Watch The 2023 Nissan Z Launch Like An Audi

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Seems like we have a lot to look forward to.

A YouTuber called Burnt Rubber recently stumbled across a brand-new 2023 Nissan Z. This is quite a rare find, considering the new Z isn't on sale yet. A truck full of Zs was spotted in Japan recently, but it's only going on sale in the spring of next year.

The condition of the Z and its numberplate reveal what it most likely is. It has obviously been in some minor fender bender as the fuel filler cap is missing and there are some weird scratches down the side. The car is also wearing manufacturer plates, which means it's like a pre-production homologation car. This car has had a hard life, which is fair. It's not like Z drivers are going to be easy on their cars, and the way this one gets launched isn't soft either.

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Burnt Rubber/YouTube
Burnt Rubber/YouTube
Burnt Rubber/YouTube

The YouTubers checked if the car is unlocked, which it was. Going one step further, they decide to pop the hood to get a glimpse of the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6. It's the same engine used in the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport, and it produces 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. One of the guys in the video just happens to own a Q60, and he states that the engine bay looks exactly the same, apart from the strut brace.

After what appears to be a long time (they waited for the sun to move) the driver of the Z appears. Even when it's just idling, it already emits a low rumbling noise. The driver then does something completely unexpected. Normally manufacturers don't want you to see and hear stuff before you're supposed to, but the kind driver promises to give them a hard launch.

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Burnt Rubber/YouTube

You can hear that it has some sort of launch control system. The revs go up and the car hunkers down while it's building boost, and then it sets off with minimal tire slip. It makes quite an impressive getaway, and you can skip ahead to 4:50 to see the launch. Nissan has stated that it's not interested in 0-60 mph times, although the new Z will be a lot quicker than its naturally aspirated predecessor. Instead, Nissan went for a responsive and enjoyable ride that you can enjoy on the track. For a company not interested in straight-line speed, they seem to have nailed it.

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Burnt Rubber/YouTube
Burnt Rubber/YouTube

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