This is the new Nissan Z
Here's all you need to know about the Nissan Z Proto, or what is inevitably the 400z.
The time has finally come for the new Z car to debut, 10 years in the making. The Nissan Z Proto is more of a sneak peek to the future than a prototype or a production car. So with that in mind, what you are seeing is damn near exactly what you will see in the production car in the next few years.
The Nissan Z Proto is a mashup of all the past Z-cars. You can immediately see 300zx inspiration in the rear taillights, some 240z in the headlights, and in the rear-hatch design. In terms of the overall design, you can see some Aston Martin design cues.
As for the interior, the 400z looks sharp and very sporty, a much-needed upgrade from the outgoing 370z. The cockpit now has two large display screens, one for your infotainment cluster, another for your gauge cluster. The styling overall is really sleek, other than the rectangle stamp in the front of the 400z. You can also expect a carbon fiber package.
The 400z will have a twin-turbo V6, which surely going to be the 3.5 liter twin-turbo V6 used in the Infinity Red line. This means that the new Z will have 400 horsepower 350 torques. With that in mind, expect a slower version that will most likely contain a 4-cylinder engine to compete with the base level Supra. The 400z will have a 6-speed manual (likely from the 370z) and will only be available with a manual at launch.
We have no drivetrain details quite yet, but considering the engine is borrowed from Infinity, the suspension and brakes are most likely going to be from Infinity too. The 400z should also keep it's RWD setup.
In the end...
The debut of the 400z wasn't all that telling, and everything that was said we already knew. The only real things we learned were the styling and what it's competition is. The 400z is obviously aimed for the Toyota Supra, with its performance figures and overall packaging directly rivaling it. So with that said, we can guesstimate the pricing, which will be anywhere between the 40-50k mark, a 10k price premium from the outgoing Z car.
We don't really know when this car will make production, but we do know what you are seeing is what the production car will look like, except for the lettered tires. However, the engine and manual gearbox are confirmed, so I think we can all rest easy, knowing the Z won't be a catastrophic failure.