Finally, Nissan will exhibit the next-generation Z sports car within the coming weeks. Well, a minimum of in prototype kind. The Nissan Z Proto will make its official debut on September 15.
Nissan teased the automobile in a brand new video, however we have already got a reasonably good concept of what it’s going to appear to be. An older video flaunted the Z’s horny and streamlined design, together with its lengthy hood and rounded haunches. The automobile options distinct throwback cues equivalent to a C-pillar-mounted Z badge, sloping rear glass, and spherical headlamps that recall the design of the automobile’s earlier generations.
It’s nonetheless unclear what is going to energy the brand new Z. The automobile may get a 4.0-liter V-6 as rumors of a 400Z badge would counsel. Or it may pack the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 that powers Infiniti’s Red Sport 400 models. Perhaps we’ll discover out on the reveal this month, though it’s fairly possible Nissan will maintain this data till the ultimate automobile arrives.
Regardless, we’re excited a brand new Z is coming, if solely as a result of the present one is historic. Today’s 370Z is without doubt one of the oldest automobiles nonetheless on sale, having arrived for the 2009 model year. It’s outclassed in nearly each facet, too, from its driving dynamics to its stale inside that’s devoid of contemporary expertise. Still, we will’t assist however be charmed by the unruly growl of the present Z’s 3.7-liter V-6 and its 332 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. We additionally admire the automobile’s old-school six-speed handbook transmission with its distinct mechanical shifter really feel.
Watch the Nissan Z Proto unveil on TheNissanNext.com on September 15 at 7:30 p.m. CDT.
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