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The redesigned 2023 Nissan Z sports car has the classic long, sloped hood and wide rear flanks that evoke the early versions of this storied nameplate. The rear-drive Z has a 400-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged twin-turbo V6, marking a significant increase of 50 hp over the previous 370Z's output.
That fiery power plant can be paired with a choice of six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Nissan is keeping it simple by making the active safety features standard on all trims. This includes FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, RCTW, and LDW.
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2009-2022
2009 Redesign Year
The coupe was redesigned for 2009, with the engine getting a displacement increase to 3.7 liters. The revised convertible followed a year later.
This version of the Z car is a bit shorter and lighter than the one it replaced. It also has much better interior fit and finish. Nissan's two-seat sports car is quick, agile and enjoyable to drive. Its V6 is muscular yet cultured and smooth. Shift action is a bit notchy, but crisp and positive in feel. Handling is very agile, with direct steering and lots of cornering grip. On the other hand, road and tire noise are constant and the cabin is cramped. Visibility takes a back seat as well. Updates for 2015 included standard Bluetooth and revised suspension tuning. New additions for 2016 include an optional noise cancellation/enhancement system aimed at quieting some of the offensive racket while creating "natural engine sounds to help bolster the driver's acceleration experience." The Z is also offered as a hot-rod Nismo version, which gets you exterior aerodynamic add-ons, 19-inch wheels, Recaro seats, a stiffer suspension and 18 more horsepower. Updates for 2018 include some interior and exterior enhancements.
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2003-2008
2003 Redesign Year
The 350Z bowed for 2003, sharing components with the Infiniti G-series. A focused and capable sports car, acceleration is very quick and handling is good, though not as agile as some.
The six-speed manual has a notchy shifter. Keep in mind we're talking budget sports car here, so the ride is harsh, the cabin is cramped, and tire and road noise are pronounced. Rear visibility is also poor. A convertible with a power-operated top is available too. Later models had improved interior materials and a slightly better ride.
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