It’s a big year for Nissan’s iconic Z sports car, which has been redesigned into an all-new seventh generation model. For the first time, the car’s name does not include a numerical designation, and is simply called the Z.
Nissan offers the Z in Sport and Performance trim levels. In both, power is from a turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine, which comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission that you can option to a nine-speed automatic.
Sport’s standard kit includes auto on/off LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, passive keyless entry, automatic A/C, an auto-dimming mirror, digital gauges, front and rear parking sensors, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. Sport trim also includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams.
Performance models add a limited-slip differential, 19-inch wheels, a garage door remote, heated/power-adjustable leather seats, and eight-speaker audio. Here, the automatic gearbox is bundled with a sport exhaust and trim-specific paddle shifters.
Performance trim can be optioned with a Proto Spec package of yellow brake calipers, bronze wheels, and yellow interior accent stitching.
Nissan’s fuel consumption estimates are 12.3/8.6 L/100 km (city/highway) with the automatic transmission, and 13.4/10.0 L/100 km in stickshift cars.
The Nissan Z’s primary competitor is the Toyota GR Supra, but you’d do well to cross-shop it against the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. You might also consider the Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche Cayman.