Nissan Z Proto – Fairlady gets V6 twin turbo & manual!

At long last, Nissan has finally taken the sheaths off the

next Fairlady Z sports car
, albeit in the
Z Proto concept
guise. The new vehicle is still in its
prototype phase (hence the Proto), with production tipped to begin
sometime in 2022 before being sold in early 2023.

What you’re looking at is an amalgam of the Fairlady’s
forebears – they weren’t kidding when they said the Z Proto
will wear a
“heritage-inspired” design
. Nissan design chief Alfonso
Albaisa said combining a retro-futuristic theme was a challenging
task, but decided ultimately that the Z Proto should “travel
between the decades, including the future.”

Penned and developed by the design team in Japan, the Z Proto
features teardrop-shaped LED headlights with dual curved LED DRLs
per side. This is a nod to the original 240Z (or more specifically,
the circular reflections on the 240Z’s headlights), and between
them is an upright, rectangular radiator grille with oval fins, the
dimensions of which are apparently similar to the outgoing

Its cab rearwards profile is distinctly Z. The roofline flows
from the nose to the squared off rear end, a look very much
reminiscent of the original Z. This is further amplified by how the
rear quarter glass transitions into the tailgate.

The LED tail lights – clearly inspired by the 300ZX –
continue to feature the same oval design motif seen in the front
grille, whereas the one-piece rear bumper gets an integrated lip
with two sizeable exhaust exits. There are Z roundels just above
the haunches, too, plus a Fairlady Z badge at the back.

Finishing things off are the carbon-fibre side skirts, front
lower lip and rear valance, as well as bronze 19-inch alloy wheels
shod with mixed profile tyres. The bright yellow pearlescent paint
pays tribute to the popular paint scheme introduced on both the S30
240Z and Z32 300ZX, which is contrasted with a black roof, black
low-profile spoiler, and black wing mirrors.

The modern retro design approach continues into the cabin.
Interestingly, the interior looks pretty much production ready,
complete with a deep dish three-spoke multifunction steering wheel
with a redline shift point at the 12 o’ clock position. The
driver also gets a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster, and
a trio of gauges (angled towards the driver) atop the centre

Look closely at the content on the display and you’ll spot a
nice easter egg – the “1969 km” mileage counter points
towards the year the S30 (or original Fairlady Z) was first
introduced, while the “370 km” of range refers to the most
recent Z car. Neat touch, Nissan.

Other notable features include a canted touchscreen display,
yellow contrasting elements used throughout the cabin, and a

six-speed short-throw stick
. There also appears to be a
rev-match button on the right (just like on the
), as well as a USB type-C charging port just in front of
the shifter boot.

Now, Nissan says this
A90 Toyota GR Supra
rival was built to “bring the joy and
excitement of sports car ownership” to as many people as
possible. Throughout the Z’s history, each new generation is more
powerful than its predecessor, and the same should apply here with
the Z Proto.

The automaker has yet to reveal technical details of the car,
but reports suggest that it will be built on the front-engine,
rear-drive FM chassis, with power derived solely from a 3.0 litre
twin-turbo V6 petrol engine with no electrification whatsoever. Its
purported 400Z name indicates that it will at least produce 400 PS
and 500 Nm, with drive sent to the rear wheels through the standard
fit six-speed manual transmission.

Nissan’s chief product specialist of the Z Proto, Hiroshi
Tamura said the Z is measured more than just its output figures.
“Z is a balance of power and agility. It is a vehicle that
creates a connection with the driver not just on the physical
level, but emotionally, and responds to the driver’s impulses,”
Tamura said.

Lastly, for dimensions, the low slung Z Proto measures 4,382 mm
in length, 1,850 mm wide, and just 1,310 mm tall. During the
digital unveiling, Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida said the Z is a pure
sports car that represents the spirit of Nissan. “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,” he said.

Source: FS – Cars 1
Nissan Z Proto – Fairlady gets V6 twin turbo &