Nissan tease the upcoming Z Proto sportscar and yes it's a manual
Time to celebrate the return of an icon
Eleven years after the introduction of the 370Z, Nissan is gearing up to unveil the Z Proto, the latest addition to the iconic Z line-up, and even though no information and details about powertrain and pricing have been provided yet, we already know two things: it comes with a manual gearbox and it carries the burden of a name that means something.
The Japanese manufacturer has produced six generations of Z-cars since the late 1960s, when the original Nissan Fairlady 240Z S30 was introduced, and after the 240Z and the 280Z, the Z-car was completely redesigned in the mid 1980s, when the 300ZX came along.
The 300ZX quickly became a fans favourite and it was so successful that Nissan decided to build a second generation in 1989. The Z32, which let's face it is the one that spring to mind whenever the Z name is mentioned, was powered by a glorious 222-hp 3.0-litre V6 and the power was sent to the rear wheels courtesy of an old-fashioned manual gearbox, just like the 350Z and the 370Z that followed.
The good news is Nissan is not gonna break traditions with the new Z, because the upcoming model is probably going to be powered by a 3.0-litre V6, almost certainly RWD and definitely fitted with a manual gearbox. I believe that's where our certainties begin and end because we don't even know what they're going to call it. In the past, there had been rumours about a possible 400Z nomenclature but now they're calling it the Z Proto, although I'm guessing the Proto stands for Prototype and the name might change.
Only one way to find out because the car is going to be unveiled on September 16.