The 2023 Nissan Z Takes the Lead Against the 2023 Toyota Supra

March 17th, 2023 by

Nissan Ellicott City 2023 Nissan Z

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It took over a decade, but Nissan has updated the 370Z. Its 2023 variant is now called “the Z,” and it has its sights set on the new Toyota Supra. Two legendary names face off against each other for the first time since the 1990s. Is the Z a more optimal choice for enthusiasts than the Supra for high-performance exhilaration? Here are reasons that may give the Z a considerable advantage.

Greater Power

The last time the Supra and Z were rivals, 320 horsepower twin-turbo V-6 engines powered both sports cars. This time, the Nissan Z is equipped with a 400-horsepower twin turbo V-6 engine. That is comparable to eighteen more ponies than the new Toyota Supra’s 382 horsepower BMW-sourced turbocharged inline-6. Even though the Supra’s powertrain has been proven to be a piece of ironclad equipment and has the support of the BMW tuning community, the Z’s powertrain has been utilized in the Q50 and Q60 Red Sport. Several companies have tuned the motor up to 800 and 1,000 horsepower with quarter-mile times landing squarely in the 10-second range. That figure equates to an enviable amount of acceleration.

Modern Design Still Connects to the Past

Toyota started from scratch with the Supra’s design and had no link to the previous versions. Frankly, Toyota could have at least made an effort to have the taillights resemble those of the mk4 Supra, but they concluded not to. On the other hand, modern Z’s such as the Nissan 350Z and 370Z has always drawn some style inspiration from classic Z’s. The new one is no different. For example, the front end harkens back to the long nose of the 240GZ, while the taillights are a modern take on those found on the 1990 Z32 300ZX.

In other words, the 2023 Nissan Z cuts a strikingly attractive profile. Even though it appears more elegant when viewed from its wide rear fascia, the long, boxed-out snout of the new Z is equally effective at communicating its vitality as a car that longs to be driven. The coupe’s persistent heritage has worked wonders for maintaining a relevant exterior aesthetic without needing a clean-slate redesign. Speaking of design, at first glance, the Toyota Supra has aggressive-looking ducts and vents that belie their very docile nature; none are open or functional. In contrast, the Z keeps things simple and refined with a large, functioning front grille and swooping body lines.

Interior Comfort

Within the cabin, the Z hosts a combination of classic and modern technology. On top of the dashboard is a trio of round gauges, similar to the original 240Z, 350Z, and 370Z. Additionally, the gauge cluster in front of the driver is a large digital screen. Unlike the Supra, where some information in the cluster is fixed, the Z’s instrument cluster is completely customizable. The consumer can configure it in any way they see fit. As a notable extra feature, it also presents a shift light for reaching the optimal revolutions per minute when competing. 

Exceptional Value

The introductory edition of the Toyota Supra has a price tag of just over $43,000 MSRP (Plus destination fee) for the 2023 model year. If the customer desires a turbo-six power engine, they must increase that starting amount by a hefty $10,000. The 2023 Nissan Z, in contrast, includes its 400 horsepower engine on every trim and is priced at a cool $39,990 MSRP (Plus destination fee) to start with. That is undoubtedly a degree of savings that the 2023 Toyota Supra cannot contend with.

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