The new Z needs 700 horses to dip below 10 seconds.
It was only a matter of time before someone put a modified Nissan Z on a drag strip to see what it would do.
Admittedly, we didn't think it would be this soon. Only days ago, AMS Performance recorded an 11.43-second quarter-mile in this very car. In early October, AMS pushed the power output up to 500 horsepower by remapping the ECU and bolting on some performance parts.
We didn't think AMS could take three seconds off that time so quickly, but here we are. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first new 2023 Nissan Z to run a sub-10-second time. It crossed the quarter mile in 9.92 seconds at 137 mph. According to AMS, the Z needed approximately 700 hp to the wheels to manage that time.
AMS says the car ran a 10.15 at 134 mph right off the trailer, and we're betting it still has a little more to give.
According to the tuning shop, which famously built a 3000 hp Lamborghini Huracan, it improved the times to under 10.1 seconds despite a 20+ mph headwind. Eventually, it hit the magical 9.92 seconds.
The team plans to take the car to the dyno to confirm the power figures, but as mentioned earlier, estimates put the vehicle at some 700 wheel horsepower. We know the car is north of 638 whp, thanks to a run on a Mustang dyno. Per the team at AMS, this should be the fastest Z in the world.
Quite the claim, but we've yet to see anyone challenge it.
You can read the complete modification list for this wild Z in the embedded Facebook post at the top, so we'll deliver some highlights instead. That includes Hoosier drag radials, two Pure 800 turbochargers, and a complete AMS-built exhaust system. During one run, the modifications resulted in a 0-60 time of just 2.59 seconds, well into supercar territory and a stellar time for a rear-wheel-drive car.
This is what Nissan had in mind when it built the new Z, and the community is already rallying around the car. By all means, this should be the tuner car for a new generation.
We can't wait for them to get a little cheaper on the aftermarket, which will likely only happen once Nissan can sort out its supply and allocation issues.