The 2023 Nissan Z is still pretty fresh in the field but, as with its predecessors, Nissan already has plans to race it. There have long been rumors that a GT4 variant was coming, but now Nissan has finally revealed the car.
The Nissan Z GT4 was developed by Nissan Motorsports (Nismo) in Japan. Unlike some race cars that are just fiberglass shells on a bespoke tube frame chassis, the Z conforms to global GT4 rules. This means it is based on the actual road car, but delivered as body-in-white to racing teams. A test car has already been put through its paces at the 24 Hours of Fuji in June, as well as the Japanese Super Taikyu endurance series.
Nissan is silent on specifics, but says it’s tuned the VR30DDTT twin-turbo V6 engine, which produces 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque in road trim. The chassis and suspension have also been reworked, likely with structural-strengthening changes and spine-throbbing suspension. Nissan says the cockpit is guaranteed to work for drivers of all types, and in the photos we can see a roll cage.
Visually, the Z GT4 is distinguished by two large cooling vents on the hood, as well as hood pins at the corners. The front grille is now a mesh design that covers the entire opening. A front splitter and canards in the corners make it a useful looking machine, while a rear spoiler and center LED brake light in the valance complete the rear.
The price was not mentioned, but as an example, the Toyota Supra GT4 race car costs around $205,000. Nissan says it will provide more details at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, scheduled for Nov. 1-4. Deliveries start in the first half of 2023 and hopefully soon after we’ll see it take on GT4 versions of the Supra, Mustang, Cayman 718 and BMW M4.
“Motorsport for Nissan is the expression of our passion and unparalleled expertise. The Nissan Z continues to maintain its position as an exciting sports car that fascinates drivers with its driving dynamics and flexible powertrain,” said Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta. “We are confident that this track-ready GT4-class Nissan Z will be ready to write another chapter in the Nissan Z’s 50-plus-year speed heritage.”