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Nissan Z Gets Range of Performance Upgrades at SEMA From Nismo

Apr 21, 2023Apr 21, 2023

Highlights include a new coilover kit and a big-brake kit.

Nissan's tuning/motorsport arm, Nismo, has long offered a range of performance parts for the legendary Z car, and that's set to continue for the new model, the RZ34. For SEMA this year, Nissan and Nismo built up a new Z featuring all sorts of upgrades soon available for the 2023 Z, and it's not just cosmetic stuff.

New suspension components include a coilover kit that allows for ride height and rebound adjustment, adjustable anti-roll bars and a shock-tower brace. The car also gets Nismo suspension pieces already available for the new Z, as the base components are carried over from the old 370Z. This includes front upper wishbones and tie rods, end links, plus rear camber links, mid links, and traction arms.

There's also a gorgeous set of new Nismo LM-RS1 wheels, measuring 19x9.5 in the front, 19x10.5 in the rear. The rears are a half-inch wider than the stock Z Performance units, so this car sports slightly larger 285/35R-19 tires out back instead of the standard 275/35-R19s. (Front tires remain the same at 255/40R-19.) For extra grip, Nismo ditched the standard Bridgestone S007s for a set of the company's new RE-71RS 200-treadwear tires.

This car is also equipped with a Nismo big-brake kit, which includes larger slotted rotors front and rear plus 6-piston calipers up front and 4-pistons in the rear. The standard Z Performance uses 4-piston calipers up front and twin-pistons out back. Also included are new pads—which we've already tested on track and are excellent—and stainless steel lines.

The engine benefits from a new intake (pending CARB approval) and a new heat exchanger to reduce charge-air temperature. There's also a new stainless-steel exhaust system, and a new clutch and flywheel kit designed to handle up to 800 hp.

Naturally, there are visual upgrades, too, including carbon-fiber mirror caps, carbon-fiber steering wheel trim, aluminum fuel- and oil-filler caps, and a titanium shift knob.

Aside from the components that carry over from the 370Z, which are already on sale, these Z performance parts will be available at Nissan dealers early next year. All of this should make the Z even better on track, which sounds great to us.

A car enthusiast since childhood, Chris Perkins is Road & Track's engineering nerd and Porsche apologist. He joined the staff in 2016 and no one has figured out a way to fire him since. He street-parks a Porsche Boxster in Brooklyn, New York, much to the horror of everyone who sees the car, not least the author himself. He also insists he's not a convertible person, despite owning three.

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