• 2023 Nissan Z Driven – What It’s Really Like to be Behind the Wheel

It’s so much better than 370Z, and yet it’s still affordable

Nissan has taken everything it’s learned from the Z lineup thus far and improved on it in ways we never thought were possible. The old, aging V-6 is gone, only to be replaced by the same V-6 found in the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 with some major improvements. The same platform resides underneath, only it has been updated for improved handling, better safety, and more structural rigidity. Factor in the revised suspension, retro look, and impressive cabin, and this is arguably the best Z in existence.

Nissan went out of its way to make the sure new Z lived up to the name’s legacy, and while it might feature an Infiniti engine and a revised version of the 370Z’s chassis (which itself was a revised version of the 350Z’s chassis), it’s a downright impressive car that doesn’t seem the slightest bit old. The engine, for example, has been enhanced to make it more suitable for use in a sports car. The turbochargers have been fitted with a tiny electric motor to eliminate turbo lag, and the manual transmission has been updated to resolve the 1-2 shift issues in the 370Z.

Overall, the car seems very impressive, though it’s sad to think that the Nissan Z could be the very last of its kind before Nissan is forced to shift into electrification. With that in mind, now’s your chance to step into the Z family. The 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V-6 puts out a healthy 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, which is more than enough for some daily fun. It’s also a great car for anyone just stepping into the world of performance cars. There’s enough power for it to be fun, but not enough to leave you in an uncontrollable situation. Check out the video above for some in-car driving impressions.

Philippe Daix
Philippe Daix
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Always on the lookout for the latest automotive news, Philippe Daix is our most senior editor and founder of TopSpeed.com. He likes to see himself as a consumer advocate with a mission to educate motorheads of all ages.  Read full bio
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