Nissan Z NISMO: ICE is not dead (yet)

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  • Nissan has returned the NISMO grade for the 2024 Nissan Z, which does not disappoint. The Z NISMO is the heaviest model in the Z-car lineup and is automatic-only, offering a remarkable driving experience for enthusiasts.

The Z NISMO boasts a twin-turbo engine that can produce up to 420 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, with an increase of 20 hp and 34 lb-ft compared to other Z grades. Launch control delivers more aggressive standing-start acceleration. The Z NISMO exclusively uses a nine-speed automatic transmission that has been enhanced for faster and more dynamic shifting performance.

The exterior of the Z NISMO has been specifically engineered to improve aerodynamic performance on the racetrack, producing positive downforce. The interior boasts enhancements, including red-anodized engine-start and drive mode buttons, manual-adjust Recaro seats, and a leather and Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with a red marker at the 12 o’clock position.

Comprehensive chassis revisions to Z NISMO begin with bracing and stiffening measures that help the car faithfully track and respond to the increased cornering forces enabled by Z NISMO’s tires. Enhancements include additional front, rear, and rear underfloor bracing, helping increase torsional rigidity by 2.5% compared to the standard grades. The Z NISMO braking system has been enhanced, upgrading the front brakes to larger, 15.0-inch rotors matched to 13.8-inch rear brake rotors, equipping a more performance-focused brake pad compound.

The Z NISMO wears Dunlop® SP SPORT MAXX GT600 tires, a version of which is also used on GT-R. The rear tires measure 10 millimetres wider than those equipped on Z Performance. The tires are fitted to lightweight, NISMO-specific, gloss black RAYS 19-inch wheels.

For the 2024 model year, the Z Performance and NISMO grades add Amazon Alexa Built-in connectivity. All 2024 Nissan Z models include standard driver assistance and safety technologies.

The Z NISMO has a lot to prove, but it delivers on its promises. It is a thrilling driving experience that will satisfy any enthusiast’s need for speed and performance. Prices have not been announced yet.

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