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2023 Nissan Z Debuts Today: See The Livestream

It was way back at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show where the 370Z was unveiled and it wasn’t until last September when Nissan first previewed a successor by introducing the Z Proto. The time has finally come for the production version to break cover, billed as an “all-new Z” ready to lure in enthusiasts looking for a budget-friendly sports car.

During the many months that have passed since the prototype’s debut, Nissan has been tight-lipped about the car’s technical specifications. That being said, it is widely believed the next-generation Z will employ the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 found in the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport where the VR30DDTT makes 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet (475 Newton-meters) of torque. Rumors of a hotter Nismo version are already swirling around.

It should be noted Nissan did reveal some preliminary technical specifications when it took the wraps off the Z Proto. These included a twin-turbo V6 and a manual gearbox in a rear-wheel-drive coupe package, so we’re looking forward to learning all there is to know about the road-going model. Spy shots have revealed the styling will remain largely faithful to the prototype, which was a tad larger than the ancient 370Z.

While the exterior will be a retro-influenced affair, the cabin will represent a radical departure from the outgoing Z by finally upgrading to the sort of tech you’d expect from a car available in the 2020s. A fully digital 12.3-inch driver’s display will replace the old-school analog dials and will be complemented by a generously sized touchscreen for the infotainment system. Atop the center console will be three individual analog dials showing battery voltage, boost pressure, and turbo rpm.

2023 Nissan Z Debuts Today: See The Livestream

Nissan has confirmed plans to sell the new Z with an optional automatic transmission and that “some appropriate performance [version]” is on the agenda, potentially the aforementioned Nismo. The RWD machine should use an overhauled version of the current platform underneath an all-new body, while a roadster body style was “up for debate” back in September 2020.

Further down the line, Nissan has not excluded the possibility of installing a hybrid powertrain, which isn’t all that surprising given the increasingly tighter emissions regulations. Speaking of which, stricter laws in Europe corroborated with a shrinking sports car market, will be keeping the Z out of the Old Continent.

The livestream will start at 8 PM ET (12 AM GMT / 9 AM JST, August 18).

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