It’s official, the new Nissan 400Z Proto concept car will have a manual gearbox, traditional handbrake and brand new V6 engine along with many other additions across the board. The digital launch took place mid-September in America with Nissan boss, Alfonso Albaisa, revealing a sketch providing a modern take on previous Z models with a particular focus on the Nissan Z32 300ZX of the early 1990s.
Nissan 400Z Proto Design Cues And Styling
The Nissan Z derivatives have always looked good and the new prototype doesn’t disappoint. It looks streamlined and sporty with stunning design elements, a long bonnet and curvier edges. The Nissan 400Z Proto shows some historic cues including a C-pillar-mounted Z badge, a sloping rear window along with round headlamps similar to earlier models.
At first glimpse, the steep roof takes you back to the current Nissan 370Z although the Proto concept does appear more fluid in design. In addition to the longer bonnet you’ll find a chrome strip on the roof, sharper body lines and semi-circular LED headlights. It has undoubtedly taken inspiration from the current model but it now features an aggressive-looking low spoiler and a gaping air intake.
Moving to the rear, the tail-lights look like those on the Nissan 370Z but the Proto concept has a rectangular background that runs across the rear which also wraps around onto the rear wings. The Z Proto concept is 4,382mm long, 1,850mm wide and 1,310mm tall which makes it about 12cm longer and wider than the current Nissan 370Z.
Considering it’s a concept car, there’s not much to go on in terms of the interior. However, what we can tell you is that the cabin looks ready for production. Expect all the bells and whistles from a modern car plus a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel with a redline shift point at the 12-o’clock position and a deep-dish steering wheel.
Nissan 400Z Proto Performance And Specifications
The same can be said about the powertrain as they’ve kept their cards close to their chests. Some rumours have been floating around suggesting the Nissan 400Z could get a 4.0-litre V6 or the twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 in the current Infiniti Red Sport 400 models.
Still, it’s hard not to be excited about the promise the Proto concept holds especially with the intimidating growl of the Z-derivatives’ 3.7-litre V6 pushing out 332 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. A brilliant addition to what could be an incredible car is the traditional six-speed manual gearbox which will add even more with its distinct mechanical feel.
The question on everyone’s lips is whether the Nissan 400Z Proto concept will make its way to South Africa but the Japanese automaker isn’t giving much away. Judging from the early media reports, and the fact that it is not destined for the UK or Europe, it probably won’t be available locally either. Still, one can hope and maybe the car gods will intervene but, unfortunately, only time will tell.
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