2023 Nissan Z Spied With Retro Fairlady Badging

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This is great news for JDM fans in the US who want to add Fairlady badging to the Nissan Z.

The wait for the new Nissan Z is nearly over. After the production version of the next-generation Z car debuted in August, the order books are expected to open next month in the US. In Japan, the Nissan Z car has been known as the Fairlady Z ever since the first-generation model, known as the Datsun 240Z in the US, debuted in the 1960s. It was named after the Broadway musical "My Fair Lady" seen by Nissan president Katsuji Kawamata during a US visit. This tradition will continue with the new Nissan Z car.

A few weeks ago, the US-spec Nissan Z was spotted ripping up canyon roads in Los Angeles, and now the Japanese version has been spotted being transported on the back of a flatbed truck in a photo shared by the New Nissan Z forum.

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At first glance, it looks identical to the US version, but look closely and you can see the Z car is wearing Fairlady badging on the rear spoiler in a retro font, confirming that the Fairlady name will be reprised for a new generation. This is great news for JDM fans in the US who want to replace the badging on their Nissan Z cars with Fairlady lettering. Nissan filed a US trademark for the Fairlady Z name this year, but the nameplate has never been used Stateside.

We also get to see the Japanese Nissan Fairlady Z in action on video. Footage on Nissan's official Japanese channel shows the new Fairlady Z being put through its paces on a twisty country road. Notably, we also get to see a new interior option.

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So far, Nissan has only shown the new Z car with a blue interior, but the Fairlady Z in the video features a red interior with contrasting black trim. With orders reportedly starting early next month, Nissan's online configurator should go live soon allowing us to explore the available interior options.

In the US, the Nissan Z will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 producing 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic gearbox. Pricing details haven't been confirmed, but the Nissan Z is expected to cost less than $40,000. We expect Nissan will announce pricing details for the 2023 Z car if orders go live next month.

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