Nissan Z Proto teased, to break cover on Wednesday

Nissan Z Proto teased, to break cover on Wednesday”

Well, Nissan's head of design insists you needn't be, saying the new Z Proto is "not really a concept car" at all.

Channelling the brand's iconic 240Z - with headlights from the Japan-only 240ZG and oval taillights from the 300ZX's - the successor to the exhausted 370Z is a retro-inspired charmer, sporting a sweeping fastback roofline and Infiniti's 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6.

Under the bonnet, the Nissan Z Proto will get a 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6 engine, which will be mated to a manual gearbox.

This is the Nissan Z Proto. "The look of this is close to final".

ButTamura-san rejected calls that the Proto is a facelifted 370Z, saying that this is definitely a new auto.

"The Z, as a pure sports auto, represents the spirit of Nissan", said Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida. "Ever since the first generation, it has captured the hearts of auto enthusiasts all over the world".

The silhouette of the Fairlady has been derived from the first Z model of the 1970s, and so are the teardrop-shaped LED headlights and the bonnet. The transition from the rear quarter glass to the low slung rear tail adds to the effect. The rear interprets the 300ZX rear lights for the modern era with a black frame and exhaust pipes similar to the outgoing 370Z. Set to be called the 400Z, it will be the first Z-car to feature turbocharging, it will retain the enthusiast-pleasing manual gearbox and its style is a mix of retro influences borrowed from its predecessors, all wrapped in a very modern looking body.

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Lightweight carbon fiber treatments on the side skirts, front lower lip and rear valance ensure nimble performance.

It also has a much more substantial footprint, its Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres measuring 255/40 at the front and 285/35 at the rear, an increase of 30mm and 40mm respectively.

Nissan revealed the Z Proto on Wednesday through a digital premiere event broadcast from the Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama, Japan.

This is why, he said, the auto has a manual transmission from the get-go, as well as the fact that a third of all 370Z sales are manual.

"This has been true through all its generations, and this is what drives our passion to innovate and challenge the norm". As with every new Z though, there has been a power upgrade. "It is a vehicle that creates a connection with the driver not just on the physical level, but emotionally, and responds to the driver's impulses".

Further evidence can be drawn from Nissan's description of the Z Proto's drivetrain, namely "an enhanced V6 twin-turbocharged engine...", begging the question of if this means mechanical enhancements from the Nissan parts bin or if it is referring to electrification.

Details elsewhere are similarly indistinct but worthy; the "excitement of a pure sports car" is promised, with an alliance of "the power with the grace and control that has defined the Z for the past 50 years". Because not only does the new Z look great, it's also filled with throwback references to old Z cars.

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