The production model is likely to be named 400Z after launch planned in 2021. The Z series has been Nissan performance bet for decades now. In 1970, Nissan introduced the brand pioneer in the form of the 240Z. Twenty years later, the 300ZX saw the light of the day, showcasing Japanese engineering prowess. The all-new Z Proto is the lines of the upcoming Z35-generation 400Z.
The new car has elegant detailing on the bodywork. The 240Z-inspired headlights, 300ZX-esque taillights, and a few other interesting touches will appeal to Nissan followers. the Z Proto boasts a fresh, attractive exterior design with a silhouette that communicates respect for the original model. It sports a bright yellow pearlescent paint – a tribute to a popular paint scheme on both the first generation Z (S30) and the 300ZX (Z32) – and a black roof.
The rectangular grille’s dimensions are similar to the current model with the addition of oval grille fins to offer an updated modern look. The form continues to exude both sportiness and elegance.
The interior design team sought advice from professional motorsports legends to give the Z Proto an ideal sports car cabin, both for road and track. This can be seen in the Z’s instrumentation. All vital information is found in the 12.3-inch digital meter display and arranged to help the driver grasp it at a glance, such as the redline shift point at the twelve o-clock position.
The new, deep dish steering wheel offers the driver quick access controls without losing its vintage aesthetic.
Yellow accents are found throughout the cabin, including stitching on the instrument panel. The seats feature special yellow accenting and a layered gradation stripe in the center of the seats to create depth.
A six-speed manual is standard, and an automatic will be optional, likely the seven-speed torque-converter unit found in the Infinitis.
Under the long hood is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 in both 300- and 400-hp states of tune in the Infiniti Q50 and Q60. “The Z has always been a strong dynamic performer, making it easy for customers to enjoy its capabilities and feel as connected as possible to the car,” said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist of the Z Proto. “This has been true through all its generations, and this is what drives our passion to innovate and challenge the norm.”