Report: Next Nissan Z NISMO To Be Automatic Only

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

report next nissan z nismo to be automatically only

A report is suggesting, based on order guides, that the next Nissan Z NISMO will be automatic transmission only. Say it ain't so.

We asked Nissan if this is true, and a PR rep told me we'd just have to "wait and see."

The car was teased yesterday, though we didn't yet have this information. We're hoping that this report is somehow wrong -- a car like the Z is almost always better with a manual, and I enjoyed testing a manual Z last year.

I guess we'll see if there's more to the story, but right now, from what we can see, the NISMO will be two-pedal only.


[Image: Nissan via YouTube]

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  • Jpolicke Jpolicke on Jun 23, 2023

    As long as it's not their crap CVT there's hope.

  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Jun 24, 2023

    As long as a manual is still offered somewhere in the lineup.

  • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Jun 25, 2023

    I hope they make an even higher spec Tassos Edition.

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    • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Jun 27, 2023

      This is Nissan so most of the components, specifically that chassis, is bang on 15 years old already, so I guess they are all Tassos Edition.

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Jun 25, 2023

    Manuals used to have fuel savings, better acceleration, and the fun-factor to commend them, but with ECUs in control of automatic transmissions for optimal performance, fuel economy, and emissions, the manual shift will just go the way of the manual choke.

    Drivers didn't miss that, or the Model-T spark adjustment either. Most drivers won't miss the manual shift, preferring to just get in, start the engine, and drive.

    I told my grandson how I'd cold start an early 1960s carbureted engine: put the key in the ignition, floor the accelerator to set the automatic choke and lift your foot halfway, then turn the key until the engine starts, then take your foot off the accelerator and let the car drop to idle for a minute until the oil and coolant are flowing, then put it in gear. He said, "That's stupid. The car should do all that FOR you."

    For various reasons, the methods of engagement of man and machine have been replaced by automation. Those of us who remember those old ways will have to get used to it. There's still fun to be had behind the wheel.

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    • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Jun 27, 2023

      Nobody enjoyed the choke, but people enjoy moving their own gears without restriction. It's like chambering a handgun, pure mechanical.