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The new Nissan Z makes its world debut from New York | Digital Trends Spanish

In the 1980s, Japanese sports cars were objects of desire for millions of people in all parts of the world. The Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7, and Nissan Z were relatively straightforward and affordable machines, with decent stance, power, and driving manners for the time, and were the reason many of the buyers who left driving Corollas , 323s, and Sentras, visited their manufacturers’ dealerships.

This luster did not last long, already at the end of the 90, what had been delicious and simple machines had become complicated and expensive sports cars whose sales did not justify the investment necessary to export them. The first to disappear from the US market was the Nissan 300ZX in 1996, followed by the Supra and RX-7 in 1998.

An effort to recapture the spirit of the ’80s led Nissan, revitalized after its alliance with Renault, to revive the Z with great success in 2002 this time under the 350Z nomenclature for its 3.50-liter V6. The 350Z was followed in 2009 by the 370Z with the 3.7-liter V6 engine, and for the next 13 years, a true eternity of automotive time, nothing happened.

Nissan finally revealed, during the days when the New York Auto Show suspended again by the Covid-19 pandemic should have been held, the coupe that will be known simply as the Nissan Z 2023as, until further notice, there will be no more numbers in the name. Styled similar to the 2020 Nissan Z Proto concept, the new coupe is equipped with a powerful twin-turbo V6 and manual transmission for a price tag of close to $ 40,000. Nothing bad.

Nissan keeps things simple, at least early in the life cycle of its new coupe. The Nissan Z will arrive only in two versions: Sport and Performance. 240 buyers will be able to opt for a third limited-production variant called the Proto Spec, based on the 2020 prototype and created in commemoration of the launch of the seventh generation of the Z.

Regardless of the version in question, the new Nissan Z has a checkered grille front, and LED headlights that seek to reproduce the circular headlights of the 1969 Datsun 240Z, the first of the Z cars. Behind we see an interesting black partition se It extends across the width of the vehicle on the bumper, housing a horizontal LED optical assembly, as well as a glossy black diffuser covering the exhaust pipes. Performance models also feature a discreet rear spoiler. The basic lines of the model are very similar to the 370Z because, while long and deep, the 2023 Nissan Z is an update from the previous model.

In the cabin we got a much stronger connection with the 370Z, which goes all the way to the use of parts of the previous model like the door handles and the center console. However the obvious presence of pieces of modern technology such as the 8.0-inch touchscreen (9.0-inch with WiFi and navigation for the Performance version), and the digital instrument cluster plant it firmly in the current decade, especially when we see them seated from some seats that replicate the excellent seats of the Nissan GT-R, in the Performance version. On the console we see a group of analog gauges reminiscent of the 240Z, showing turbocharger boost, turbine speed, and a voltmeter.

The twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine achieves 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque from the rear wheels. Nissan did not share acceleration times, but the gain of 68 horsepower and 80 pound-feet over the previous model combined with the weight loss of the new model tells us that the Nissan Z should substantially improve the 5.0 seconds of the outgoing model.

The Nissan Z can be purchased with a six-speed manual transmission with a high-performance clutch, integrated rev adjustment, and even a launch control system for the Performance model, or with a new 9-speed automatic transmission also with control. starter and speed adjustment and also has a limited slip differential. The Performance model also has aluminum shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Nissan says it improved the structural rigidity of the old 370Z platform, tuned the suspension, and added a new electronic power steering system, which should dramatically improve the vehicle’s driving dynamics. Nissan promises us a “strong mechanical feel.” Perhaps that is why it fitted the Z with 18-inch Yokohama Advan Sport 248/45 tires on the Sport trim, Bridgestone Potenza S007 on 255/40 front and 275/35 rear 19-inch on the Performance trim.

In the safety department the Nissan Z is fully up to date with standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and rear cross traffic alert among other active safety systems. .

The new 2023 Nissan Z will go on sale in early 2022 and we can’t wait to get our hands on a specimen to tell you all about the new Japanese sports car.

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