In Yokohama, Japan, Nissan has unveiled the Z Proto, “signaling the company’s intent to launch a new generation of the legendary Z sports car,” the automaker mentioned Tuesday.
The launch occasion was simulcast to Nashville, Tennessee, the place the 33rd International Z Convention was going down with a whole lot of the sports activities automobiles’ house owners and lovers.
Nissan mentioned the prototype vehicle reveals a brand new design in and out in addition to an upgraded powertrain with handbook transmission. However, it added that the Z Proto “is a development study vehicle and does not confirm or reflect production-model specifications.”
“The Z represents the joy of driving in its purest form and has helped shape Nissan’s DNA as a passionate, innovative challenger,” mentioned Nissan chief govt Makoto Uchida. “Ever since the first generation, it has captured the hearts of car enthusiasts all over the world. That’s why we’re so excited today to be able to say to them: ‘Yes, the next one is coming!’”
Z Proto is certainly one of 10 new automobiles that Nissan is displaying for the American automotive market in 20 months.
“The United States is home to one of the most devoted and enthusiastic Z communities in the world, with nearly 1.35 million total sales over the model’s 50-year history,” famous Mike Colleran, Nissan’s US-based senior vice chairman for advertising and marketing and gross sales.
“With new models like Sentra and Rogue opening new eyes to our brand, Z Proto is our loudest statement yet that Nissan will continue to bring vehicles that thrill to U.S. showrooms.”
Unveiled in shiny yellow pearlescent paint – Nissan mentioned it was a tribute to a preferred paint scheme on each the first-generation 240Z and the 300ZX – the Z Proto design combines components of earlier generations whereas additionally projecting futurism, mentioned Nissan design head Alfonso Albaisa.
“Our designers made countless studies and sketches as we researched each generation and what made them a success,” Albaisa mentioned. “Ultimately, we decided the Z Proto should travel between the decades, including the future.”
“The LED headlights have two half-circles that hark back to the Japan market-only 240ZG of the 70s,” Albaisa defined. “The ZG has clear dome lenses over the headlight buckets, which under light give off two circular reflections over each headlight. We liked that unique characteristic and discovered that it naturally fit with the Z’s identity.”
Nissan mentioned the hyperlink to the unique Z is “most striking when viewing the Z Proto from the side. The roofline flows from the nose to the squared-off rear to create a distinctive first-generation Z profile whose rear edge was slightly lower than the front fender height giving the Z its unique posture. The signature transition from the rear quarter glass to the low-slung position of the rear tail adds to the effect.”
The inside is “designed to fit driver and passenger like a glove,” the automaker mentioned, including “the Z Proto’s cabin seamlessly blends modern technology with vintage Z touches.”
With skilled racing drivers as consultants, the Z Proto has touches similar to a tachometer locations so its redline shift level on the 12-o’clock place.
“Z is more than just powerful and agile,” mentioned Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist for the Z Proto. “It is designed to create a connection with the driver, for the car to be a ‘dance partner’ for their on-road adventures.”
That means a twin-turbocharged V6 engine mated to a 6-speed handbook transmission. Engine displacement and different particulars weren’t revealed.