six-speed is quieter.
The 2023 Nissan Z offers a balanced and dynamic driving experience. Its low center of gravity and well-tuned suspension contribute to precise handling, cornering, and an overall nimble maneuverability. The steering is responsive, offering good feedback and a direct connection to the road, whether you’re making your way through twisty mountain roads or cruising on the highway.
The acceleration is exhilarating, propelling the Z from 0 to 60 mph in just under 4.5 seconds on the Performance model. It’s worth noting that the manual transmission offers a particularly engaging driving experience, allowing drivers to fully feel the car. It strikes a worthy balance between sportiness and daily drivability, making it suitable for both heart-stopping drives and daily commuting.
Overall, the 2023 Nissan Z is an exciting addition to the current-gen sports car market. It combines striking design, powerful performance, and an engaging driving experience, all at a relatively affordable price point compared to others in its class. The 2023 Z has an MSRP of $40,990 for the Sport trim, and $50,990 for the Performance trim. A special 240-unit limited-edition Z Proto Spec edition, draped Ikazuchi Yellow and based on the Performance model, starts at $53,990.
See more of the 2023 Nissan Z in the gallery and head to your local Nissan showroom to inquire about availability.