Nissan Z Nismo Gets Modest Power Bump and Loses Manual Option
Nissan pulled back the curtain on the new Z Nismo, officially showing the car that so many have speculated about in recent months. It gets a tiny bit more power, some handling upgrades, and one fewer transmission choice: It's automatic only.
The car’s twin-turbo V6 is cranked up by 20 horsepower for a total of 420, and torque is up to 384 pound-feet. While that’s not a massive boost in output, the car got a series of other changes designed to improve cooling and handling. The engine oil cooler is improved, and the nine-speed automatic gearbox got new clutch packs that bring faster shifting.
Nissan improved the car’s aerodynamics to create meaningful downforce, and it gets unique Rays wheels wrapped in Dunlop rubber. Keeping those tires on the ground is a completely retuned suspension system and extra body reinforcements that Nissan said improve rigidity. Unfortunately, changes have added more than 100 pounds to the Z’s curb weight, bringing it to over 3,700 pounds.
The Nismo’s auto-only arrival is likely disappointing to many buyers, but it’s not a guarantee we won’t see one down the road. Pricing is still unknown, but the car’s positioning will probably give it a hefty premium over the standard model. On top of that, dealers are already marking up the regular Z, so there’s a good chance the Nismo ends up priced out of reach for many.
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