New 2024 Nissan Z Release Date, Changes, Models – The 2024 Nissan Z is one of the last of a vanishing breed of natively aspirated sports cars, which may be linked to the Nissan Z’s steadfast adherence to a classic-or some might say unrefined-mentality. As a result, the Nissan Z has remained relatively unchanged. In the year of the Z-50th car’s anniversary, the tiny two-door coupe has undergone few changes despite being on the market for more than a decade.
Although this uncompromising mentality makes the Nissan Z so desirable, it has gone on far beyond its expiration date, and its age is unavoidable. It particularly compared to more contemporary competitors in the class, such as the Toyota GR Supra. Nonetheless, the Z is equipped with a beefed-up version of the ordinary Nissan Z’s 3.7-liter V6 engine, which delivers 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via an engaging six-speed manual transmission or an available seven-speed automatic.
2024 Nissan Z Redesign
Though a 50th Anniversary Edition trim level has been added to the basic Z coupe lineup, based on the 2024 Nissan Z Sport trim level, the Z coupe remains unchanged for the new year. After more than a decade, it’s either time to bury the Z Coupe alongside its conventional Z Roadster cousin or give it a much-needed substantial overhaul.
While competitors benefit from cutting-edge technology, advanced production methods, and current features, the Z does the Z marquee a disservice. HID bi-functional xenon headlights and LED DRLs are encased in black arrowhead headlight bezels and adorn the deep, sculpted aluminum front fascia, further enhanced by a fully integrated chin spoiler with signature Z red stripe accents that extends to the unique side sill protectors. LED-illuminated Z side marker badges decorate the side fenders, while 19-inch Z forged aluminum RAYS wheels fill the wheel arches.
The Z’s age is immediately apparent upon entering the cabin; as a car that has received little attention since its 2009 debut, the cockpit mimics that of a commercial jet, with an assortment of gauges, knobs, and buttons strewn across the driver’s side dash and down the front center console. However, the functions are easy to understand, and the overall control arrangement is centered around the driver, making everything easy to reach.
Despite its age, the Z’s build quality is excellent. Nissan has lavished its interior with high-quality materials such as leather-appointed seats with Alcantara inserts and only a few hard-touch plastics. Concerning the seats themselves, they provide enough comfort but are on the stiffer side, with supportive bolstering focused on performance. There is ample in-cabin space throughout, but occupants are likely to bump elbows sometimes with only a short center armrest separating the seats.
While the Z’s overall interior space is considerable, especially for tall individuals, finding a good driving posture can be challenging due to limited seating and steering adjustments. The Alcantara-trimmed Recaro racing seats are a nice addition to the Z, but their low-slung design makes them difficult to enter and exit without scuffing the bolsters. They are shaped to be comfortable and supportive, but they are not recommended for long drives.
The Z is powered by the same naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 engine found in the original Nissan Z, but has been tweaked to produce an additional 18 horsepower and six pound-feet of torque over the standard model, for a total output of 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft. A $1,850 Z-2.4-inch cat-back exhaust system can be added to the powerplant for an additional 5.3 horsepower and 2.5 lb-ft of torque, as well as a more aggressive exhaust noise. While the Z’s V6 engine isn’t very clean, it is a classic example of mechanical skill and a key part of the car’s powerful and raw feel.
The standard six-speed manual transmission complements the Z’s engaging driver engagement and includes SynchroRev Match technology that automatically blips the throttle to optimize smooth downshifts. Apart from being a real buzz-kill, the optional seven-speed automatic transmission is sluggish and clumsy. It detaches the driver from the Z’s intrinsic engagement. As any traditionalist will agree, the manual is simply a better match.
2024 Nissan Z Release Date and Price
The base MSRP for the 2024 Z is $45,790, the same as in 2019. Opting for the automatic transmission adds $1,400 to the price. This price does not include tax, registration, or licensing requirements, as well as Nissan’s $895 destination and handling fee. Although no special packages have been made for the Z, a variety of performance and aesthetic improvements are available. When fully outfitted, the Z’s base price will climb to a little over $50,000.