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Living with the 2024 Nissan Z Nismo: Initial Impressions

Living with the 2024 Nissan Z Nismo: Initial Impressions

The 2024 Nissan Z Nismo, with its twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, brings a sportier and more performance-oriented flavor to the Z lineup. Here are the initial impressions of living with the Nissan Z Nismo:

What’s Good So Far:

  1. Ease of Driving: In Standard mode, the Z Nismo is described as easy to drive, not feeling dramatically different from the normal Z. This suggests that it can be a daily driver without the need for constant adjustments.
  2. Aesthetics: The Z Nismo’s aggressive aesthetics, including two-tone paint, red accents, and 19-inch wheels, contribute to its standout and aggressive appearance. The visual enhancements add to the overall appeal.
  3. Fun Factor: The car is deemed fun, even on regular roads. The enjoyment factor is highlighted, emphasizing that the Z Nismo maintains its fun characteristics even outside of a track environment.

What’s Less Than Good So Far:

  1. Accessibility: Getting in and out of the Z Nismo can be a challenge. The aggressive seat bolstering and narrow entryway contribute to a less-than-ideal accessibility experience, which is acknowledged as a common challenge in sports cars.
  2. Suspension Stiffness: The suspension, even in the softest setting, is noted as harsh. The extra stiffness of the Nismo model can result in a rattling and rough ride. The sports seats are also criticized for lacking sufficient support.
  3. Transmission Issues: The absence of a manual gearbox is highlighted as a downside. While Nissan defends the use of a nine-speed automatic for its perceived track benefits, the reviewer expresses a preference for a more responsive transmission.

The initial impressions provide a snapshot of the Z Nismo’s characteristics and how it performs in daily use. The review suggests a mix of positive and negative aspects, with the car delivering on aesthetics and fun but facing challenges in terms of accessibility, ride comfort, and transmission responsiveness. Further insights and a comprehensive review are anticipated for a more detailed assessment of the Nissan Z Nismo’s overall performance and value proposition.

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