Nissan Z Proto revealed, previews the replacement for the Nissan 370Z
The Nissan Z Protocol has just been unveiled and anticipates the long-awaited Nissan 370Z car replacement. The Z Proto is a concept that shows the design direction of the Nissan Z car and is a retro sports car, as expected, true to the Z design philosophy of a long cap, stubbly boot, and a swooping coupé roofline.
The design is based on different Z cars from the past. For example, the long cap we mentioned earlier is right out of the 240Z ‘s playbook and the rounded headlights are rounded off. The profile of the coupé and the design of the C pillar are also reminiscent of the 240Z, whereas the front bumper is a tribute to the Nismo of 350Z with its simple, large rectangular intake and flattening off the edges.
Although the front may not be to all tastes, the rear is certainly much more beautiful. The black trim, crossing the width of the rear and inserting the taillights, is reminiscent of the 300 ZX, and a Fairlady Z badge is available to remind us of the legacy of Proto Z. That said, this is not all retro, as Nissan used a fair amount of carbon fiber – such as the front lip and back diffuser.
Moving inward and the cabin of the Nissan Z Proto is not as retro as the outside is – it’s actually quite the opposite. A pair of screens, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 9-inch infotainment screen are included in this concept. The steering wheel is typical for any Z car and has a big Z logo in its center, whilst other cabin sports a healthy combination of leather and Alcantara with a yellow contrast. Z Proto also features three dashboard gauges similar to the 350Z gauges, including the boost gauge with turbocharged pressures.
The Nissan Z Proto will be equipped with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine under the cap and it will be connected to a manual gearbox. While official requirements are not yet available, expect the sports car to achieve about 400hp, much like competitors such as the Toyota Supra.
While the time schedule for production of the car is not official, the Nissan 400Z is most likely to come to a worldwide launch in 2021.