When everyone, it seems, is going electric in some form, Nissan has decided to zag with one of the most revered sports cars.
The redesigned, seventh-generation Nissan Z still features a classic long, sloped hood, wide rear flanks and a squared-off Kamm tail that recall early, 1970s versions of the storied nameplate, known then as the Datsun 240Z.
But the rear-drive Z now packs a record 400 hp with a 3.0-liter turbocharged twin-turbo V-6 engine, an increase of 50 hp over the previous 370Z's output. The power plant can be bolted to a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
The latest Z is 4.9 inches longer than the outgoing model, with the extra sheet metal packed in the nose. The twin-turbo engine mandates heat exchangers, with an air-to-liquid intercooler and transmission and oil coolers packaged alongside the radiator and AC condenser.
Nissan is keeping it simple by making active safety features standard on the two trims available: Sport and Performance. Even the name is simpler for 2023: Just "Z."
The goal is simple: deliver plenty of old-school street cred for fans and enthusiasts of old-fashioned petroleum power. Nissan even splurged on some Super Bowl advertising to herald the latest Z car.
We've rounded up some early reviews from the automotive press.