The 2023 Nissan Z is not the last - so long as you buy it.
The Nissan Z is one of the few cars that has been revealed in production form with few changes over the concept, and it looks fantastic. With a manual gearbox as standard and drive going to the rear wheels, there's no reason not to love it, and if its base pricing is as low as rumored, it could be one of the best buys out there. This is a proper sports car that cares more about engagement and enjoyment than specs on a sheet. That kind of attention to the driving experience should make it immensely popular, and if it sells well, Nissan says it has no reason to stop producing sports cars just like it.
Speaking with MotorTrend, Nissan chief operating officer Ashwani Gupta says that as long there is demand for the Z car, now in its seventh generation, Nissan "will definitely continue with it." That's excellent news for those who love driver-focused sports cars, but also for fans of the brand, many of whom may have been drawn to it by the existence of Z cars. "This for us is not a simple car, this is our culture," says Gupta.
Of course, to keep the car alive well into the future, electrification is sadly inevitable. But if future cars are as fun to drive as this looks to be, that won't matter.
Fortunately, Nissan has addressed our fears and we've been promised that Nissan's electric vehicles will be fun to drive, thanks to the man who developed the GT-R. For now, we have a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 to look forward to with 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, the latter of which is available from as low as 1,600 rpm. Nissan has really concentrated on making this new sports car exciting to the people who are real enthusiasts - now the onus is on us as the buying public to spend our hard-earned dollars on it, or the hallowed Z name may disappear forever.