The 2024 Nissan Z NISMO, on sale this fall, becomes the pinnacle of Nissan’s long-standing much-loved sports car and will carry a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) beginning at $75,998, and $64,990 in the US.
A standout feature of the 2024 Z NISMO lies in its aerodynamic enhancements. The new bodywork, punctuated by a taller three-piece rear spoiler that extends onto the rear fenders, is crafted to produce positive downforce. This enhancement contributes significantly to augmenting the car’s aerodynamic performance.
Other key features include the “Grand-Nose” or “G-Nose”, a design reminiscent of the Nissan Fairlady 240ZG, and a revised grille opening with thin honeycomb mesh to balance drag and engine bay cooling. The Z NISMO also boasts redesigned side sills, a dark metallic gray katana-blade styling element, a black-painted roof, and gloss-black 19-inch Rays wheels. The car is available in five colors: Black Diamond Pearl, Brilliant Silver, Passion Red TriCoat, Everest White Pearl TriCoat and NISMO-exclusive Stealth Grey.
Inside, the Z NISMO offers anodized red engine start/stop and drive mode selection buttons, manual-adjust Recaro seats, and a leather and Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with a red marker at the 12 o’clock position.
The NISMO is equipped with the Z’s twin-turbo 3.0L V6 engine that now produces 420 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. This increase, 20 hp and 34 lb-ft more than other Z grades, is reached through better cooling, adjusted electronic wastegate control, and an independent ignition spark timing strategy. This strategy was inspired by the GT-R NISMO. For track enthusiasts, an improved engine oil cooler has also been incorporated.
The new Z NISMO sends the power to the rear wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission, refined for more rapid and dynamic shifting. The transmission in sees numerous enhancements that allow for faster shifting and will include a new Sport+ drive mode, designed for circuit driving, offering a sharper shift program for the powertrain. Rumours have circulated that Nissan will eventually offer a six-speed manual gearbox though at this point in time, it seems unlikely.
Handling abilities for the Z NISMO will be assured by unique stabilizer bars, stiffer spring rates, and larger, retuned dampers. Dunlop SP SPORT MAXX GT600 tires, also used on the GT-R, are part of the package. Chassis revisions include increased torsional rigidity, stiffer suspension bushings, and a firmer mounting bushing for the steering rack. The super Z’s brakes have also has been enhanced for extended track use. The front brakes have been upgraded to larger rotors, paired with a more performance-oriented brake pad compound.
Positioned to compete in the performance car sector, the new $75,998 Nissan Z NISMO finds itself up against notable competitors all priced roughly between $70,000 and $80,000 and they include the Toyota GR Supra 3.0, BMW M2, Porsche 718 Cayman, and the new Ford Mustang Dark Horse, to name a few.