Nissan’s Decision To Offer A Manual Gearbox On The 2023 Z Proves That Stick Shift Isn’t Dead Just Yet
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Nissan’s Decision To Offer A Manual Gearbox On The 2023 Z Proves That Stick Shift Isn’t Dead Just Yet

Here’s why Nissan chose to give us a manual transmission with the new seventh-gen Z

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The wait is over. Nissan has finally taken the wraps off of its all-new Z for the 2023 model year in New York. It is one of the most highly anticipated cars of 2021 since Nissan showed us the Z Proto about a year ago. Test mules of the car were also spotted countless times. The design stays true to the concept of the Proto and is reminiscent of some classic Z cars like the 240 Z and the 300 Z from the 70s and the 80s respectively.

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The 2023 Z packs 400 horsepower from its 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. However, the biggest talking point about the new Z is its manual gearbox. Yes, you heard that right. Nissan will offer a six-speed stick shift with its new Z. But, why exactly is Nissan giving us a manual you ask?

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Industry trends indicate that the stick shift is about to go extinct with fewer and fewer cars offering the option for a manual transmission. Despite this, manual transmissions are still sold in many markets around the world. However, according to a survey done by CNBC in 2019, less than two-percent of cars that sold in the U.S. that year had a manual transmission. At the other end of the spectrum, diehard enthusiasts have been yearning for cars with a manual gearbox.

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So, in an age where the manual is about to go extinct, Nissan is taking a bold step. Why? Well, the answer to that question is simple. It is to keep the loyalists and fans of the Z brand, happy. You see, the Z brand has a strong following the world over and Nissan wants to offer a car that not only lends an air of fresh air in a market that’s going EV crazy, but also stay true to what the Z brand is all about. Well, it’s all about the drive, isn’t it?

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According to Nissan’s CEO, Ashwani Gupta, the Z has always represented a car that is accessible to the masses since the first Z was introduced back in the 70s. In essence, what this new Z really is, is a fantastic successor to the 370 Z that was on the market for nearly a decade. The old car, despite its age, already did the basics right, which included a really good and compelling experience from behind the wheel. But, where it really fell short of its competitors was in terms of technology and this new Z has now addressed that issue.

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The Z is a no-nonsense and honest sportscar. It has always been a true driver’s car and is now offering enthusiasts and loyalists, a chance to experience the thrill of a manual yet again, but this time in a modern package. Remember that you ride in an automatic, whereas with a manual, you DRIVE. Many enthusiasts still consider stick shift as an art form, that puts you - the driver - in ultimate control of the vehicle. The disappearance of the manual transmission will most likely alienate a small but devoted portion of shoppers who remain a vital ingredient of American car culture. It is this small but loyal audience that Nissan is targeting with the new Z.

2023 Nissan Z Specifications
Engine  3.0-liter, Twin-Turbo V-6
Horsepower 400 horses @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 350 pound-feet @ 1,600 - 5,600 rpm
Tranmission Six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic
Drive Layout Rear-wheel-drive
Price $40,000 (estimated)
Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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