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All The Differences Between Nissan Z Sport and Performance Trims

There are plenty of differences between the Nissan Z Spot and Performance trims; the base car lacks some of the essentials

By now, you’re probably tired of hearing about the Nissan Z. We know it’s out and we know (or at least hope) it’s going to be the bargain performance car everyone was waiting on. With that said, there are two trims (not counting the limited-edition Proto) - Sport and Performance. John Raiti, from Raiti’s Rides, helps us discuss the differences between the two Nissan Z trims - there are more of them than you think, so feel free to check them out below.

All The Differences Between Nissan Z Sport and Performance Trims
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The Nissan Z Sport comes with smaller, 18-inch, cast-aluminum wheels. The Performance trim gets you 19-inch Rays
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Like in the original Fairlady Z, the rear spoiler is optional. The base, Sport trim does not have it
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Nissan Z Sport comes with smaller brakes. It comes with floating calipers and smaller rotors, compared to the Performance trim
All The Differences Between Nissan Z Sport and Performance Trims
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NISMO exhaust could be available on the base trim too. This particular test car has it and it sounds a lot different, compared to the standard one
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The biggest drawback of the Sport trim is the open differential. If you want a limited-slip diff, you have to upgrade to the Performance trim
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According to Raiti, the Nissan Z Sport will not feature a two-tone interior. That said, this could be limited to the dark grey and black exterior finishes
All The Differences Between Nissan Z Sport and Performance Trims Interior
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The Nissan Z Sport can only be had with a cloth interior. The leather interior can be had only on the Performance trim
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The base Nissan Z does not feature automatic rev-matching for the 6-speed manual. Many buyers would probably switch it off anyway
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The Performance trim was rumored to feature beefier strut-tower braces, compared to the base, Sport trim

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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