2023 Nissan Z opens at $41,015, performance model tops $51,000

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  • The 2023 Nissan Z has a starting price of $41,015, about $12,000 less than a base six-cylinder Toyota Supra.
  • The Performance model starts at $51,015, but that extra $10,000 adds better brakes, bigger wheels with stickier tires, and more.
  • The Proto Spec is limited to 240 copies and comes fully loaded with exclusive yellow accents for $54,015.

    When the new Nissan Z finally makes its triumphant return to the streets, it will do so with a starting price lower than its rival, the Toyota Supra, by nearly $12,000. That’s because the base model of the 2023 Z opens at $41,015 with either the six-speed manual transmission or the nine-speed automatic transmission. Yes, the 2023 Supra also gets a three-pedal setup, but models with the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six should still cost at least $53,000.

    Even in its base form, the new Z isn’t a stripped-down model aimed at rental fleets, though we’d be happy to see it offered at the Hertz counter. Instead, the standard coupe is nicely outfitted with a customizable 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cloth seats with microsuede inserts and a myriad of driver assistance functions. Oh yeah, and did we mention it has a 400-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6? Nissan Stans will surely be quick to point out that’s 18 horsepower more than the Supra. Sure, Toyota slappies can cheer with their car’s torque advantage (368 lb-ft vs. 350).

    The Z’s price increases by $10,000 if you opt for the Performance model, which has the same powertrain but adds a handful of track-focused hardware. Starting at $51,015, the Z Performance gets upgraded brakes, a limited-slip differential and larger wheels with stickier tires. While the base model rolls on 18-inch rims, the Performance version has 19-inch forged rollers wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza S007 rubber with staggered widths of 255 front and 275 rear. The sizable extra also includes a larger 9.0-inch touchscreen, a Bose sound system with more speakers, and a leather and faux-suede interior with heated seats.

    For collectors, Nissan offers the 2023 Z in Proto Spec. The company will only sell 240 copies at launch, each priced at $54,015. In addition to all the goodies found on the Performance model, the Proto Spec can be visually identified by its unique gunmetal-colored rims, yellow paint and large amount of yellow accents – a similar look to the Z Proto that was revealed before the production launch of the car. The yellow trim extends to the brake calipers and contrast stitching inside the leather seats.

    Originally slated to hit showrooms this spring, Nissan has moved the Z’s US arrival date to this summer. The company said the setback was due to “unforeseen supply chain issues”. Either way, we can’t wait to get our sweaty hands on one to take on this other recently revived two-door, rear-drive coupe. You know this one.

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