Five advantages of the 2022 Chevrolet Camaro over the highlights of the Nissan Z 2023 article:
- The 2022 Chevrolet Camaro not only offers more engine options than the Nissan Z 2023, but all 2SS trims are cheaper than the base Z
- Even without the 1LE Package, the 2022 Camaro SS model is sharper, faster and offers better performance than the Nissan Z
- Unlike the Z, the Camaro is available as a convertible
As if its muscle car rivals weren’t enough, the 2022 Chevrolet Camaro now has another sports car competitor coming in. And despite following a different recipe, the Nissan Z 2023 is also retro. Plus, it’s a lot more than the 370Z warms up. However, while the Z does some things well, it’s not a perfect sports car. And in these five areas, he has to play second fiddle after the 2022 Camaro.
The 2022 Chevrolet Camaro offers more engine options and is cheaper than the Nissan Z 2023
If you want a 2023 Nissan Z Sport boneless manual, you’ll have to pay over $39,990 before the destination. That’s roughly between the asking price of the stick-shift 2022 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS and 2SS. However, you don’t have to shell out $40K to get into the new Camaro.
First, for just under $30K, you can get a Camaro 2LT 2022. Yes, it’s not as powerful as the SS or Z models. But with the manual, the 275-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Camaro goes 0-60 in 5.1 seconds, says Cars and Drivers. That’s just 0.2 seconds behind the V6 Camaro, which makes 60 more horsepower.
Speaking of the 3.6-liter V6, it’s optional on the 2022 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT. But while the V6 Camaros isn’t as fast as the 2023 Z, it’s a lot cheaper. Without options, the 2022 Camaro 3LT manual starts at $34,440. And even with things like Recaro front sports seats and a Heavy Duty Cooling and Brake Package, it’s still cheaper than the Nissan Z.
Further, if you only want a 455-hp 6.2-liter V8, you don’t need to step up to the SS model. You can save some money and get a Camaro LT1 instead. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the SS, which we’ll cover shortly, but it starts at just $35,395 with the manual.
The 2022 Chevrolet Camaro SS is faster and sharper than the Nissan Z for the same price
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With a 400-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, the 2023 Nissan Z isn’t slow, though its tires can arguably hold it up. However, even with suspected pre-production issues, Car and Driver adds 0-60 4.5 seconds with the manual Z Performance. And Hagerty’s manual and automated testers did it in 4.3 seconds and 4.0 seconds, respectively.
However, that still makes it slower than the 2022 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS and 2SS. With their 455-hp V8, both can hit 60 mph in 4.0 seconds in manual form. And the optional 10-speed automatic drops to 3.9 seconds. Admittedly, the Hagerty automatic Z tester was just 0.1 seconds slower in -miles than the Car and Driver Camaro SS auto. However, the Chevy has a faster trap speed. Plus, 5-60 times, which better measures real-world performance, better than Z time.
But it’s not just in a straight line where the 2022 Chevrolet Camaro pulls ahead of the 2023 Nissan Z. To be sure, Nissan is achieving its goal of making the Z a fun dance partner for the road. However, it is not as sharp or agile as the Toyota Supra. Also, on the track or the fast road, the Mustang Mach 1 equipped with the Handling Pack has much better grip and faster reflexes, reports Car and Driver.
But do you know what sports car is as much fun as the Mach 1? The 2022 Chevrolet Camaro SS, especially with the 1LE Package. Even with the less aggressive tires, the grip is tougher than the Mach 1, let alone the Nissan Z. Plus, the steering is sharper and more communicative. And while the V6 Z is powerful and nearly lag-free, the V8 Camaro is even more responsive, not to mention more character.
For now, the 2022 Camaro SS offers more features and performance options than the Nissan Z
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Unfortunately, you can’t get 1LE on non-V8 Camaros anymore. But even without it, the 2022 Camaro 1SS and 2SS carry a bit more standard performance technology than the 2023 Z.
For example, if you want a limited-slip differential on the Z, you’ll need to upgrade the Z Performance by $49,990. It’s also the only way you can get auto-lap matching and launch control on the 2023 Z manual. However, both the 1SS and 2SS get LSD and auto-loop matching as standard. To Z’s credit, it gets a standard front strut tower mount. But while the Z and Camaro SS both have engine oil coolers, Chevrolet added a standard transmission and differential cooler to its sports cars.
Admittedly, Nissan has not positioned the 2023 Z as a race car, so everything becomes a ‘dance partner’. But there are rumors of a future Nismo variant, which could feature upgrades like grippier tires, stiffer shocks, and stronger brakes. However, such a Z will definitely cost more than the Performance trim. And keep in mind that the 2022 Camaro 2SS 1LE is only $900 more expensive than the Z Performance.
Talking about the 1LE, it adds some features that even the Nissan Z Performance doesn’t have. First, it delivers the Camaro’s adaptive magnetorheological shock, which sharpens its handling without destroying the spines. Second, the 1LE has a rear spoiler, electronic LSD, Brembo brakes, Recaro front seats, stiffer suspension components, and a heads-up display. The Performance Z has a rear spoiler, but nothing else.
It’s also a better deal in terms of technology
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It should be noted that the 2022 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS already has a standard HUD. But that’s just one area where the Camaro outperforms the similarly priced Nissan Z in terms of technology.
For one, even the 1SS comes standard with power-operated front seats, WiFi, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; Z Sport does not. Even the Performance Z doesn’t have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto wireless. Second, the 2SS gets a nine-speaker Bose audio system while the Z Performance only has an eight-speaker version. In addition, the no 2023 Z offers wireless charging, even as an option. However, on the 2022 Camaro 2SS, this is a standard feature.
Now, Z does have its own technology. The Performance Z offers a 9.0” touchscreen, for example, while the Camaro’s largest screen measures just 8.0”. Moreover, even compared to the 2SS, the Z Sport has more standard ADAS features. However, while the Z Performance and Camaro 2SS offer things like heated seats and navigation, Chevy sports cars are cheaper.
There won’t be a Z convertible, but there will be a drop-top Camaro
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Earlier, I mentioned that there could be a Nismo version of the Nissan Z 2023 in the works. However, there’s one Z variant that we know won’t be coming: the convertible. From a handling perspective, that’s not a bad thing. But that means the Z may lose some roadster customers — and the 2022 Camaro could gain some.
Unlike the Z, Chevrolet offers Camaro in convertible form. Drop-top models are $5000-$6000 more expensive than fixed-top versions, which takes away some of the Camaro’s value advantages. But if you want some extra sunshine in your sports car, Chevy does it better than Nissan.
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