The latest report from Japan suggests a hotter Nissan Z is due next year, with more power, improved handling and a more aggressive look – but priced around $100,000.
A performance Nismo version of the new 2023 Nissan Z could arrive next year, according to the latest report from Japan.
japanese magazine Best car reports that the much-anticipated Nismo variant of the new Z could launch in mid-2023, with more power, a stiffer chassis, bigger brakes and unique styling, all for a price up to 40% more higher than the standard model.
The Z Nismo is said to be an evolution of the Z Customized Proto concept (below) revealed by Nissan in January, featuring a new front bumper with a split air intake, more aggressive side sills and wheel arches, a unique rear bumper and a larger rear spoiler. .
While the Customized Proto concept has been patented in recent months – as reported Conduct last month – and prototypes with the front bumper of the show car were spied, Best car suggests that the Nismo will not be a carbon copy of the concept.
Powering the Z Nismo should be a revised version of the car 3.0-liter twin-turbo “VR30” V6who Best car said is “expected” from produce more power than the standard 298kW/475Nm thanks to a sports exhaust system and revised engine tuning.
Under the skin, upgrades over the base Z are supposed to include retuned suspension, 20-inch wheels (instead of 19-inch alloys) and “specially beefed-up” performance brakes.
Best car reports that body stiffness will be enhanced with Yamaha performance dampers (for the chassis; not to be confused with suspension dampers), a strut tower bar through the engine compartment and other struts and V bars around the car.
Inside, the magazine says highlights will include Recaro sports seats with ‘exclusive’ upholstery and red stitching, a leather and Alcantara steering wheel and ‘red-ringed’ gauges – although it’s not clear whether these refer to the digital dashboard graphics, or the analog dials in the center of the dashboard.
But upgrades will come at a cost – Best car says the Z Nismo should cost around eight to nine million Japanese yen – a increase of about 25 to 40 percent on the standard Z, in premium form in Japan.
While a currency conversion would put the Nismo between $85,000 and $95,000 in Australia, applying the percentages to the standard price of $73,400 plus on-road costs in Australia could push the top end between $91,000 and $101,000 plus road costs.
With on-road costs added, it could cost up to $110,000 by car – about $5,000 more than the most expensive Toyota GR Supra ($97,000 plus road costs, or about $105,000 by car).
Whereas Best car Citing a mid-2023 release date for the Nismo, it says long wait times for the standard model – which saw new orders in Japan halted in late July – could push back the launch.
He adds that some of the Z Nismo upgrades will be available separately to standard Z coupe buyers, as dealer-offered Nismo parts.
In the meantime, Nismo (Nissan Motorsports) is set to unveil a Nissan Z race car for competition in the GT4 series. Covers are intended for go out on wednesday.