Fuel Economy: Z Nismo Sips More ”
The Environmental Protection Agency has recently revealed the fuel economy scores of the 2024 Nissan Z Nismo. Despite the increased power and torque, savings in gas consumption do not seem to be affected as much. According to the official records, the leading Z is rated at 17/24/19 mpg for each of the city/highway/combined cycles. The Z Nismo only utilizes 5.3 gallons per 100 miles.
Interestingly, the Z Nismo is exclusively offered with an automatic transmission and is less fuel-efficient than the regular Z model with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The three-pedal option has a rating of 18/24/20 miles per gallon, whereas the standard automatic is surprisingly more economical at 19/28/22 mpg.
Regrettably, there is no authoritative guideline to provide a guesstimate of the fuel consumption; however, the Environmental Protection Agency claims that the yearly projected fuel costs for operating the Nismo Z are roughly $3,750 – a $150 increment from compared to when using the Z with manual transmission and an additional $500 more than when driving the Z with the automatic gear system.
How does it compare to its rivals? The BMW M2’s 2024 automatic model flaunts similar capabilities with the Nismo Z. The overall rating stands at 19 mpg. Conversely, the Bavarian machine delivers 16 and 23 mpg for city and highway travel, respectively – one fewer than the Nissan can deliver.
Despite not being as potent as the Toyota GR Supra, which is fitted with a 3.0-liter inline six, this Japanese sports car still finds a way to shine when it comes to fuel efficiency. Specifically, it is rated at 23/31/26 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles, no small feat. Interestingly, these figures surpass that of the entry-level Porsche 718 Cayman, even though it sports a smaller 2.0-liter engine. In comparison, the Cayman yields 21/27/24 mpg on the same cycles.
The Nismo Z appropriation of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6, shared with the rest of the line, gives it an upgrade in power to 420 horsepower and 384 lb-ft – more robust than most competitors. However, the z has 102 pounds of extra heft compared to Performance Automatic Z, nevertheless its power-to-weight ratio still sees improvement.
Enhancements were made to the front brake rotors, a new Sport+ mode was added for driving, and an engine oil cooler has been installed to offer maximum support when dealing with extreme track use. Many may be disheartened due to the omission of manual transmission; however, Nissan has indicated they would take requests under advisement and deliver if deemed necessary as Toyota did in regards to the Supra.
The pricing for the Nismo Z remains unconfirmed. Nevertheless, a recently leaked source proposes the highest-level trim will retail for $64,990, putting it pricier than both the Mustang Dark Horse and BMW M2.