That Nissan Z was highly anticipated, especially after the decade in which the 370Z was on sale. Buyers and fans have been ready for something new. While the Z has been on sale for over a year now, many buyers haven’t been able to get their hands on one for a number of reasons. That hasn’t stopped Nissan from going ahead and developing a high-performance one version of the Z. Enter the 2024 Nissan Z NISMO.
Nissan stuck to the same playbook it used formerly 370Z NISMO: a little more power and trail treats. NISMO reworked the Z’s twin-turbo V6 with improved cooling, improved boost and turbine speed on the turbochargers, and ignition spark timing based on the GT-R NISMOs. Engine oil cooling has also been improved for track operation. The result is 420 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, a 20 horsepower, and 34 lb-ft of torque increase over the standard Z.
The Z has nine steps The transmission and performance settings have also been slightly tweaked. The engine management software was tweaked, resulting in downshift times that have been halved compared to the standard Nissan Z’s Performance trim. A more aggressive launch control has been added, as well as a new Sport + drive mode, which Nissan says has shift programming specifically tuned for track driving.
Underneath the Z NISMO, the chassis has been stiffened. There are front and rear floor stiffeners, Nissan says, that help improve torsional rigidity by 2.5 percent. To increase lateral stiffness, the front and rear suspension bushings were stiffened, as well as a stiffer mounting bush for the steering rod.
None of this means anything without the aero goodies that come with it. Up front, the front fascia features a styling element Nissan calls the “Grand-Nose” or “G-Nose”, a design that extends the front of the vehicle further forward than normal. If you want to see something similar, Nissan did the same thing on the 1971 240ZG (the G stood for the aforementioned nose). The redesigned front fascia features a mesh grille Nissan says is the thinnest they’ve ever put on a production car; this creates less drag and allows more engine cooling. There are canards in the front corners for even more aero performance.
Around the back is a three-piece spoiler that is both taller and wider, wide enough to extend into the corners of the rear bumper; the corners of the bumper have also been reshaped to reduce drag.
For pictures, there’s a black-painted roof and black 19-inch lightweight RAYS wheels with stickier Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT600 tires lifted straight from the GT-R. The Z NISMO also gets bigger brakes with improved cooling for track driving; there is 15-inch rotors in the front and 13.8-inch rotors in the rear.
The Z NISMO’s interior gets a slight makeover. There is leather and Alcantara-covered Recaro sports seats with red centers and headrests with “NISMO” logo, leather and Alcantara upholstery steering wheel with a red stripe in the 12 position and red engine start/stop and drive mode buttons. The driver’s TFT display has a red outline with the “NISMO” logo and a special start-up animation that flashes red.
Nissan isn’t talking pricing yet, but told me they’ll announce it before the Z NISMO hits dealers in the autumn. Considering the last 370Z NISMO started just under $46,000, I would expect the 2024 Z NISMO to start much closer to $50,000.