Nissan Versus Ford: The Nissan Z Sets the Bar for Driving Thrills

September 29th, 2023 by

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An adage says that if someone wants to be the best, they have to beat the best. The 2024 Ford Mustang GT is the seventh-generation pony car and the company’s newest version of a muscle-car thoroughbred. That said, the car’s bones contain ample carryover. However, the redesigned Mustang has plenty going for it, with confident handling, strong engine options, a suave interior, and a plethora of standard equipment. Similarly, in a dramatic reinvention, the 2023 Nissan Z turns the automaker’s prestigious sports car from an aging vehicle into a car to crave. Granted, both cars have several strengths to cater to enthusiasts, but this article will emphasize which car possesses the minor details that make it slightly better.

Under the Hoods

The 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 engine in the Mustang receives a few modifications, such as a steel oil pan, a new dual intake with dual electronic throttle bodies, updated cylinder-head gaskets, and an updated cylinder-head design. Whether drivers approve of the new sheet metal will always be a matter of personal taste. In addition, the engine accelerates up to 486 horsepower and produces 418 pound-feet of torque. Even though those are the official figures, it is worth noting that the vehicle generated an output of only 452 horsepower when test-driven.

The 2024 Ford Mustang GT also relies on a brand-new platform, meaning more components and technological add-ons are present. While these elements give the car a better aerodynamic feel by increasing overall performance, they also make the car heavier. This additional weight, in turn, affects the overall driving experience. 

On the other hand, the 2023 Nissan Z is the most powerful Z yet, packing 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque from its twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine. It also depends on a refreshed platform rather than an entirely new one. This proves to be a boon for the automobile, as its lighter weight makes it more precise and reactive than its Blue Oval rival. 

The Technological Perks

The 2024 Mustang GT has an all-new interior with features including a flat-bottomed steering wheel, overhead USB ports for GoPro use, and an available system that permits drivers to rev the engine via the key fob while not in the car. The knobs or buttons that were available in previous variants have been replaced by a touchscreen interface, leaving just a volume knob. As a matter of fact, even temperature adjustments now require owners to utilize the Sync4 infotainment screen. It provides a cleaner, more refined look, but numerous enthusiasts might prefer functionality over sophistication. For some, the tactile practicality offers less distraction and an intuitive connection while driving.

As mentioned, the interior changes primarily revolve around the display screens. The system is powered by a videogame platform dubbed the Unreal Engine 3D platform. At this point, the platform is purely experimental. No sales results indicate that adding larger screens with crisp animations will attract millennials or Gen-Z to the internal combustion Mustang. Thus, the consensus could be if they want to drive a videogame Mustang, they have Playstations in their living rooms.

The Nissan Z gets a proper infotainment system for 2023. Now, Z Sport trims start with a 6-speaker audio system and an 8-inch screen while Z Performance trims get a 9-inch unit with navigation and an 8-speaker Bose system. The driver’s display is also fully digital, though analog turbo boost, turbine speed, and voltmeter gauges remain atop the dash, a nod to previous Z-cars. Indeed, it is a much more conventional system that could appeal to traditional sports car enthusiasts without the need for extra trimmings.

If you desire a sports car without the drawback of cramped back seats that provide little in the way of passenger space, the 2023 Nissan Z is the way to go. Please come visit Nissan of Fort Pierce. Are you in need of a refresh on your vehicle to bring it back to life? Our amazing service team can handle that with ease by scheduling an online service appointment with our service center. Sit back and relax as our team of professional technicians take care of your vehicle.

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