Combining styling cues from its forebears with updated technology, the 2023 Nissan Z has a new powertrain and interior but uses a carryover platform from the previous 370Z. The result is a modern and enjoyable sports car that gives credit to its past without over-relying on retro cues and nostalgia to make it appealing.
With a potent and agreeable powertrain, sharp handling and an available six-speed manual transmission, the new Z checks all the boxes for a proper sports car. And on top of that, it’s relatively affordable, undercutting the base price of the six-cylinder Toyota Supra, arguably its most direct competitor, by more than $10,000.
We recently had the opportunity to sample a 2023 Z and came away impressed. In some key areas beyond price, we prefer it to the Supra: The Z impressed us as being more engaging from behind the wheel, with a more comfortable cabin that’s better able to accommodate 6-footers. The availability of a manual only adds to the appeal.
As usual, however, we’re not here just to sing the praises of the newest sports car to arrive on the block. For a deeper dive, hit the link above for Mike Hanley’s review. For a quicker look, read on — here are six things we like about the 2023 Nissan Z and two we don’t.
Things We Like
1. Agreeable Engine
The new Z is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that’s shared with the Infiniti Red Sport performance models. Good for 400 horsepower, it’s more than up to the task of getting the roughly 3,500-pound Z up to speed in a hurry. With peak torque available from 1,600 to 5,200 rpm, low and mid-range response is much improved over the old 370Z’s naturally aspirated V-6.