Behold, the Nissan Z
22 August 2020
The all-new Nissan Z Proto was unveiled in Japan this month, heralding Nissan’s rebirth of the legendary Z sports car. With looks from the future, and nods to its past, the Z is ready for action.
Featuring a V6 twin-turbocharged engine with manual transmission and an all-new design, the Z is completely redesigned, from the inside out. “The Z, as a pure sports car, represents the spirit of Nissan,” said Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida. “It’s a key model in our Nissan NEXT transformation plan, and it’s proof of our ability to do what others don’t dare to do, from A to Z. As a Z fan myself, I’m excited to announce that the next Z is coming.”
The bright yellow pearlescent paint was no accident. The head-turning colour is a tribute to the popular paint scheme from the first generation Z and the 300ZX.
The design process was a painstaking one. Wanting to honour each iteration of the Z, designers poured over each generation’s design and honed in on what made each one a success. Alfonso Albaisa, head of design at Nissan quips, “We decided the Z Proto should travel between the decades, including the future.”
They chose to keep the iconic shape of the hood and the angled, teardrop-shaped LED headlights from the original Z. A few other elements have been borrowed from Zs of the past, while others are mixed with modern designs. The side skirts, front lower lip, and rear valance are all made of lightweight carbon fiber, while the 19″ alloy wheels and dual exhausts give the Z a striking presence on the road.
If you’re looking for an interior that’s reminiscent of the vintage cars of yesteryear, but with all the modern bells and whistles, it’s here.
The Z’s designers sought advice from professional motorsports drivers to give the cabin a real sports car feel inside. Crucial details are displayed on a 12.3″ digital meter display and the deep dish steering wheel gives drivers quick access to controls.
The yellow can be found on the inside, too, with stitching on the instrument panel, accenting on the seats, and a layered gradation strip in the seats. It’s obvious, no detail went unplanned.
There’s no word yet when the Nissan Z will reach New Zealand shores, but rest assured we’ll be waiting with bells on. If you’re keen to learn more about this sports car, or want up-to-date information from our team about when it arrives, get in touch with us below.