Nissan Z NISMO: Finally, a new Z car focused for the track?

J.A.
By J.A. Ackley
Aug 1, 2023 | Nissan, nismo, Nissan Z, Nissan Z NISMO

Photography Courtesy Nissan

Nissan released the details on the 2024 Nissan Z NISMO. It features a bevy of enhancements over its Sport and Performance versions, many of which focus on providing a “track-ready experience.”

Handling Enhancements

The company said NISMO engineers “revised every element of the car’s suspension to optimize precision, predictability and cornering grip.” Their efforts included incorporating “unique stabilizer bars, a stiffer spring rate and larger, retuned dampers.”

[The truth about the 2023 Nissan Z’s suspension]

The Z NISMO comes with 10mm wider tires than the Z Performance, with 285/35R19 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT600 rubber. The Dunlops ride on NISMO-specific, Rays 19-inch wheels, which are 0.5 inches wider, yet also lighter than the ones on the Z Performance.

Engineers also stiffened the chassis:

Additional front, rear and rear underfloor bracing, helping increase torsional rigidity by 2.5% compared to the standard grades. Stiffer front and rear suspension bushings, and a stiffer mounting bushing for the steering rack, further increase lateral rigidity.”

The Z NISMO features beefier brakes, with fixed four-piston aluminum calipers and 15-inch rotors up front and fixed two-piston aluminum calipers and 13.8-inch rotors in the rear, all of which is paired with a “more performed-focused brake pad compound.”

Engineers also improved the aerodynamic design of the Z NISMO in an effort to produce “positive downforce.”

A restyled grille opening has the thinnest honeycomb mesh of any Nissan production car, reducing drag, and canards at the car’s front corners also improve aerodynamic performance by “creating vortexes.”

The back of the Z NISMO gets a taller, wider rear spoiler, with a three-piece design extending to the rear fenders. The Z NISMO also features reshaped rear bumper corners to “aid with air separation and reduced drag.” Revised side sills also decrease drag and lift.

Drivetrain Enhancements

The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 receives a 20-horsepower, 34 lb.-ft. bump over the Z Performance, boosting numbers to 420 and 384, respectively. Engineers achieved this through “improved cooling, revised electronic wastegate control providing increased turbocharger boost and turbine speed, and an independent ignition spark timing strategy inspired by GT-R NISMO.” Peak torque gets delivered between 2000 to 5200 rpm.

The nine-speed automatic transmission features “faster and more dynamic shifting performance,” with revised clutch packs and engine management software. Nissan claims it has reduced downshift time by “almost half” as well as the ability to deliver a “more aggressive” standing-start acceleration. The Z NISMO also receives a Sport+ mode for a “racetrack-tuned shift program.”

For those wanting a third pedal, you’ll have to stick with the Sport or Performance versions to get the six-speed manual transmission.

Other Details

The Z NISMO is nearly an inch longer (173.2 inches) and an inch wider (73.6 inches) than the other Z versions. It also weighs more, pushing the scales at 3704 pounds. (The Z Performance sits at 3602 pounds with an automatic, 3536 pounds with a manual. The base Z Sport with a manual weighs 3486 pounds.)

Inside, the Z NISMO has manually-adjustable Recaro seats and a leather and Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel that features a stripe at 12 o’clock.

The Z NISMO comes in one of five colors: Black Diamond Pearl, Brilliant Silver, Passion Red TriCoat, Everest White Pearl TriCoat and the NISMO-exclusive Stealth Grey

Pricing has yet to be announced, though the new Z NISMO is expected to go on sale this fall.

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Comments
Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
8/1/23 9:40 a.m.

Bummer about no manual, but I'm pleasantly surprised to see more power and torque.

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) UltimaDork
8/1/23 9:45 a.m.

That body color and the red stripe has me seeing Hyundai N.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/1/23 10:42 a.m.
pres589 (djronnebaum) said:

That body color and the red stripe has me seeing Hyundai N.

You, too, huh? 

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
8/1/23 10:47 a.m.

But will it be faster around the FIRM than the 2023 Nissan Z we tested? I cant wait to take one to the track and find out. 

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
8/1/23 10:55 a.m.
ChrisTropea said:

But will it be faster around the FIRM than the 2023 Nissan Z we tested? I cant wait to take one to the track and find out. 

You, along with you're other magazine and influencer friends will be the only ones that get to drive it.  When are the Z's being released?

WonkoTheSane
WonkoTheSane GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
8/1/23 11:01 a.m.
Datsun310Guy said:
ChrisTropea said:

But will it be faster around the FIRM than the 2023 Nissan Z we tested? I cant wait to take one to the track and find out. 

