We know that a new Nissan Z is coming. It’s been in the works for the better part of a decade as Nissan looks to enhance its sports car history. Before we see the IRL version, it looks like Nissan is planning on revealing a prototype called the Nissan Z Proto.
To tease the unveiling, Nissan released a series of photographs and video.
The Nissan Z Proto is coming
The new Z is one of 12 models Nissan will be unveiling in the next year and a half. When it does come to market, it’s anticipated to wear the 2022 Nissan 400Z name. A video posted by the brand earlier this year showcased the model’s retro-inspired styling. It is slated to have a twin-turbo V6 under its hood (that’s what powers the Infiniti Q50 and Q6 400 Red Sport today. In those cars it gets 400 horsepower and that’s a figure that likely plays into the car’s fresh name. Look for a NISMO-tuned edition of the model to push 500 horsepower.
Nissan will unveil the Z Proto on September 15 at 7:30 p.m. CDT. Ahead of that, AutomotiveMap did a bit of sleuthing using Photoshop and was able to uncover the looks of the model. The image isn’t perfect, but it is telling.
Upping the brightness of the teaser image provided by Nissan allows the shape of the Z Proto to be seen.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America
The Z Proto wears a a familiar nose, A-pillar, and fastback design. It’s headlights are unique to the Nissan lineup and its back end appears blunted with beefy haunches.
It is expected that the 2022 Z will debut in the sheet metal flesh next year and enter the market in late 2021.