In October 1969, Datsun unveiled the original 240Z in New York City. Tuesday, Nissan returned to show off the new 2023 Z.
“When we introduced the Z in 1969, the Z was a revolution,” said Ashwani Gupta, chief operating officer of Nissan Motor Company. “Since then, for more than 50 years, Nissan has brought style, speed, reliability and so much more to millions of enthusiasts around the world.”
“While the six previous generations of Nissan’s iconic sports car all offered numeric designations, the long-awaited redesign will be known in the United States simply by just one letter – Z,” the company added.
“The 2023 Z offers a sleek, attractive exterior with a silhouette that shows respect for the original model – with a long hood and low rear stance,” Nissan said. “Inside, the driver-centric cockpit includes a 12.3-inch customizable racing-inspired meter display, available leather-appointed sports seats and 8-speaker Bose audio system.”
Nissan said its 2023 Z cars will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at 400 horsepower. The engine will be linked to the buyer’s choice of a 6-speed manual transmission with an Exedy high-performance clutch or a nine 9-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
“The Z has always been an accessible sports car – always placed at the intersection of aspiration and attainability – of dreams and reality,” Gupta noted. “This latest iteration is now ready to thrill Z enthusiasts, and create a whole new generation of Z fans as well, when it comes to market here in the U.S. early next year.”
The new ZX will be offered in Sport and Performance versions as well as a “Proto Spec” version, which will be limited to 240 units.
You can view the 21-minute reveal of the new Z on YouTube.