Rumors are swirling that the next Nissan Z is going to be an EV, but that hasn’t happened quite yet. The all-new 2023 Nissan Z is adopting turbochargers, though, which can make the most out of a smaller engine to create more speed with lower emissions. Nissan is leaning into the sporty tradition of the Z line, while still eyeing a more sustainable future. Here’s how they’re doing it.
The new Z’s V6 twin-turbo engine gets you 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. That’s an increase of 68 horsepower and a 30% increase in torque, which is expected to give the car a nice boost in performance, while improving acceleration about 15% for zero to 60 mph times. This is expected to please driving enthusiasts, but what isn’t always apparent in these power boosts is how much more efficient cars are getting at the same time, to wring every drop of power out of the world’s remaining gasoline.
That boost in performance is thanks to the small-diameter turbochargers that were added to the car, as well as a turbo speed sensor to ensure the capabilities of the turbos are fully utilized. The twin turbos balance out power and response time. The use of an electronic variable valve timing (e-VVT) intake valve system also supports optimum response and efficiency of the engine. It does so by adjusting the intake valve timing in real time for not only better performance but also better fuel efficiency.
You can get the new Z in a 6-speed manual stick shift or a super smooth 9-speed automatic. If you haven’t tried a car with paddle shifters, this would be a fun opportunity. High-performance brakes, tires and top-of-the-line interior finishes complete the new Z. The interior design team consulted professional race car drivers, including Nissan Super GT500 driver Tsugio Matsuda, to give the Z an ideal sports car cabin. So this is a daily driver, but with a serious nod to sports racing history. The future? That’s up to Nissan, but we expect recent experiments into EVs for Nissan’s larger Ariya SUV project should ease the carmaker into an all-electric future.
The Z drives in Normal, Enhanced and Sport modes so you can pick your fuel efficiency and driving performance balance. The car comes in Sport and Performance models with lots of extra options and technology.
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