Is there anything wrong with the Nissan 400Z Proto?
A discussion and opinion piece on the new Z proto.
What's not to like about this beauftiful car. Nissan is pleasing their fans by providing them with the retro throwback look while creating new stunning body lines. The biggest visual complaint people have with the car is the front grill. Most people are not fond of the rectangle but if you look back at the Fairlady, 240Z, 350Z, and 370Z, they all have rectangular grills. While many may see this as plain. bland, or straight up ugly. I see the grill as a tribute to the Z's origins. Another possible reason for this rectangular shape is for the purpose of following the hood lines all the way down the car to the ground. A striking feature of this car is the headlights. The headlights on the Z's evolved greatly. The Z's started with circle headlights in the car, then pop-ups, and then we see the headlights looking more like human eye shapes with each generation. The side skirts of this car are another highlight feature. The lines are simply striking. There are other features that help give the car this striking appearance such as the Fairlady Z logo on the upper rear section of the car, the black roof, and the rear lights matching the rectangular style of the front headlights. I personally hope that the car comes with that simplistic tire lettering from factory which I think it will. The color shown so far is really fun and playful and the bronze rims make a bold statement. I looked at a list of colors for the real thing coming out in 2022 as this is just a proto and their was no color matching the one shown here. Enthusiasts and Z fans alike can be happy that the 400Z is indeed coming with a manual transmission. The 400Z is expected to be powered by a twin-turbocharged V-6 but unlike the 565hp 3.8 liter GT-R the 400Z will likely get the 300-hp 3.0-liter mill from the Infiniti Q60. There is room for more factory power with a Nismo version but obviously you could really get good power out of this car with a tune and other performance modifications. The interior of the previous generation of Z's has been nothing but dissapointment but the 400Z is expected to get finer materials and a better design. Overall I really think Nissan nailed it with the retro futuristic look of the 400Z Proto and they are giving their fans what they want.