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Nissan Improves the Z’s Looks

No, not a facelift, but a Japanese-market dealer-installed item


Does the Nissan Z seem underwhelming to you? Maybe it feels too evolutionary from the 370Z that was discontinued not too long ago, but I was hoping for something more revolutionary. We currently have a Z in the office and, after a quick jaunt (alright, banzai run) around the block, my interest has been piqued and I now may be a fan. However, something still leaves me wanting with the styling.

So it is with some interest that I caught wind of this new dealer-installed bumper piece for the Japanese-spec Z, and now I may have the paradigm shift I always needed. This item creates a split grille appearance, giving the Nissan Z a look more like a modern iteration of the original 240Z.

Apparently this split grille design debuted on a custom Fairlady Z at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon a year ago. The Fairlady also featured black eight-spoke wheels, black graphics on the hood and doors, fender flares, and carbon fiber splitter and side skirts. According to Car and Driver, Nissan said that the car was to “gauge customer and fan interest for potential future accessory offerings.”

Now, a year later, it appears the bumper piece will be available as a dealer-installed option in Japan several months from now. There is no word on whether the piece will make it to America or if it will end up being a factory-installed piece, but both would make sense.

Do you prefer the look with or without the split grille?

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in metropolitan Phoenix.


  1. Without the split looks more exotic. With the split makes it look too much like a Chevy product. What does the rear look like?

  2. Definitely with, gives it the original Z look. Wouldn’t even need a badge cause you just know, kinda like the Mustang doesn’t need any badges you just know what it is by the looks.

  3. No way in the world this Z looks better than my 2017 370 Magnetic Black Nismo Z. All this talk about the clock, or the gas cap is to big, will never take away from the looks and stares I get at the intersection. And that’s the reason the 370 will go down as the best selling Z ever. And by the way, have fun trying to see or buy a 400 Z at your neighborhood Nissan!


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