We get to hear what the Nissan Z's 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 sounds like.
One of the most hotly anticipated new sports cars, the next-generation 2023 Nissan Z was unveiled back in August to replace the ancient Nissan 370Z, which has outstayed its welcome having been on sale for what feels like an eternity. Fortunately, it won't be long until the new Nissan Z goes on sale, with the order books reportedly opening in March before US deliveries start in spring 2022.
Before then, a pre-production Nissan Z finished Gun Metallic has been caught on video ripping through canyon roads on the Angeles Crest Highway in LA.
Although the two videos are short, we get to hear what the Nissan Z's 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 sounds like. This is the same engine that powers the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport and produces 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.
As the Nissan Z tackles the corners, the burbling V6 sounds sporty. It sounds even better than we hoped. Judging from the tire noise, it sounds like the prototype was being pushed hard, but the test drivers seemingly love hooning around for the cameras after another prototype was filmed performing a hard launch. Winding through twisty canyon roads, the Nissan Z was given a thorough workout to test the car's agility.
A 2021 Nissan 370Z Nismo was seen following the new Z car, possibly for benchmarking purposes. When the order books open, the Nissan Z will be available with either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional nine-speed automatic transmission. According to Nissan, the new Z will be 15 percent quicker than the 370Z.
Nissan hasn't released the final performance specifications yet, but this suggests the new Z car will hit 0-60 mph in around 4.3 seconds. Pricing details are also still being kept under wraps, but Nissan Z is expected to start at around $40,000, undercutting the Toyota GR Supra.