There’s a new Z car coming, and Nissan is leaving nothing to chance. After all, when it comes to replacing a sports car with plenty of fans and five decades of history under its belt, you need to get it right. Whetting our collective appetite, then, is the Nissan Z Proto, a heavy-handed hint as to what we can expect from the new production Z.
Outside, it’s a mixture of heritage styling and modern aesthetic. There’s plenty borrowed from the back catalog, like the distinctive lights and truncated rear, but blended with 21st century detailing, carbon fiber, and 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside, a deep dish steering wheel sits in front of a fully digital driver display.
Under the shapely hood there’s a twin-turbocharged V6; Nissan isn’t saying how big an engine that will be, nor how much torque or horsepower we can expect. A six-speed manual is first out the gate, but there’s apparently an automatic option in development. All in all, consider us intrigued, but Nissan will need to spill the beans on its full new Z car details if it wants to get wallets opening.