Many of you responded to the unveiling of the Nissan Z Proto last fall, which is a preview of the new generation of Nissan’s 370Z sports coupe. Well, good news: the production model will be almost identical.
Indeed, if we rely on these patent images discovered and published by the site CarExpert, the designers made virtually no changes.
It must be said that the Z Proto was much more of a preproduction car than a fancy concept. Thus, the entire silhouette as well as the shape of the grille, headlights and bumpers are reflected in the new images in black.
Photo: Nissan via IP Australia
All that’s missing are the rims and tires (those on the Z Proto sported white lettering which might not be kept), badges, side mirrors and details like the signature headlights. In the case of the rims, don’t be surprised to see the same again either.
Nissan’s design director, Alfonso Albaisa, had also promised during the unveiling of the Z Proto to “no longer touch the exterior”, leaving engineers to make “only very small changes”. We now have proof that he was telling the truth.
Will the rectangular grille appeal to everyone? Certainly not, but it’s still not as disturbing as that of the new BMW M3 and M4.
As for the interior, we can bet that it will also be very faithful to what we have already seen, with a new 12.3-inch digital instrumentation and a large multimedia screen on the central block.
The new Nissan Z, which should feature a twin-turbo V6 developing around 400 horsepower and thus bear the name 400Z, will unfortunately not be ready for quite a while. Once marketed, it will come to deliver a hot battle to the Toyota GR Supra and the new generation Ford Mustang.