Nissan Z Proto Shows 6-Speed Manual, New Design Details In Teaser Video
Next Tuesday, September 15 at 8:30 p.m. EDT, the wraps will finally come off the new Z sports car. It will technically be a prototype, but the production version coming next year is expected to be largely the same. Ahead of the worldwide debut of the 370Z replacement, Nissan released an unprecedented number of teasers to create suspense.
The latest episode further confirms what the previous clip suggested – the availability of a manual gearbox. We can see the six-speed shifter lever in all its glory, as well as a proper handbrake instead of a button in an attempt to please purists. Not only that, but Nissan was kind enough to show off the taillights a bit, which will take after those on the 300ZX (Z32).
The 30 second clip gives us the chance to see the revised Z logo and check out those alloy rims with a five double spoke design and Z brand brake calipers lurking behind it. If you’re not sure what type of car you’re looking at, the tires have prominent Nissan and Z letters on the sidewall which might remain a prototype affair.
We also hear the roar of the engine, presumably a V6. It is said to use a 3.0-liter biturbo adapted from the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 where it develops 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet (475 Newton-meters) of torque, but that remains to be seen. For what it’s worth, Nissan says the Z Proto will be “mighty,” not to mention “iconic” and “retro” as described in the video on Youtube.
With a few days left to go for the long-awaited debut, we have a feeling Nissan has at least one more teaser prepared for its new rear-wheel drive coupe.