Nissan has revealed the Z Proto concept car giving us a look at what can be expected from the upcoming 400Z sports car.
Looking very close to production-ready, the Z Proto is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine which is connected to a manual transmission that drives the rear wheels.
The engine’s outputs are yet to be announced, however, Nissan uses a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 in its Infiniti range where it develops 298kW and 475Nm.
Dimensionally, the concept comes in at 4382mm long, 1850mm wide, and 1310mm tall. For context, that’s 50mm longer and 20mm narrower than the 370Z Nismo.
According to the Z Proto’s design team, the concept “boasts a fresh, attractive exterior design with a silhouette that communicates respect for the original model.” While the bright yellow pearlescent paint pays tribute to paint schemes on both the first generation Z (S30) and the 300ZX (Z32).
The shape of the bonnet and the canted, teardrop-shaped LED headlights are both unmistakable reminders of the original Z.
Further highlights include carbon-fibre side skirts, front lower lip and rear valance, 19-inch alloy wheels, LED tail-lights and dual exhaust tips.
On the inside, the layout is decisively modern with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a new deep-dish steering wheel and yellow accents.
“The Z, as a pure sports car, represents the spirit of Nissan,” said Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida.
“It’s a key model in our Nissan NEXT transformation plan, and it’s proof of our ability to do what others don’t dare to do, from A to Z. As a Z fan myself, I’m excited to announce that the next Z is coming.”
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