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You could say that both Jay Leno and the Nissan Z are iconic in their own rights. Jay Leno is a famed comedian, talk show host, and long-time car guy. He hosts Jay Leno’s Garage, where he offers tours and presentations of some of the most incredible cars in the world. The new 2023 Nissan Z is already iconic for what it brings to the market. Let’s take a look.

What makes the 2023 Nissan Z a special car?

The side 3/4 view of a red 2023 Nissan Z Performance on a forest road
2023 Nissan Z Performance side 3/4 | Matthew Skwarczek, MotorBiscuit

You’ll be blown away as soon as you see what Nissan offers in this new sports car. This new Z-car reminds you of the original 1969 240Z with its attractive profile. You’ll see the long, low hood and short rear that made this car an instant icon in the automotive world. Around back, the LED taillights appear to come straight from the 300ZX, the Z-car of the 1980s through the mid-1990s.

Jay Leno really likes the new Z-car

The famed car guy, Jay Leno, who often drives old, classic, and hard-to-drive cars, took the new Nissan Z out for a spin. His impression of this car is that it’s the right balance of power and price, drives right, and feels great.

What are the colors for the 2023 Nissan Z?

The Nissan Z, like the BMW 230i, is faster than the Ford Mustang EcoBoost.
Nissan Z | Nissan

There are three monotone color choices for this new Nissan sports car. These colors are:

  • Black Diamond Metallic
  • Gun Metallic
  • Rosewood Metallic

Additionally, drivers can pair six colors with a black roof to give you a two-tone look to this car. These colors are:

  • Brilliant Silver
  • Boulder Gray
  • Seiran Blue
  • Ikazuchi Yellow
  • Passion Red TriCoat
  • Everest White Pearl TriCoat

What powertrain does this new sports car offer?

The powertrain for the Nissan Z is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. This engine attaches to either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission. The Z-car comes exclusively in RWD, which is perfect for this impressive mid-range sports car. The power offered reaches 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. This is good enough to allow this car to hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds using the manual transmission.

How much will the 2023 Nissan Z cost?

A yellow 2023 Nissan Z in a black room.
2023 Nissan Z | Nissan Motor Corporation

This new Nissan sports car starts at $39,990 for the base model and offers a price of $49,990 for the Z Performance edition of this car. There’s also a limited-edition Proto Spec model that comes in at $52,990, but only 240 versions of this special trim are offered.

What does the Proto Spec model give you?

If you’re one of the lucky few to enjoy the 2023 Nissan Z Proto Spec model, you’ll have:

  • Trim-specific yellow exterior paint
  • Contrasting black roof
  • Bronze-colored alloy wheels
  • Yellow brake calipers
  • Black leather interior with yellow stitching
  • Yellow trim accents on the dash and door panels

Is the new 2023 Nissan Z available now?

The 2023 Nissan Z parked in a spot
The 2023 Nissan Z was my favorite car of the day. | Joe Santos, MotorBiscuit

This new Nissan sports car should be available for purchase now. Nissan announced earlier that they would offer this car in the Summer of 2022, and that time has almost passed.

Next, check out some reasons a sedan might be better than an SUV, or learn more about how Jay Leno feels about the new 2023 Nissan Z in the video below:


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