After months of teasers and leaks, Nissan is finally ready to show off its latest Z sports car… well, in prototype form at least. According to a new video released by Nissan, the prototype – dubbed Z Proto – will be unveiled on the 16th of September. Get excited, everyone.
The video plays heavily on the heritage aspect of the ‘Z’ nameplate, showcasing its 50 years of history starting with the Datsun 240Z from 1970. “Nissan is reawakening the Power of Z with the new Nissan Z Proto. We’ve combined 50 years of passion and heritage with modern technology to design the new generation of the legendary Z sports car,” the video description read.
Otherwise, the video did not give out any new information that we didn’t already know. Teased at the very tail-end of the video, the Nissan Z Proto and the upcoming Z car will feature a retro-licious design, said to be inspired by the 240Z and 300ZX.
There’s the long low-slung bonnet, sloping roofline and muscular rear haunches, along with a split circular headlights, and the new Zed emblem on the C-pillars. And to be completely honest, Nissan’s previous video gave us a better look at the upcoming car better than this; we’ll just have to wait two more weeks to have a better look at the highly-anticipated sports car.
Word on the streets is that the upcoming Z will be called the 400Z, hinting at its engine output instead of the capacity as seen on the 350Z and 370Z – the latter introduced in 2008, but is still in production now 12 years later.
Under the hood will most likely be the 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 taken from the Infiniti Q60, which is capable of delivering more than 400 hp and 500 Nm of torque. There were also rumours that the new Z car could feature some sort of electrification to its drivetrain, but enthusiasts will be glad to know that power is still sent to the rear wheels.
We won’t dwell too much on the uncertainties, so hopefully all of the juicy details we’ve been craving for will all be revealed two weeks from now. Until then though, forgive us while we bask in the glory of Nissan’s sports car heritage.