The 2023 Nissan Z has a 400-hp twin-turbo V-6. It’s roughly the same price as the Ford Mustang GT 5.0 and Toyota Supra, so let’s answer the $50,000 question: Which one makes it through the quarter-mile first?

The 2023 Z Sport starts at $41,015 (with destination) but this is the $51,015 Z Performance, which comes with wider tires and a limited-slip differential. It’s likely that the base car will be slower due to the rear-wheel traction differential.

For the first race, with Jason Cammisa’s now-iconic frozen-time slow-mo walk back, we have the 2023 Nissan Z with a 9-speed automatic transmission battling a 10-speed Ford Mustang Mach-1 and an 8-speed Toyota GR Supra 3.0.

Instrumented Testing Results are as follows:
1. 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-1 (automatic)
0-60 mph = 3.8 sec
1/4 mile = 12.1 sec @ 120 mph

2. 2022 Toyota GR Supra 3.0
0-60 mph = 3.8 sec
1/4 mile = 12.1 sec @ 117 mph

3. 2023 Nissan Z (Performance package) (automatic)
0-60 mph = 4.0 sec
1/4 mile = 12.3 sec @ 116 mph

For the second race, we have the 9-speed automatic Z versus the Z 6-speed manual.

Instrumented Testing Results are as follows:
1. 2023 Nissan Z (Performance package) (automatic)
0-60 mph = 4.0 sec
1/4 mile = 12.3 sec @ 116 mph

2. 2023 Nissan Z (Performance package) (6MT)
0-60 mph = 4.3 sec
1/4 mile = 12.8 sec @ 112 mph

And for the bonus round, we have a 2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 4.7, which is almost exactly the same size, weight, horsepower, and torque as the New Z.

1. 2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 4.7 6-speed manual
0-60 mph = 4.4 sec
1/4 mile = 12.7 @ 112 mph

2. 2023 Nissan Z (Performance package) (6MT)
0-60 mph = 4.3 sec
1/4 mile = 12.8 sec @ 112 mph

Please be sure to watch the full episode for Jason’s explanation of why the Z didn’t quite keep up, and why the manual-transmission Z is quieter than the automatic.

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