The evolution of the fabled Nissan Fairlady name takes a giant leap today with the unveiling of the new Nissan Z Proto, a preview of the next-generation Z car, reportedly set to be called the Nissan 400Z.
Channelling the brand’s iconic 240Z – with headlights from the Japan-only 240ZG and oval taillights from the 300ZX’s – the successor to the tired 370Z is a retro-inspired charmer, sporting a sweeping fastback roofline and Infiniti’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6.
“Our designers made countless studies and sketches as we researched each generation and what made them a success,” Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa said in a statement. “Ultimately, we decided the Z Proto should travel between the decades, including the future.”
Both longer and wider than the outgoing 370Z, the exterior of the Nissan Z Proto traverses decades, with designers researching every generation of the marque and what made them a success.
Inside, the Nissan Z Proto gets a refreshing of the 370Z cabin with the addition of a new digital gauge cluster, infotainment system as well as the inclusion of boost & turbine speed gauges, with a six-speed manual arriving as standard. Power to the rear wheels is yet to be confirmed, although the Q60 Red Sport produces 298kW from the same engine suggesting it may well arrive with more power than 370Z Nismo‘s 253kW.
While not much else has been confirmed, in the live stream revealing the car overnight, Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida did assure fans that “the Nissan Z Proto you see here is not a concept. The look of this is close to final.”
Let’s hope Mr Uchida is right, even if we still have no idea of when the car will arrive.