Earlier this week, Nissan previewed its new sports car with the Z Proto, a concept that borrows heavily from the iconic Z history. Nissan product specialist Hiroshi Tamura has already blurted out that there could be a hotter version of Nismo and a roadster variant, although he noted that the roofless Z has yet to be given the green light for production. However, that didn’t stop X-Tomi Design from filling Nissan’s shoes and creating their own.
The most noticeable difference in the rendering is the roof – well, the lack of one. The movement changes the Z Proto’s svelte silhouette, replacing the sloping roof with a flat deck containing the soft top and mechanics. The artist also added square roll bars behind the seats for extra protection that resembles those on the 370Z Roadster.
Cutting off the roof also highlights the Z Proto’s underpinnings – a heavily modified version of the current Z-car platform. The roadster rendering makes the Z Proto look a lot more like modern Z cars than its predecessors. The similarities between the Z Proto and the 370Z are probably the result of the car having the same position, even though it is not a carryover platform. The company noted that the car produced different horsepower, which required engineers to implement several changes.
Speaking of horsepower, Nissan has slipped a twin-turbocharged V6 engine under the hood of the Z Proto, although the company won’t disclose the release. Rumors suggest that Nissan will use the engine from the Infiniti Red Sport models, which could give the new Z up to 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts). But a lot can change between now and any time Nissan decides to reveal it, especially considering the company’s current financial situation and its ambitious turnaround plan. We expect it to debut next year as a 2022 model.