Nissan has unveiled the Nissan Z Nismo, an enhanced version of the latest generation of the Nissan Z. And it’s not just all show and no go as Z Nismo has been enhanced in terms of its engine, transmission, chassis, and braking.
First things first, Nismo has enhanced the Z’s engine to output 420 hp and 520 Nm, which is 20 hp and 46 Nm more than the regular Z. Changes done to the 3.0L V6 twin-turbo engine include improved cooling, a revised electronic wastegate control (that provides increased turbocharger boost and turbine speed), and independent ignition spark timing strategy that is inspired by the GT-R Nismo.
Paired with the engine is a 9-speed automatic transmission and this is the only gearbox choice for the Nissan Z Nismo, unfortunately. Nismo says that the automatic transmission has been enhanced for faster and more dynamic shifting performance, with a “particular focus on suitability for track use”. Enhancements to the transmission include revised clutch packs, faster downshift times, and a more aggressive launch control.
To enhance the driving experience of the Nissan Z Nismo, Nismo has given the Z a new “Sport+” drive mode that “delivers a more dynamic, racetrack-tuned shift program for circuit driving, taking advantage of the powertrain’s faster downshift capability”. With this mode, Nismo claims you barely have to use the paddle shifters as the transmission shift programming is already so responsive by itself.
Besides go-faster bits, Nismo has also stiffened up the chassis of the Nissan Z. Chassis enhancements include additional front, rear and rear underfloor bracing which helps to increase torsional rigidity by 2.5%. The Z has also been given stiffer front and rear suspension bushings, and a stiffer mounting bushing for the steering rack, further increasing lateral rigidity.
As for suspension, the Nissan Z Nismo gets a stiffer spring rate and larger, re-tuned dampers. Nissan says the Z Nismo’s suspension tuning allows for “one-shot” steering that helps drivers to pick their line through a turn with a minimum of steering adjustment needed. The Z Nismo sits on a set of Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT600 tyres that wrap around 19-inch Nismo-special Rays wheels.
Together with the performance enhancements come exterior and interior enhancements as well. The Z Nismo gets a restyled grille, canards and red accents at the front. At the back, it has a reshaped rear bumper and a wider rear spoiler. Inside, the Nissan Z Nismo gets anodized red buttons, a special Nismo start up sequence, and Recaro seats finished in a combination of leather and Alcantara.
The Nissan Z made its global debut in August 2021. It is not officially available in the Malaysian market.