After a lengthy teaser campaign, Nissan unveils the all-new 2023 Z

More than a decade after the 370Z made its global debut, its successor has finally been revealed. Following a myriad of leaks, teaser images, and a prototype, Nissan finally launched the all-new Z coupe.

No longer sporting a numerical name, the new-generation Z features a retro-inspired look that harks back to its predecessors. First revealed in concept form as the Z Proto, Nissan did not change much when it came to its design.

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It has a long hood, short deck design that is reminiscent of the previous Z cars, particularly the first generation 240Z (aka S30Z). The front fascia features a unique set of LED headlights and a huge grille that has become a signature look to the Nissan Z. Serving as a throwback to the 300ZX are the taillights and defined shoulder lines that give the car a muscular appearance.

Other notable features of the all-new Z include a subtle rear spoiler, dual exhaust pipes, and 18-inch wheels (can be upgraded to 19-inch RAYS alloy wheels). There's also a black aero kit for improved downforce and two-tone exterior paint available. We're also glad to see the signature "Z" badge on the C-pillar made it into production as well. 

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Like the exterior, the 2023 Z's interior looks similar to the Z Proto revealed last year. It gets a digital 12.3-inch instrument display configurable into various modes, a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a two-tone cabin finish, power-adjustable sport bucket seats, and an 8-speaker Bose sound system.

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Just like the Z cars before it, the 2023 Z comes with three analog gauges on the center dash that displays boost, turbo speed, and battery voltage, and a Z-logo on the steering wheel.

Under the hood, the all-new Z is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. It makes 400 PS at 6400 rpm along with 474 Nm of torque at 1600 – 5600 rpm. Thanks to the increase in power, Nissan claims the 2023 Z will deliver a “sharp yet smooth response to the driver's input”.

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Nissan was able to do this through the use of small diameter turbochargers together with a turbo speed sensor to ensure the turbos are fully utilized. The engine also benefits from electronic variable valve timing (e-VVT) intake system that ensures optimum response at any speed.

In true Z fashion, it is available with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. With the Z Performance pack, the manual gearbox gets launch assist control, a carbon-fiber driveshaft, and a Synchro Rev Match that can mimic 'heel and toe' shifting. Prefer a self-shifting Nissan Z? The all-new two-door is also available with a new 9-speed automatic unit. It comes with aluminum paddle shifters and a launch control assist as standard.

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Despite being based on an upgraded 370Z chassis, Nissan took the time to upgrade the Z's handling and suspension. Both the front and rear dampers use a new monotube shock absorber design with a larger diameter than the outgoing 370Z. The result is an approximately 20% reduction in dampening force to help minimize impact shock over uneven surfaces, enhance road-following performance, and improve handling stability.

The front double-wishbone aluminum suspension features new geometry with an increased caster angle to improves straight-line stability. A two-point front strut tower brace is standard, while the rear independent multi-link aluminum suspension has also been reconfigured with new settings.

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Nissan has yet to reveal its pricing for the US market. However, they did say that it will go on sale sometime in 2022 and will be sold as a 2023 model year. Given that the US market will have to wait a little while longer, it looks like the Philippine market will be stuck with the 370Z for a couple of years.

Still, we cannot wait for Nissan Philippines Inc. to offer the all-new Z here in the country.

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