Battle of the 2023 Nissan Z Trims: Sport vs Performance

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The redesigned Nissan Z is almost here! It’s a new sports car featuring a twin-turbo V6 engine.
It comes in two different trim grades: the Z Sport and the Z Performance. How do these Nissan Z models compare?
A 2023 Nissan Z on display overlooking a city
It’s hard to go wrong with the 2023 Nissan Z.

2023 Nissan Z Sport vs Performance

Motor Trend notes that the Nissan Z line started out in America with the Datsun 240Z, all the way back in 1969. Yep, same year as the Beatles’ Abbey Road.
For 2023, Nissan will be dropping the numerical prefix from the seventh-gen Z model. It’s a very modern move, as Nissan Z packs more of a punch than ‘Nissan insert-digits-here Z.’
All Nissan Z models are powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6.
The engine is rated at 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the outgoing 370Z, the Z is up by 60 hp and 80 lb-ft.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard on both trims, but an optional nine-speed automatic is available.
The Z Sport is the base trim, so it won’t be as good overall as the Z Performance when they arrive in showrooms in Spring 2022.
Of course, that means Z Sport will be more affordable. It’s predicted to cost around $34,000 to $36,000, with the Z Performance several thousand more expensive.

Which 2023 Nissan Z trim looks better?

You can tell the designers put thought into the paint names.
Both trims are available in the same three monochromic options: Black Diamond Metallic, Gun Metallic, and Rosewood Metallic.
Six two-tone schemes are also available: Brilliant Silver, Boulder Gray, Seiran Blue, Ikazuchi Yellow, Passion Red TriCoat, and Everest White Pearl TriCoat.
The Performance does come out on top a little, since it has a few styling and aerodynamic enhancements. Front and rear spoilers reduce lift and there are also sports dual exhaust outlets.
As for the interior, both Sport and Performance can come in Red, Black, or Blue (less imaginative names than the paint finishes).
They have the same 12.3-inch digital display. It’s fully configurable, allowing for extra usability.
Infotainment-wise, Sport has an 8.0 inch touchscreen whereas Performance has a 9.0 inch.
Performance adds sweet leather seats that are both four-way power-adjustable and heated.
Performance also has a much improved audio system. It’s got an eight-speaker Bose with active noise cancellation and sound enhancement, perfect for listening to the beats while you’re on the road.
In the end, the Performance has clear improvements over the Sport.
Once Nissan releases more exact prices, it will be up to car buyers to see whether the extra cost is worth it.

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