Nissan 400Z Nismo Fan Rendering Shows The Z Proto On GT-R Steroids
The old saying about the internet that never really goes to sleep is true. Shortly after Nissan unveiled the Z Proto to much fanfare, the rear-wheel-drive sports car lost its roof in a fan-shaped rendering of a Z Roadster. Guess what? The prototype coupe underwent additional virtual cosmetic surgery in an attempt to decipher what the Nismo version will look like.
Another very unofficial rendering, the imaginary Z envisaged by Kleber Silva is a quick Photoshop job adding pieces of the GT-R Nismo. The quadruple exhaust system with bold tips is taken straight from the R35, as is the prominent rear spoiler. Those carbon fiber bits that you see on the front, side, and rear skirts were also borrowed from the aging Godzilla and they fit very well on Nissan’s smaller sporty machine.
While this is a good “what if” rendering, the design of the new Z Nismo remains a mystery at this point. In fact, technically we still don’t fully understand what the regular version of the 370Z will look like. Why? Because Nissan has stated that “the Z Proto is a development study vehicle and does not confirm or reflect the specifications of the production model.” This is probably close to reality, but some design details will be subject to modifications for the road car.
A faster version of Nismo has already been indirectly confirmed by the company. According to Hiroshi Tamura, Z Proto, Nissan Z, GT-R and Nismo product specialist, “Appropriate performance [version]»Is in preparation, with an automatic transmission. The aforementioned roadster is still the subject of debate among senior Nissan executives.
Tamura also said that while the focus is mostly on the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6, a hybrid Nismo is a possibility. He explained that it all hinged on whether customers want an electrified Z car. Whether hybridized or not, the Z Nismo is unlikely to be available from day one with the regular model. The latter is “not so far but not so early”, according to Tamura. Almost everyone is expecting it next year in 2022MY for the US market, possibly with the name 400Z, but that remains to be seen.
We know the engine is good for 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet (475 Newton-meters) of torque, and it will be interesting to see if that horsepower will be available in the “400Z”. If so, the Nismo version will deliver even more oomph to take on the upcoming Toyota Supra GRMN.