The ultimate review of the 2023 Nissan Z, including a track battle with the Toyota GR Supra and SCCA Hall-of-Fame race car driver Randy Pobst!
In this episode of ICONS, Webby award-winning journalist Jason Cammisa shines perspective on the New Z, comparing it to the original Datsun 240Z, and then taking us on a journey from the traditional sports-car to today’s car of choice: the SUV.
With a Supra vs Z lap battle — complete with Streets of Willow lap times set by Randy Pobst — an impromptu drift-off, this is everything you need to know about the new Z.
Including why the original Z was such a big deal — changing what the term “sports car” meant when it replaced the typically British two-seat roadster.
Bob Ross blames wage stagnation for sports cars becoming bigger, heavier, and more practical. As we move through the decades, the hottest cars then went to Hot Hatches and then Hot Sedans before now landing on fast SUVs.
The Mazda Miata is the only “British roadster” left. And it’s brilliant.
The Hyundai Veloster N is the best hot-hatch money can buy.
The Subaru WRX is the hot sedan for every man with a baby.
The Jaguar F-Pace SVR is The Fun One — an SUV that does what SUVs should never do. Including sound like a NASCAR.
And the Z and Supra? They have just enough practicality to be usable daily drivers but remind us that looking good is never going out of style.