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Nitro Z-9 (2012-)
(w/ 1 x 250-hp Mercury Optimax)

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Z-9 (2012-)
Nitro Z-9 (2012-) Test Video

The team at Nitro had four simple goals when developing the new 2012 Z-9: performance, fishability, comfort, and affordability. Our recent test and review reveals how they achieved these goals. It’s important to remember that the Z-9 has been a proven workhorse on the professional bass tournament circuit for years and has been undergoing subtle modifications each year. With most bass boats comprising essentially the same overall design, the important differences boil down to handling, durability, and price.

Key Features

  • Rapid Planing System transom
  • 10" (25.40 cm) adjustable jack plate & rigging tube
  • Fold-down reboarding ladder
  • Two 20-gal. (75.71 L) insulated, aerated Guardian aft livewells with oxygen generators, recirculators, timers & pump-out systems
  • Hydraulic tilt steering with through-deck hose fittings
  • Multifunction gauges with chrome bezels, clock & oil reservoir monitor
  • In-dash Lowrance HDS-7 fishfinder/GPS
  • 2 rod lockers with automatic lights & port organizers
  • Bow bicycle seat & aft folding chair
  • 24V, 82-lb. thrust foot-controlled trolling motor
  • Custom-matched trailer with Galvashield corrosion protection, fiberglass fenders, swing-away tongue & No Touch Vortex hub lubrication system


Nitro Z-9 (2012-) Specifications
Length Overall 20' 9''
6.12 m
Dry Weight 2,100 lbs.
Beam 8' 6''
2.59 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 16''
Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 68 gal.
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity none
Deadrise/Transom 16 deg. Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom open Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Nitro Z-9 (2012-) Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 225-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS
Tested Power 1 x 250-hp Mercury Optimax
Opt. Power 1 x 250-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS
1 x 250-hp Mercury Verado 4-stroke
1 x 300-hp Mercury Verado Pro 4-stroke

Nitro Z-9 (2012-) Captain's Report is archived.

Nitro Z-9 (2012-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Nitro Z-9 (2012-) is 71.1 mph (114.4 kph), burning 23.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 87.06 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Nitro Z-9 (2012-) is 41.9 mph (67.4 kph), and the boat gets 4.55 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.93 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 278 miles (447.4 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 250-hp Mercury Optimax.
  • Time to plane for the Nitro Z-9 (2012-) is 4.3 sec. seconds.
  • Time from 0 to 30 of the Nitro Z-9 (2012-) is 8.6 sec. seconds.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Nitro Z-9 (2012-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
Fishfinder Standard
GPS/Chart Standard
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
CD Stereo Optional
Trailer Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Nitro Z-9 (2012-) Warranty

Nitro Z-9 (2012-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years Limited Lifetime
Transferable Yes
Link http://nitro.com/about/warranty.cfm
NMMA Certification Yes

Nitro Z-9 (2012-) Price

Nitro Z-9 (2012-) Price
Pricing Range $39,995.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Test numbers for this model are archived.