Nissan unveiled the redesigned 2023 Nissan Z sports car Tuesday night, a somewhat retro-styled model the company hopes will continue the brand’s turnaround after the turmoil of the last few years. Nissan had been dealing with struggling sales due to an aging lineup and the arrest of its chairman, Carlos Ghosn in 2018. Nissan designers were already working on redesigns of the company’s mainstream models when talk of a new Z sports car came up.
The new Z’s design is clearly reminiscent of the 240Z, the very first Z car, unveiled in 1969. It has a long hood and a roof that curves down toward the back. It looks very similar to the Nissan Z Proto concept unveiled in September of last year, but with subtle sculpting differences, due to being stamped out of real metal instead of formed in carbon fiber said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s global head of design.
One radical change is the name. Instead of Z followed by a 3-digit number, this car is just called the Z. The two-seat rear-wheel-drive sports car is powered by a 400-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine. A six-speed manual transmission will come standard, but a nine-speed automatic transmission will be offered as an option as well. There is an 8-inch touchscreen in the dashboard, but there are also three old-fashioned analog gauges with needles showing turbo speed, turbo pressure, and electrical system voltage.
The Z will initially be available in two versions, Sport and Performance. Horsepower will be the same in both, but the Performance version will have a rear spoiler, leather seats, Launch Control, which automatically provides maximum acceleration from a stop, and a few other upgrades. Nissan’s Z cars have long had a passionate following and early models have become collectibles. The last production version in the Z line, the 370Z, was introduced in 2009 and it was available through the 2020 model year.
The new Z will go on sale in the spring of 2022. Pricing for the car will be announced closer to when it goes on sale.