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The Drive spoke with Paul Hawson, Nissan's director of advanced product planning and strategy, and apparently he wants a more performance oriented Z and that the Z can handle more than 400 horsepower. hopefully that means the Nismo Z.

****After watching all the Vegas driving videos and reading too many articles on the Z, I’d have to swap out the Bridgestones for Michelins or Pirellis to maximize the Z’s performance. We’ll see what the Nismo wears as I’m trying to wait for that car.

Now, Hawson couldn't speculate on future products from the automaker—he cannot outright tell any publication that a certain product is on the way or in development, even if he is responsible for it. However, we asked a few of the right questions and, despite being unable to speculate, Hawson did get very close to telling us what we all want to hear.

He didn't mince his words when it came to the fact that he wants a Z that's even more performance-oriented. Speaking of drivers who always want more, he told me, “Let’s just say we know that customer, and we try to address that customer’s needs.” Now, that could mean anything from a simple tune to a slew of hardware changes, but rest assured, we can be confident that something is very likely in the pipeline.

“It can handle more,” he told me, clearly leaving the door open for a higher horsepower Nismo-branded Z. "[There are] people that want to keep it stock forever—you know some of those people, I have friends like that—and then there are other people that are more like me, that are tuning crazy," he said.
Thanks for posting this. I don’t think it was any secret we were getting a Nismo, but it’s nice to hear it seems to be in the works. Regarding “stock forever”, I prefer bolt-ons so as not to trash my warranty. If the Nismo gets a mild tune (which seems all the more likely now), that’ll be all I need as I figure it’s a sub-four second car as is. With another 15-30hp, perhaps closer to mid/upper threes which would be all I need before I die. THAT and for Nissan to heed what I said about… see my earlier post with the orange Fairlady photo. Thanks again for the post
 

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this is the same car as this mystery car as it has the old 370z wheels

 

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Translated from Best Car Japan.


■Nissan Fairlady Z NISMO (scheduled for summer 2023)
- Put all the technology cultivated in the race

The new Z, for which purchase reservations have begun, is said to be equipped with Nismo specifications around the summer of next year. If Supra is GRMN, Z is Nismo. It's a natural strategy.

The contents of the improvement are in line with other Nismo versions, and in addition to the exclusive interior and exterior with red accents, the suspension is strengthened, and in the case of the Z, there is the possibility of increasing the power of the V6, 3L twin turbo engine from 405ps. .

The tires are likely to be exclusive 20-inch specifications.

The new Z has started participating in super endurance races, and the development of GT4 vehicles is also progressing. There is no doubt that the know-how cultivated in these will be put into this Nismo version. The price is expected to be 8-9 million yen. This is also likely to be a fierce competition.
 

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best car is kind of hit or miss on this type stuff but over the years they have had some accurate info. nothing in that paragraph that is really news worthy other than a time frame and the speculative cost which is about that I predicted in another thread we were talking about it being 65K+ or 9 million yen(ish)
 

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best car is kind of hit or miss on this type stuff but over the years they have had some accurate info. nothing in that paragraph that is really news worthy other than a time frame and the speculative cost which is about that I predicted in another thread we were talking about it being 65K+ or 9 million yen(ish)
Dang...65k? It better be 100+ pounds lighter and a decent size power jump and come in Bayside Blue please lol.
 

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new render from Best Car Japan

article states look for a debut next summer

Nissan Fairlady Z NISMO (debut summer 2023)
Transplanted the running that has been trained in Super Taikyu

The Nismo version is waiting for the new Z that has just started selling. It is likely to appear around next summer, one year after its release.

Like the existing Nismo version, it is equipped with special equipment with red accents on the interior and exterior, and the suspension and brakes are strengthened to increase the potential.

However, there is a possibility that the new Z will power up the 405ps V6, 3L twin turbo. Of course, 6MT is also set in addition to 9AT.

The new Z has started participating in the Super Endurance Race, and the technical know-how obtained from actual racing has been incorporated into the NISMO version.

Nismo is also proceeding with the development of a GT4 vehicle that will be dedicated to racing, and it is likely that the knowledge gained from that will also be put to good use.

In other words, it will be a more racy and authentic Nismo version than ever before. Compared to the normal 18-inch and 19-inch, the Nismo version has a larger capacity 20-inch tire.

There is also a strengthening of the suspension that corresponds to that, and it seems that you can enjoy a powerful run.

The expected price is 8 million to 9 million yen. Like the improved GT-R model above, there is no doubt that this will also be a fierce competition.





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