Nissan Z Proto Unveiled, Future Product Takes Inspiration From The Past
Nissan has made its intentions clear about the upcoming Z & that is, it simply does not want the car to be about numbers alone.
Nissan has unveiled the Z Proto today, showing to the world that it will enter the sportscar scene with a new Z very soon.
Unveiled at a virtual event that took place at Yokohama, the prototype car’s technical specification which includes a twin-turbocharged V6 which is mated to a 6-speed manual does not leave much to be desired, for a manual in the sportscar scene is a rarity today.
Design of the Nissan Z Proto pays respect to Z models that span over half a century while also being thoroughly modern. Shown in bright yellow pearlescent paint scheme, it blends retro and modern styling very well.
The silhouette of the Fairlady has been derived from the first Z model of the 1970s, and so are the teardrop-shaped LED headlights and the bonnet. Dimensions of the rectangular grille are similar to that of the current model with the addition of oval grille fins.
Look at the prototype from the side and the striking resemblance to the original Z is more evident, while the rear is squared off and having LED taillights (inspired from the 300ZX (Z32) model) that sit in a near-rectangular black section.
Carbon fibre has also been used on the front lower lip, side skirts, rear valance, while the wheels are 19-inch alloys and the car sports dual exhaust outlets.
Openly admitted by Nissan that the new “Z” will be a key model in its NEXT transformation plan, the sportscar will be a product that showcases the firm’s capabilities in delivering a sportscar that will rival the best of the best.
Thus, the interior of the car is as modern as they come but with many retro touches. The driver gets a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, there is a new multi-function steering wheel, a large infotainment screen that looks to be about 10-inches in size, climate control knobs below it, three dials on top of the centre air vents and yellow accents throughout, not to forget about the manual stick shift.
As mentioned above, the production-spec new Z, which will be developed from the Nissan Z Proto, will be powered by a twin-turbo V6 and the firm claims the car will be about the perfect balance between power and agility.
Since Nissan has given the prototype 255-section front and 285-section rear tyres, not too wide among the current crop of cars with massive rubber, we can take their word about the car being agile. We cannot wait for its launch to take place now.