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Nissan Z 2023: hot new-generation sports coupe makes Australian road debut in Tasmania


The Nissan Z is getting closer to its Australian launch in the second half of 2022, with 298kW of power and rear-wheel drive

Nissan has given its latest-generation Z-car its Australian on-road debut with a showcase drive on a famous Targa Tasmania route.

The new Nissan Z uses a 298kW/475Nm twin-turbocharged V6 engine which powers the rear-wheels only, making the Z a big rival for the 285kW Toyota Supra

Nissan claims that the new Z coupe has almost 22 percent more power than the outgoing 370z and 31 percent more torque, also. 

The new Nissan Z will launch soon in Australia

The Z is set to be able to do the 0-100km/h sprint in the low four-second mark, which Nissan aso claims is 15 percent quicker than the outgoing 370z.

New Nissan Z, compared to the old 370Z

Nissan says that the new Z coupe is significantly better than its predecessor, so we thought we would do a spec comparison to find out where the differences lie.

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The Nissan Z hitting some twisty roads in Tasmania

Switch to twin-turbocharging from natural aspiration

The new Nissan Z uses a ‘VR30DDTT’ 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine instead of the naturally-aspirated 3.7-litre V6 engine used in the 370z. 

The 370z engine is a ‘VQ37VHR’ motor and is part of the wider VQ family of engines and goes without the use of turbochargers or superchargers. In 370z guise, the engine produced 261kW/374Nm

This 3.7-litre V6 engine was Nissan’s first production engine to utilise VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) which performs similarly to BMW’s Valvetronic system. 

The Z has a 298kW twin-turbo V6 engine

But what does turbocharging really do? Read our guide to turbo vs supercharger vs naturally-aspirated engines here.

Choice of manual or automatic

The new Nissan Z is available with either a nine-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission.

The manual version could cost around $63,000 before on-road costs here in Australia, with the automatic likely to cost around $3000 more. Official pricing is yet to be revealed. 

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The coupe is available with either automatic or manual transmissions

The outgoing Nissan 370z was available with either a seven-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission.  

Both automatic transmissions from the Z cars are torque-converter units rather than dual-clutch transmissions, which is similar to the Toyota Supra in that it, too, has an eight-speed ZF torque-converter automatic. 

You can read more about the last remaining cars with manual gearboxes in our guide here

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The Nissan Z was well suited to Tassie roads

Shared basic platform but extensive new spec

Both Nissan Z cars sit on the same FM platform that was introduced in 2001 in the Nissan Skyline. 

But the new Z has much more modern technology in it, including a new 12.3-inch driving cluster standard on higher grades, which replaces the ageing analogue dials in the 370z.

A 9.0-inch touchscreen is also available, up from the 7.0-inch touchscreen available as an option on the outgoing 370z.