Nissan has previously released a 45-second teaser video of the jacked-up Z burning quite a bit of rubber. Now, Nissan has given us the full reveal of the 2024 Nissan Z NISMO.
The NISMO makeover is concentrated on improvements to the track-driving experience, both mechanically and cosmetically. This represents a slight improvement over the Nissan Z Performance model.
The Nissan Z Performance variant comes with a limited-slip differential, larger wheels and brakes, a firmer chassis, and nicer seats; the NISMO version takes all of that to the next level by adding revised bodywork, stickier tyres, and increased power.
The front fascia has been visually redesigned by Nissan to resemble the G-Nose on the Fairlady 240ZG. This is one of the most noticeable exterior alterations. In order to provide the engine with more cooling, the grille aperture on the new nose has been modified and is now filled with a fine honeycomb mesh.
This variant stands out thanks to NISMO logos and a black-painted roof, as well as a red stripe that extends all the way to the back that should serve as a visual cue that this is the NISMO variant.
Other aerodynamic modifications include a three-piece rear spoiler that blends into the top of the rear quarters and extensions at the front corners to guide wind past the wheels. The Z NISMO sits on 19-inch wheels, the same as the Z Performance, except these are gloss black and 0.5 inches wider.
The back wheels have a complete tyre patch on 10.5-inch rollers, while the front wheels are 10 inches wide. They are lighter than those on the Performance while being bigger. Nissan fits Dunlop SP Sport MAXX GT600 tyres to the new wheels.
Larger 4-piston callipers, 15.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear brake rotors, and heavy-duty brake pads are mounted behind the wheels. Additional bracing under the car and around the car are among the chassis improvements that increase torsional stiffness by 2.5 percent over the Z Performance.
The track-ready NISMO returns to steel driveshafts rather than the carbon driveshaft found on the other Z. Larger dampers, stronger mounting points, and stiffer bushings all improve the track agility of the NISMO.
Only the nine-speed automatic gearbox will be offered with the Z NISMO, but it has been modified with NISMO-exclusive clutch packs and engine management software, making downshifts almost twice as quick and launch control more aggressive at the beginning. There is also a Sport+ driving option that is made to downshift so quickly that the driver doesn’t even need to use the shift paddles.
Based on the GT-R NISMO, the twin-turbo 3.0-litre V-6 engine receives improved cooling, a revised wastegate, and performance-enhancing ignition timing. The result is a 20hp and 46Nm of torque increase over the basic Z.
With a peak torque range between 2000 and 5200 rpm, the Z NISMO produces 420hp and 520Nm of torque. You can use all that power on the track for a longer period of time thanks to the engine’s larger oil cooler.
The driving mode selector and the anodized Stop/Start button inside carry on the red colour scheme. New visuals in the digital display flash a NISMO-only animation while mirroring the exterior’s red outline.
The steering wheel was updated with a red accent mark at the top, and the leather and fabricated suede Recaro seats (manually adjustable only) include a red centre and NISMO insignia on the headrest.
There are five possible colours for the Z NISMO, of which four are standard across all Z trims: Brilliant Silver, Passion Red, Black Diamond Pearl, and Everest White Pearl. The fifth colour, the slate-blue Stealth Grey, is only available for the Z NISMO.
According to the Nissan website, the price for the Z NISMO in Japan is around ¥9,200,400 (RM291,299) and will go on sale in the U.S. market in September.