The 2024 Nissan Z Nismo has finally made its international debut as the most potent Z car ever. This high-performance variant offers significant frontal upgrades over the standard model. The company claims that the Z Nismo's aesthetic tweaks enhance its aerodynamic performance on the racecourse and further enable it to generate positive downforce. It also includes a stronger engine, a distinctive design, and an improved chassis. Both the entry-level Z Sport and mid-range Z Performance versions come with a six-speed manual gearbox. However, this version has made its entry globally with a revised nine-speed automatic gearbox and a Track mode for quicker shifts. Let's quickly go through the features, design, and other specifications of this track-oriented Nismo variant of the Nissan Z.
2024 Nissan Z Nismo: Engine
Propelling this new and potent Z is still a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6, however, Nissan claims that an upgraded engine oil cooler, greater boost, and aggressive timing have upped the engine's output to 414bhp and 384Nm. Compared to the base Z model, the engine now delivers an additional 20bhp and 34Nm. The sole gearbox available with this new high-performance variant is the nine-speed automated transmission, which according to the carmaker, has been reworked with stronger clutches, a new engine, and a gearbox tune, and further can shift nearly 50% faster than the base Z automatic variant. The automaker has also announced a Sport+ driving mode that is made to downshift so quickly that the driver doesn't even need to use the shift paddles. Additionally, a limited-slip differential with a clutch is used to transfer power to the back wheels.
2024 Nissan Z Nismo: Hardware & Chassis
The company asserts in its press release that the new version's chassis has been improved in a number of ways to better handling. Increased torsional rigidity of 2.5% for more bracing has been added to the front and back of the vehicle. Further, the suspension has updated anti-roll bars, firmer springs, and retuned shocks. In addition, stronger bushings for the steering rack and suspension have been fitted.
The new high-performance model has two-piston rear callipers and four-piston front brake callipers, similar to the Z Performance model. However, the front and rear brake rotors on this variant measure 15.0-inch and 13.8-inch, respectively, and are held in place by heavy-duty brake pads.
The Z Nismo sits on 19-inch wheels covered in Dunlop SP Sport MAXX GT600 tyres. According to the firm, the improved design has made these Nismo-specific wheels much lighter even though they are 0.5-inch wider than the 19-inch wheels on Z Performance (10 inches wide up front, 10.5 inches wide back).
2024 Nissan Z Nismo: Exterior & Interior
The front profile has been redesigned by the automaker to resemble the G-Nose on the Fairlady 240ZG, which is one of the most noticeable exterior alterations. To provide the engine with more cooling, the grille opening on the new nose has been modified and is now filled with a fine honeycomb mesh. That enlarged spoiler is boldly indicated in red. This variant gets Nismo logos and a black-painted roof. Also, the red stripe that extends to the back hints that this is the top Z model. Stealth Grey - a Nismo-only colour, Passion Red TriCoat, Brilliant Silver, Black Diamond Pearl, and Everest White Pearl TriCoat are the five paint schemes available for this car.
Moving to the inside, the Red dominates the colour palette of the drive mode selector and the internal anodised Stop/Start button. New visuals in the digital display flash a Nismo-only animation upon startup, complementing the red colour scheme of the exterior. A red accent mark has been added to the top of the steering wheel, and the leather and faux suede Recaro seats (which are only manually adjustable) now have a red centre and a Nismo insignia on the headrest.
2024 Nissan Z Nismo: Availability
According to market reports, the prices of this track-oriented Nismo variant of the Nissan Z will be made public in the autumn season of 2024.