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Revealed: Nissan Z Proto concept

Nissan finally pulled the silk off its Z Proto this evening, offering a long-anticipated preview of what the production version (expected to be called the 400Z) will look like. After a steady trickle of teasers and invitations for speculation, we’re happy to see it in full. Read the full article on Hagerty.com:

 

https://www.hagerty.com/media/news/revealed-nissan-z-proto-concept/

 

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Intermediate Driver

Good on Nissan for doing what Toyota should have done but did not with the Supra: offer a manual transmission. The car looks pretty good, and ready for production except for the grille.


I am aware that the grille is supposed to be a reference to Zs of the past. But here it just looks like it was slapped on in the last minute after the designers realized they were working on a traditional car, not an EV.

Pit Crew

This one looks like a winner, all the right cues from the past and all the current atributes added, I would like one!!

Intermediate Driver

Nice!  I didn't read the whole thing, but looking at it I doubt it does- but would be cool to have 2 small back seats.  The front grill area is a little odd looking.  And yes as another stated, Toyota totally blew it with the Supra, in many ways.  

Passenger

I trust there will be a convertible.  I previously owned a convertible 370Z that I absolutely loved!

Passenger

Love the hood and grill. While the blank area to the left and right of the grill looks empty from some angles, I liked the look so much on my 240Z that I didn't replace the bumper when it got bent. 

Passenger

Work to do on the grill shape for sure- looks like someone whipped out a saws-all and had at it!  Rear tail light treatment is a bit odd as well- would have gone for the more nostalgic separated light treatment myself a-la 240, 260Z with a blacked out rear- more Kamm-Back look-

Passenger

It would look better with round headlights. I know it. You know it. Nissan knows it. Just give it round headlights. It would fix the gaping maw look of a front grille. 

New Driver

The problem with the picture showing the old and the protoype is that I still like the looks of the 240Z so much better.

Pit Crew

In 1983 my future wife bought a brand new 280Z. (No, I did not marry her so I could drive the car. LOL). Here in Canada, the car she bought cost $ 14K + $ 10K for EVERY available Nissan option. It was a 5 speed stick & at that time was 1 of the best handling cars I had ever driven. Beautiful to look at (my wife as well), smooth, quick & sporty, it was a pleasure to drive. Still have the wife, but unfortunately not the car. Will have to wait & see when it comes out, might be a great surprise gift!