The Nissan Z Proto Is Here
And it's equipped with a six-speed manual!
It's been nearly twleve years since the Nissan 370Z went on sale in Japan. The beautiful young woman we all knew and loved is now just a shadow of its former self, singing her finals songs before quitely passing away. And with it, the legazy behind the Z-badge.
A successor to the 370Z has been a snack bar for many years, but it is only today that Nissan seriously takes the blade from its mouth as they showed off the successor to the old 370Z.
Everyone, say "hi" to the Z Proto.
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Now, as the name suggests, it's just a prototype. But Nissan has stated that we should expect the real successor to be is very similar to the yellow car we see here.
The shapes are still reminisent of the Z:s of old, with a long hood and cabin space placed far back. The sloping buttocks end with a tail light section that clearly connects to what the 300ZX (especially generation Z32, but also a bit Z31) looked like.
What more modern with the Z Proto, though, are the side skirts in the front spoiler and the lower region of the rear. Why? These details are made of carbon fiber.
The size of the rims are 19 inches all around, while the soles at the front are 255 millimeters wide, and 285 millimeters at the rear.
The inside is modernly designed with a digital meter housing that is 12.3 inches. As it should be, the tachometer is the largest thing you see and is placed in the middle, and since it's digital, you're free to change it however and whenever you like it.
There is another screen on the center console, and unlike the small screen in the 370Z, this is pressure sensitive. The three analog gauges on top of the dashboard from 350Z and 370Z remain.
Under the bonnet is a twin-turbo V6 engine that is connected to a six-speed manual gearbox. The rear wheels are, as they should be, the driving force. Nissan does not state power figures, but expect a good bit over the 331 horsepower that the 370Z has been pulled with, probably also slightly above the 370Z Nismo with its 344 horsepower. In this way, Nissan would board the Japanese competitor Toyota GR Supra, which has 340 horsepower.
Around 95 grand.