Live Thread: One week with a 2024 Nissan Z Performance 6MT

Colin
By Colin Wood
Dec 18, 2023 | Nissan, Z-car, New Car Review, Nissan Z, Live Thread

Photography by David S. Wallens

We've already given the new Nissan Z a proper shakedown on the street and at our official test track–the Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park–but has its absence made our hearts grow fonder?

Follow along to find out.

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Comments
rallyxPOS13
rallyxPOS13 GRM+ Memberand Reader
12/18/23 6:23 p.m.

I see they got past the production issues by leaving it in primer! laugh

Datsun240ZGuy
Datsun240ZGuy MegaDork
12/18/23 8:40 p.m.

Nothing, that's a really nice car.  It looks to have all the performance items you would want on a new Z car.  Tell us more about the manual shifter, good?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/18/23 8:57 p.m.
rallyxPOS13 said:

I see they got past the production issues by leaving it in primer! laugh

For the record, I like the “color.” :)

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/18/23 8:59 p.m.
Datsun240ZGuy said:

Nothing, that's a really nice car.  It looks to have all the performance items you would want on a new Z car.  Tell us more about the manual shifter, good?

Smooth shifter with throws that aren’t short yet aren’t too long, either. No balkiness in the clutch action. Shift knob feels a tad on the large size, but I know that’s a personal thing.  

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/18/23 9:05 p.m.

I like this one better than the 350Z and 370Z simply because it feels less claustrophobic. I don’t feel like I’m sitting on the floor, either.

Power? Plenty with little waiting. 

And, like I said, the manual works very well here. Automatics keep getting better, but this manual doesn’t leave me wishing for the two-pedal option.

A few things, though, remind me that this is a carryover chassis–or maybe a carryover of a carryover. Some of the interior bits–the door handles, the  HVAC controls, the door vents, etc.–obviously aren’t new. 

Does that make this a classic or dated? 

Datsun240ZGuy
Datsun240ZGuy MegaDork
12/18/23 9:37 p.m.

I like the clues that go back to 1970 - big horn button in center, vertical lines in gas pedal.  I think those touches are kinda cool.  

I could stretch my car allowance and add a little extra and buy the option less base model but all I ever see are $52-$55,000 Z cars for sale. Where is the $39,000 (now at $43,305) Z at?

Old_Town
Old_Town Reader
12/19/23 11:58 a.m.

Is it as fast as an Altima with a temporary spare on I4? 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/19/23 12:00 p.m.
Old_Town said:

Is it as fast as an Altima with a temporary spare on I4? 

Sadly, no, nothing else can outrun that. 

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
12/19/23 1:12 p.m.

Having seen the car in person yesterday, I like the exterior color, still not sold on the blue interior though. 

deaconblue
deaconblue New Reader
12/19/23 2:32 p.m.

Seriously, you have to pay extra for that "paint" color?

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