2023 Nissan Z vs 2022 Porsche Cayman

2023 Nissan Z vs 2022 Porsche Cayman


Practically every car manufacturer is working hard to push out the best performance vehicle to satisfy thrill-seekers everywhere, but who's actually doing it right? Today, Maus Nissan of North Tampa is comparing the 2023 Nissan Z and the 2022 Porsche Cayman as your reliable source for car reviews! For new Nissan vehicles, be sure to check out our inventory online!


2023 Nissan Z vs 2022 Porsche Cayman


Porsche is known for making high-end vehicles for gearheads with a hefty bank account, but Nissan has been proving that they can make a great performance car that's just as good (if not better) at a more accessible price range. That being said, the new 2023 Nissan Z has proven to be the performance car of everyone's dreams by offering a powerful yet smooth ride that you're sure to love.




The new Nissan Z is incredibly impressive right off the bat with a 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 engine capable of 400 horsepower which is well above your average sports car. You have the choice between a 6-speed manual transmission paired with SynchroRev Match technology, or a 9-speed automatic supported by Downshift Rev Matching. Either way, you can enjoy a sleek ride with get-up-and-go power thanks to the integrated Launch Control system which holds your RPM and reduces wheel spin for fast and consistent acceleration. The Nissan Z also comes equipped with a mechanical limited-slip differential, advanced suspension system, and electric power steering. Drivers who go with the 9-speed auto can enjoy a sport exhaust as an added treat.


On the other hand, the Porsche Cayman's standard 2.0L Turbo engine is only capable of 300 horsepower. You can upgrade to the GTS trim with a 4.0L engine supporting 394 horsepower which is just shy of the Nissan Z's standard, but you could be looking at a starting price of over $90k. As far as transmission options go, it's between the 6-speed manual and the 7-speed auto.


Safety Features


Nissan is always good about providing its customers with an amazing array of safety features, and it's especially needed in a speedy car such as the Nissan Z. Thankfully, you'll have access to all kinds of standard features for almost any situation including Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection which comes in handy for cruises around town, High Beam Assist to guide you in the dead of night, Lane Departure Warning to keep you alert on the highway, and of course Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert to act as an extra pair of eyes for those hard-to-see spots. For additional safety, you have the option of including available features such as Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, RearView Monitor, and front and rear sonar sensors.


All of the Nissan Z's standard features were selected to cover all important bases while driving, but the Cayman is a different story. There's an anti-theft system which is cool and all, but most other standard features account for after you get involved in an accident such as the Porsche Side Impact Protection System which focuses more on airbag placement and functionality, and front and rear deformation zones designed to control the crumple zones upon impact. The only standard preventive measure is the ParkAssist system with a reverse camera. Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Change Assist are the only available options that you need to pay extra for.




Everything about the Nissan Z's interior design was intended to be racing-inspired, and the company's efforts did not go in vain. The moment you take a peek inside the cabin, you'll immediately grasp the aesthetic they were going for starting with the extremely attractive performance seats made with anti-slip material and equipped with padded knee bolsters which indicate that you're in for the time of your life. After getting into the driver's seat, you'll notice a sporty triple pod cluster featuring analog dials and a larger-than-average 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with three themed layouts to choose from. Even the steering wheel is inspired by the GT-R as a callout to true fans of Nissan's stellar lineage. If you choose the automatic transmission, you'll find a uniquely-shaped gear shifter in the center console with a look and feel that's reminiscent of a computer mouse.


By comparison, the Cayman's cabin doesn't look or feel nearly as sporty as the Nissan Z other than the regular sports seats with 2-way adjustments. The instrument cluster is almost a third of the size at 4.6 inches. There is an 8-speaker audio system, but the speakers are pretty generic unlike the Nissan Z's available Bose audio system enhanced by Active Noise Cancelation.


Bottom Line


Before jumping straight into buying the new Porsche Cayman, it's worth taking a look at the new 2023 Nissan Z. It has much more to offer, looks the part, and is significantly less expensive than the Cayman.


Ask Maus Nissan of North Tampa About the 2023 Nissan Z!


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