A new Z car has been a long time coming, but the wait is almost over. Originally announced in late May, the successor to the 370Z was previewed again earlier this week in a bittersweet teaser announcing the September 15 debut of what will likely be a prototype given the use of ‘Proto In the ad.
Regardless of Nissan’s ongoing teaser campaign, the company’s senior vice president for global design, Alfonso Albaisa, posted an interesting sketch on his personal Instagram account. While you might be tempted to say this is a drawing of a second-gen 300ZX (Z32) due to the stacked horizontal taillights, the silhouette of the car is consistent with the original teaser by few months ago. Another dead giveaway we’re dealing with with the next-gen car is the updated Z logo on the side.
The design sketch is in line with an early May report that the next Z car would get rectangular taillights inspired by those on the Z32 (photo below). The same report suggested round LED headlights derived from the 1960s Fairlady Z, which the teasers proved to be accurate. While the exterior will play the retro card, it is said that the interior has been updated with the latest technology and more sophisticated materials.
Everything will be revealed in two weeks when the Z Proto is scheduled for release on September 15th. It’ll likely be a near-production prototype, with the real thing hopefully not far behind. There is a good chance that this is not the final name as we are inclined to believe that it will adopt the nickname 400Z, but nothing is official at this time.
It’s widely believed that the revamped sports car will feature a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with somewhere in the region of 400 horsepower. It is highly likely that a manual gearbox will be provided for enthusiasts, as well as an automatic transmission to appeal to both worlds. Much like the engine, the platform could be borrowed from the Infiniti Q60 because now is not the right time to invest in new architecture for a sports car. This is especially true given Nissan’s current financial situation.
The roadside Nissan 400Z could arrive at some point in 2021.