Watch the live Nissan Z Proto reveal tonight

James Marshall
September 16, 2020

Judging by the all-new appearance of the concept, as well as counting on the few technical specifications that have been released so far, we can safely place a bet on the new generation Z sports vehicle (nicknamed 400Z by the rumor mill) being as close as possible to it in the end. The Z Proto blows up the current mold, bumper to bumper, celebrating the full breadth of Z history, from conception to events yet to happen.

Billed as a "thoroughly modern sports car" that pays respect to 50 years of Z heritage, the Z Proto sports a bright yellow pearlescent exterior which recalls the one used on the original sports auto. This is a nod to the original 240Z (or more specifically, the circular reflections on the 240Z's headlights), and between them is an upright, rectangular radiator grille with oval fins, the dimensions of which are apparently similar to the outgoing 370Z.

Alfonso Albaisa, head of design at Nissan, said his team "made countless studies and sketches as we researched each generation and what made them a success". The black trim that runs across the width of the rear with the tail-lights inset into it reminds us of the 300ZX, and there is even a Fairlady Z badge to remind us of the heritage the Proto Z harks back to. Different alloy wheel designs are noticeable, as well as side graphics with a race auto number in one of the adjacent sketches. Hopefully Nissan massages that away in the production variant because it's the one major negative to nitpick on an otherwise brilliant retro-modern design. That said, it's not all retro, as Nissan has used a fair bit of carbon-fibre - like on the front lip and rear diffuser.

In terms of size, the Z Proto measures 172.5 inches (4382 mm) long, 72.8 inches (1,849 mm) wide and 51.6 inches (1,311 mm) tall. The lithe silhouette effectively conveys the added 5 inches (12.7 cm) of length the Proto enjoys over the 2020 370Z. The bright yellow pearlescent paint pays tribute to the popular paint scheme introduced on both the S30 240Z and Z32 300ZX, which is contrasted with a black roof, black low-profile spoiler, and black wing mirrors.

While the exterior has a retro vibe, the cabin is thoroughly modern as it features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a modern infotainment system.

While Nissan confirmed the prototype draws its urge from a twin-turbo V6 engine mated with a six-speed manual gearbox, it did not hint at any power or torque figures, saying only the newcomer "packs a powerful punch".

The company also confirmed the vehicle is powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine which is connected to a six-speed manual transmission.

The Nissan Z Proto has just been revealed, and previews the long-awaited replacement for the Nissan 370Z sportscar. The six-speed manual transmission remains alive and well.

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