The teaser campaign launched by Nissan in May immediately after the publication of the new global strategy officially came to an end: today we were shown the Z Proto coupe. It was broadcasted from the brand's pavilion in Yokohama. As we expected, this is not a product model yet, but a concept, rather a clear declaration of intent to release a worthy replacement for the current 370Z.
The exterior of the prototype is full of references to the half-century history of the Z series sports car. Thus, the bright yellow pearlescent color is a tribute to the 240Z and 300ZX models of the first generation. The hood shape and beveled drop-shaped headlights also remind of the original Fairlady. Two semicircles in diode lighting should, according to the idea of the chief designer Alfonso Albaisa, cause associations with the JDM model 240ZG with its transparent headlight hoods.
The Z Proto rectangular radiator grille is the same size as the 370Z, but its filling is a thing of the past. The rear lights inscribed in the rectangular black section are a modern interpretation of the second generation 300ZX feed. But the most recognizable "historical" feature of the prototype its creators call the characteristic profile drawn from the first generation sports car. The external picture is completed by carbon fiber elements of the aerodynamic dodger, 19-inch alloy wheels and a pair of round tubes of the exhaust system.
The Nissan 370Z salon has been specially made modern with a 12.3-inch digital dashboard, a new multifunctional steering wheel and a complete multimedia system. At the same time, the manual parking brake and six-stage mechanics, which can be optionally replaced with an automatic machine, were retained.
Alas, out of all technical characteristics, the manufacturer has disclosed only the dimensions: 4.38x1.85x1.31 meters. That is, the new sports car will be about 14 cm longer than its predecessor with the same width and height. The motor was only reported to be a V6 with double turbocharging. This is the official part that ends for the time being. According to rumors, the goods car will be called Nissan 400Z and will be equipped with a 400 hp engine from Infiniti Q60.