Nissan Z Exhaust Suite From AWE Tuning: Sounds So Good, Your Neighbors Will Hate You

Nissan Z Exhaust Suite From AWE Tuning: Sounds So Good, Your Neighbors Will Hate You

Known as the Fairlady Z in Japan, the current-generation Z, codenamed RZ34, shares a close lineage with its naturally-aspirated Z34 predecessor. Pennsylvania-based exhaust specialist AWE Tuning is gearing up to enhance this fastback-styled coupe’s exhaust system.

AWE Tuning’s exhaust suite for the Z comes with a no check-engine-light guarantee. It includes dual 3.0-inch piping, an X-pipe for a more aggressive exhaust note, and drone-canceling technology for the road-focused Touring version. Additionally, there’s a Track option available, which is touted as 50-state legal.

Founded in 1991, AWE Tuning is promising a dyno-proven gain of 6 horsepower compared to the stock exhaust system. Pricing details are yet to be disclosed, and it’s unclear whether these exhausts will be compatible with the Z NISMO. However, AWE offers a choice of Chrome Silver or Diamond Black exhaust tips, along with Track-to-Touring/Touring-to-Track conversion kits.

Manufactured at Nissan Motor Tochigi Plant in Kaminokawa, on the same assembly line that once produced the 370Z, the Z employs an updated FM platform. This front-midship architecture has roots tracing back to the V35-series Nissan Skyline (2001 to 2007) and Infiniti G35 (2002 to 2007), which featured the VQ35DE 3.5-liter V6 engine. For the 2023 model year and beyond, the Z is equipped with the VR30DDTT engine, also used in the V37 Skyline and Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400.

Consider it a sibling of the R35-specific VR38DETT, a twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that generates up to 592 horsepower and 481 pound-feet (652 Nm) of torque in the GT-R NISMO. In comparison, the 3.0-liter V6 engines in the Z and Z NISMO produce 400 horsepower and nearly 420 horsepower, with peak torque reaching 384 pound-feet (521 Nm). While these figures are respectable for the engine’s size and cylinder count, there’s room for improvement.

For instance, the high-output Hurricane engine in the Jeep Grand Wagoneer produces 510 horsepower and 500 pound-feet (678 Nm). BMW’s S58 twin-turbo I6 engine in the M3 Competition delivers 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet (650 Nm), with potential for up to 553 horsepower in the manual-only 3.0 CSL coupe.

Nevertheless, Nissan’s Z offers remarkable value in its segment. Priced at $40,990 for both the manual and torque-converter automatic (licensed from Mercedes-Benz), the Japanese fastback coupe is more affordable than the four-cylinder Toyota GR Supra ($45,540), Ford Mustang GT ($42,495), Dodge Challenger R/T ($41,305), and slightly more expensive than the Chevrolet Camaro LT1 ($40,395 excluding the destination fee).

The RZ34 may mark the end of Nissan’s purely combustion-powered Z cars, as the company shifts its focus toward electric vehicles. Even the upcoming R36 is expected to incorporate hybrid technology to stay competitive. Notably, the Corvette E-Ray and the upcoming Porsche 911 Turbo S 992.2 facelift have already adopted or are set to adopt hybrid assistance.

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