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2024 Nissan Z Nismo

The 2024 Nissan Z Nismo has finally arrived, thanks to widespread demand, adding greater performance to the already superb sports vehicle and a more eye-catching appearance that will surely please aficionados. The Z Nismo will go on sale this autumn, even though the price in the United States has not yet been disclosed.

Beginning with the aerodynamic front, Nissan boldly proclaims that the Z Nismo creates "positive downforce" due to several new components. One of these is a new front bumper and splitter set called the "Grand-Nose" or "G-Nose" that projects further forward and borrows styling cues from the Faily 240ZG. In order to produce vortexes above the front wheels, the redesigned bumper also incorporates canards at each corner of the bumper.

Along the sides, revised sills that lower drag and lift are added, along with a more noticeable lip spoiler that continues onto the rear fenders. Nissan's engineers have also changed the rear bumper to lessen drag. The car also has a pair of distinctive 19-inch Rays wheels with gloss black finishes. Customers will have the option of ordering the vehicle in one of the following colours: Stealth Grey, Passion Red TriCoat, Brilliant Silver, Everest White Pearl TriCoast.

Nissan has as expected also made improvements to the vehicle's handling. New stabilizer bars, a stronger spring rate, and bigger, retuned dampers are a few examples. New Dunlop SP Sport MAXX GT600 tires that are 285/35 at the rear axle and 10 mm wider than the conventional Z Performance tires are also included as standard equipment. The aforementioned 19-inch wheels are a bit lighter than the Z's stock wheels and measure 10 inches wide up front and 10.5 inches wide at the back. Additional front, back, and rear underfloor bracing as well as firmer front and rear suspension bushings help the car's performance even further. A stronger mounting bushing is another element of the steering rack.

Nissan's 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine now has better cooling, and the electronic wastegate management has been updated to maximise turbocharger boost and turbine speed. With notable gains of 20 horsepower and 34 lb-ft above the normal model, the engine produces 420 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. It also includes an upgraded engine oil cooler as standard.

However, not all of it is good news. The six-speed manual of the basic model is not an option because, as rumours had suggested, Nissan created the Z Nismo to only have a nine-speed automatic transmission. Nissan claims that the nine-speed vehicle's redesigned clutch packs and enhanced engine management software have reduced downshift times by nearly 50%. Additionally, a launch control system and a Sport+ driving mode with a shift program suited for racetracks have been introduced.

Red engine start/stop and driving mode buttons, updated graphics for the digital instrument cluster, Recaro seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara, and a new steering wheel also covered in leather and Alcantara round out the modifications made to the Nissan Z Nismo.

TopGear Magazine February 2024