Nissan Unveils First Look at Next-Gen Z Proto Sports Car - Maxim

Nissan Unveils Stylish Z Proto Sports Car

The Nissan Z Proto is heavily inspired by the 70s-era Datsun 240Z and ‘80s-era 300ZX.
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The seventh generation of Nissan's beloved Z sports car is previewed in the Z Proto, a generation-crossing concept that draws from classic ‘70s and ‘80s-era models. 

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There are multiple links to the a Japan-only variant of the original Datsun 240Z, including a slightly raised area of the elongated hood, canted, teardrop-shaped LED headlights, grille fins, roofline, transition from the rear quarter-glass to the tail, and overall posture in-profile. The tailights, set in a rectangular black bar that stretches across the rear, recalls those of the turbocharged 300Z.

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Lightweight carbon fiber treatments on the side skirts, a front lower lip, rear bumper valance, 19-inch alloy wheels and dual exhausts serve as an evolution of the current 370Z. 

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The cockpit is headed by a 12.3-inch digital screen that displays all of the vehicle's vitals. A new, "deep-dish" steering wheel offers the driver quick access controls without losing its vintage aesthetic, while a liberal amount of yellow accents add aesthetic flair.  

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Regarding powertrain, Nissan has only officially revealed an "enhanced V6 twin-turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox." Car and Driver reports that it'll be a modified version of the 300- and 400-hp tune that runs the Infiniti Q50 and Q60. 

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Again, this is only a preview of what will likely be called the 400Z. We'll keep an eye out for more information. 

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