New Nissan Z Proto teaser hints at a manual gearbox for the upcoming Z car!

Ahead of the official unveiling of the Nissan Z Prototype – called Z Proto – on the 16th of September, Nissan has taken to its YouTube channel to release a new teaser video, this time hinting at the inclusion of a manual transmission on the upcoming Z car!

Right at the end of the teaser video, a short segment depicting a hand moving onto a manual gear shifter flashes for approximately two seconds, before transitioning to the new Nissan logo, seemingly confirming that the Z Proto and the next Z car will indeed come with a manual option – blink and you’ll miss it!

Aside from the transmission, the video also gave us a closer look at some of the heritage-inspired exterior design elements. These include the headlights with split daytime-running lights signature, a Datsun 240z-inspired silhouette, as well as a horizontal light-bar taillights influenced by the Z32 300ZX of the 1990s.

The slim horizontal taillights design was also confirmed by Nissan’s design boss Alfonso Albaisa, who posted a line-art drawing of the new rear-end of the Z Proto on his own Instagram account.

All that’s left now is what’s underneath the hood. Recent rumours suggest that the Z Proto and upcoming Z car – said to be called the 400Z – will be powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 taken straight from the Infiniti Q60, which will be good for 400 hp and 500 Nm of torque.

Since the launch on the 16th of September will be for the prototype though, there may still be some time before we find out about this part of the car. Still, we can’t wait to finally see the complete car next Wednesday, which you can watch the live stream here at 8.30 am!


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