Power, performance, price tag!
Let’s take a step back and recognize the value for a second. For $40,000, finding a combination of power and sport isn’t really realistic. As a realist, I think luxury and power are more important, but obviously that comes with a price tag in today’s market.
In Grasso’s garage this week, it’s a 2023 Nissan Z. 53 years in the making, the Nissan Z is back and this time it’s serious. With 400 horsepower and a base price of $39,990, the Z is all sports car craze.
With a twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine and 350 lb.-ft. Paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission (manual option available), the Torque Z is a really good sports car in today’s market. Our tester came in two-tone Ciaran Blue Metallic with offset black accents, while the interior was a lighter shade of the same.
“Z-ness is exactly what Nissan is all about, and exactly what Nissan has been waiting for,” said Hiroshi Tamura, Nissan’s chief product specialist. “The attention and pre-orders that have come in to date have been amazing.” Tamura, a Nissan employee since 1984, clearly understands engineering and what customers want.
On our test, we really focused on the interior because historically the Z hasn’t been a very comfortable sports car. In this class, like the Supra and BMW Z, they’re horrendously uncomfortable. With feedback from all parties, Nissan has enhanced the interior cabin, expanded the seats as it recognized that the consumer is the main priority. In doing so, it makes the Z the most comfortable and powerful midsize sports car in Grasso’s garage.
A Bose stereo, exposed gauges above the dash, an easy-to-use center stack, and a touchscreen infotainment system were all standard features on our Performance trim level, while the redesigned digital driver’s instrument cluster was truly technological and a sight to behold. and use.
As for Z, I’ve always been a fan. I’m very happy to see great power at a great price, while also seeing some much-needed upgrades to such a popular vehicle. Great job Nissan, the Z is a win!
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As Tested: $53,210
MPG: TBD city, TBD highway, 20.8 as tested.