This is the new Nissan Z

Here's all you need to know about the Nissan Z Proto, or what is inevitably the 400z.

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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.

Styling

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.

Performance

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.

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Comments (80)

  • The. Grille. Is. A. Rectangle. I don’t mind it. It looks way better than the 370Z but still a little bit off in the front.

      9 days ago
  • 🤮

      9 days ago
  • New 370z with a new front and rear... i was expecting more honestly

      9 days ago
    • The more I keep looking at it, it becomes even more stubby

        9 days ago
    • I think it looks radical compared for he other

        9 days ago
  • The rectangle grill is goofy but the rest seems amazing!

      8 days ago
  • It has potential. Let's see the final production car in action. This is the make it or break it car for Nissan. They have to shed the Ghosn image of junk cars. No, it's not the best looking Z in my opinion but they did good overall. 400hp is northing to sneeze at in a car this size. Manual ONLY at launch? BRAVO! HUGE enthusiasts points right there. Let's hear it and see it in action. Let's see how the build quality and reliability go. Not sure about everyone else but I WANT this car to be good for Nissan. They need this.

      8 days ago
    • I REALLY like the interior. Nice work Nissan.

        8 days ago
    • Good take, I hope this car takes a good step on changing the image of Nissan cars. Manual only sounds really cool, and what I would personally buy, but they need a good auto to sell in big markets.

        8 days ago
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