Nissan Quietly Reveals Aggressive Z Proto Left On Cutting Room Floor
The new Z car is finally here, and with it comes a retro-scented design that takes after previous Z cars, including the original 240Z and the 300ZX (Z32). From the square grille and rounded headlights to the swoopy roofline and horizontal taillights, the Z Proto plays the retro card pretty well. As shown in a video about the model’s development phase, it looks like Nissan has also played with the idea of an entirely modern design.
These official design sketches show a noticeably different appearance from the Z Proto, especially when it comes to the design of the headlights. Rather than adopting the 240Z-inspired look, the car has a set of thin, almost Juke-like lights and large, light circles lower down in the bumper serving as LED daytime running lights. The grille is also more in line with current Nissan offerings, including the aforementioned funky crossover.
The side profile shows a different set of door handles that appear to be pulled from the outgoing 370Z with black side skirts to complete the two-tone look provided by the dark roof and pillars. Different models of alloy wheels are visible, as well as side graphics with a race car number in one of the adjacent sketches.
The rear is also quite different from that of the Z Proto, showing an interesting two-piece roof spoiler and slimmer LED taillights interconnected via a wide light bar. The rear diffuser is much more aggressive with a giant vertical fin and accommodates significantly larger exhaust tips to complete the racy look.
As for the Z sports car that you can actually buy, it shouldn’t stray too far from the car Nissan revealed a few hours ago. That said, the company stresses that “the Z Proto is a development study vehicle and does not confirm or reflect the specifications of the production model.” The real thing is expected to go on sale next year and could be called the “400Z”.