Nissan unveiled the 400Z Proto, a new generation of the legendary Z sportscar, at a virtual event beamed around the world from the Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama. Visually it pays respect to 50 years of Z heritage. At the same time, it’s a thoroughly modern sportscar.

The link to the original Z is most striking when viewing the Z Proto from the side. The 19-inch alloy wheels and dual exhausts complete the Z Proto’s road presence.

Yellow accents are found throughout the cabin, including stitching on the instrument panel. The seats feature special yellow accenting and a layered gradation stripe in the center of the seats to create depth.

In a link to the modern sportscars the Z’s instrumentation has all the important information in a 12.3-inch digital display and arranged to help the driver grasp it at a glance. Note the redline shift point is at the twelve o-clock position.

Power will come from a V6 twin turbocharged engine and is sent to the rear wheels. Fascinatingly it only comes with a six-speed manual transmission.

Lots more details will come from Nissan in the near future. Personally we can’t wait for the time we can get our backsides into the new Z.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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