2023 Nissan Z for Sale in Warwick, RI
Good things are worth waiting for, and that’s definitely the case of Nissan’s long-treasured two-seater. It’s back with an extensive redesign after a three-year hiatus: the 2020 370Z was the last incarnation of this icon, which debuted in 1969 as the Datsun 240Z. Part of this sports car’s updated image is a streamlined name: it’s now simply the Z, without a numerical prefix.
There are so many updates that it’s hard to know where to start, but we’ll lead with the increased power: it gets a 400-horsepower twin-turbo V6. The suspension and steering have been retuned to a sublime level, and all of the latest technologies for safety and connectivity have been packed in. Driving purists will leap at the chance to secure a Z with the 6-speed manual transmission, which has been improved with rev matching and launch control in the higher trim levels. (A 9-speed automatic with paddle shifters is also offered.) The Z’s appearance is hot, to say the least, and the interior has been updated in all the right ways – there’s even a slick digital gauge cluster. But while there’s not a convertible version of the Z at the moment, Nissan has hinted that it’s a possibility down the line.
Trims and Mechanical Details
There are two primary trim levels for the 2023 Z – the Sport and Performance – along with a limited edition, the Proto Spec. Their 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 makes a pleasing 400 hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Nissan did right by the true driving purists out there and made a stickshift the standard tranny: it’s a rev-matching six-speed with launch control. A nine-speed automatic with paddle shifters is offered as well. The rear-drive Z is rated by the EPA to achieve 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with the manual; the automatic ticks up to 19 city/28 highway.
Equipment by Trim Level
The Sport is immediately eye-catching with its array of updated LED lighting: automatic headlights, signature daytime running lights, and double-ring 3-D taillights. Its other noteworthy exterior attributes are Z emblems on the prominent fenders, high-performance tires on 18-inch rims, exterior mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators, door handles that sit flush with the body, and proximity entry (a.k.a. Nissan Intelligent Key). The two-person cabin is fully modernized with the aforementioned 12.3-inch customizable digital gauge cluster, automatic climate control, push-button start, a two 12V power outlets, USB-A and USB-C ports, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors, and leather wrapping for the steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake handle.
Enhancements to the Performance trim include aluminum sport pedals, power-adjustable heated seats upholstered in a combination of leather and suede, heated exterior mirrors, 19-inch wheels, a HomeLink universal garage door opener, a locking glove compartment, active noise enhancement and cancellation technology, and upgraded leather wrap on the steering wheel. The Proto Spec swaps in yellow-accented leather seats and other yellow interior trim, door trim in a mix of fabric and suede, and bronze wheels.
Nissan Safety Shield 360
Nissan balances the Z’s performance with safety by including a complete suite of driver-assist technologies bundled as Safety Shield 360. Those features consist of intelligent driver alertness, adaptive cruise control, intelligent forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and hill start assist. Launch control is also standard for more stable take-offs from a complete stop.
Having not put out a Z model since 2020, Nissan has made significant improvements to the connectivity aspect of the car. The Sport gets the base infotainment system, which has an 8-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), Bluetooth (hands-free phone and audio streaming), a sound system with six speakers, and SiriusXM satellite radio. The Performance and Proto Spec get a 9-inch touchscreen along with wireless Apple CarPlay (standard plug-in Android Auto remains), navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, NissanConnect remote vehicle services, and an eight-speaker Bose sound system with dual subwoofers.