You, along with you're other magazine and influencer friends will be the only ones that get to drive it.  When are the Z's being released?

Maybe they did the thing we always critisize people/companies for not doing and actually revised a flawed product instead of immediately releasing it? 

SupraFiend
SupraFiend New Reader
8/1/23 12:23 p.m.
Datsun310Guy said:
ChrisTropea said:

But will it be faster around the FIRM than the 2023 Nissan Z we tested? I cant wait to take one to the track and find out. 

You, along with you're other magazine and influencer friends will be the only ones that get to drive it.  When are the Z's being released?

More like this is the version of the car Nissan built for magazine reviewers so the car does better in comparos and reviews. One could argue most of what they changed was in response to GRMs article where they rip into its suspension design and slower lap times.

Honestly I think Nissan delivered the best car for the street out of the box. In this age of mega fast/expensive GTRs, BMW Supras with Toyota track focused handling, superb but expensive Type R Civics and GR Corollas, etc, people seem to forget that the appeal of Japanese cars has always been that you can buy them for relatively cheap, they are reliable, they make fantastic dailys, they respond wonderfully to mods and tuning them is encouraged and expected.

This Nismo is great for bench racing and bragging rights, but a 2024 Z Sport with 6spd and a track pack that adds the LSD and big brakes is the hot ticket IMO. Hopefully from this Nismo they will figure out the essential suspension changes that improve handling but don't ruin it for the street and add them to the base car next year as well. They'd be wise to apply the power upgrades too since the new specs make it match the Supra (which is mega under rated). Don't care for the kit, it doesn't suit the lines of the car, the base car was perfect out of the box visually (which is a huge win on the Supra).

kanaric
kanaric SuperDork
8/1/23 1:08 p.m.

A ton of people on facebook and other sites I post on really are butthurt about there being no manual option. All while BMW and other companies are saying their upcoming cars will be the same. Others like the Audi S3 and S4 already are like this. 

Thing is, i'm doing the initial bits of speccing out a build for a track car. Guess what? It's not going to have a manual. I am doing a K swap with BMW DCT from a S55. On top of it it's going into a 240SX auto chassis which was sourced for very cheap. 

This build is going to be for time attack and the DCT will give an edge for sure. 

Ever since i've driven the Audi S3 i've owned on track and at autocross I felt like there is no need for a manual. I would simply test drive this Z and if the auto trans shifts at least as good as the C8 Corvette that's all i'd care about. My 2nd car is a R33 GTR and I care less and less about the difference in "fun" of the manual as time goes on and the S3, especially after a TCU tune, grew on me to a point where it is more fun. The R33 just has more fun handling dynamics. 

Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter)
Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
8/1/23 2:55 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:
pres589 (djronnebaum) said:

That body color and the red stripe has me seeing Hyundai N.

You, too, huh? 

Editorial Director, Grassroots Motorsports & Classic Motorsports

Yeah, I had to look ose to see what is was. Poor color choice Nissan. It hides all the styling. Light colors look best on this car.

Im not suprised at a Nismo version being introduced, the lack of a manual is sad but I cant afford one so my opinion doesnt count.

racerfink
racerfink UberDork
8/1/23 5:56 p.m.
SupraFiend said:
Datsun310Guy said:
ChrisTropea said:

But will it be faster around the FIRM than the 2023 Nissan Z we tested? I cant wait to take one to the track and find out. 

You, along with you're other magazine and influencer friends will be the only ones that get to drive it.  When are the Z's being released?

More like this is the version of the car Nissan built for magazine reviewers so the car does better in comparos and reviews. One could argue most of what they changed was in response to GRMs article where they rip into its suspension design and slower lap times.

Honestly I think Nissan delivered the best car for the street out of the box. In this age of mega fast/expensive GTRs, BMW Supras with Toyota track focused handling, superb but expensive Type R Civics and GR Corollas, etc, people seem to forget that the appeal of Japanese cars has always been that you can buy them for relatively cheap, they are reliable, they make fantastic dailys, they respond wonderfully to mods and tuning them is encouraged and expected.

This Nismo is great for bench racing and bragging rights, but a 2024 Z Sport with 6spd and a track pack that adds the LSD and big brakes is the hot ticket IMO. Hopefully from this Nismo they will figure out the essential suspension changes that improve handling but don't ruin it for the street and add them to the base car next year as well. They'd be wise to apply the power upgrades too since the new specs make it match the Supra (which is mega under rated). Don't care for the kit, it doesn't suit the lines of the car, the base car was perfect out of the box visually (which is a huge win on the Supra).

If you read the comments from Tommy Suddard about driving a 400 on the street, it definitely is NOT the best car for the street out of the box.

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