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Our first look at the 2023 Nissan Z

  • New 2023 Nissan Z is latest generation of Nissan’s flagship 2-door sports car

Earlier this month we had the opportunity to get close to the all-new 2023 Nissan Z, the redesigned, new-generation iteration of Nissan’s iconic 2-door sports car.

2023 Nissan Z
2023 Nissan Z

A bold new design featuring a long hood and short rear overhang, a sporty interior highlighted by an available 6-speed manual, and a 400-horsepower engine under the hood are enticing ingredients that should translate into an exciting and engaging driving experience.

First impressions of the 2023 Nissan Z

We could argue the relevance of a two-door performance coupe with a twin-turbo engine in today’s electrified, SUV-crazed automotive industry. But we won’t, because when you stand next to the 2023 Nissan Z, the only thing you want to do is drive it.

2023 Nissan Z
2023 Nissan Z

Nissan isn’t letting anyone behind the wheel just yet, but that should come later this year. In the meantime, any enthusiast should be grateful that we are getting a least one more generation of the Nissan Z. Interested buyers will need to move quickly, however, as there won’t be many units available, especially in Canada.

The 2023 Nissan Z will come in two versions, Sport and Performance, while a third version called Proto Spec is a limited-edition Nissan Z available through dealerships online. The Sport and Performance models can be ordered online since February 3.

2023 Nissan Z
2023 Nissan Z

Regardless of which model, a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 with 400 horsepower is found under the long Nissan Z hood. It is paired to either a six-speed manual or a 9-speed automatic that sends the available torque to the rear wheels.

Sitting inside the new Z, we find a more modern interior with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, although we also noticed a few controls and plastics that looked like they were taken from an older Nissan model. We can forgive Nissan for diving into the parts bucket when building a low-volume model like the new Z.

2023 Nissan Z
2023 Nissan Z

The seats are typical sports car seats with a lot of side bolstering, and you don’t sit in the Nissan Z as much as you fall into the seat. The car sits very low as any good two-seater should. Looking in the back, the cargo area is actually pretty accommodating, and leaving a weekend getaway in the Z shouldn’t be a problem.

2023 Nissan Z
2023 Nissan Z

We did ask Nissan about a potential Z convertible, but the best we could get back was that the automaker doesn’t discuss future products. At least it wasn’t a firm no…

2023 Nissan Z
2023 Nissan Z

There really isn’t much else we were able to get from our first contact with Nissan’s redesigned performance car. As stated previously, this is a car that needs to be driven to be truly appreciated, and we hope to get that chance in the next few months. We also hope to get pricing information shortly.

2023 Nissan Z
2023 Nissan Z

2023 Nissan Z
2023 Nissan Z

2023 Nissan Z
2023 Nissan Z

2023 Nissan Z
2023 Nissan Z

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Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

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