Nissan has teased the next Z sports car in a video for the second time, having confirmed its existence in May, and we’re going to know a whole lot more about it very soon.
Expected to be called 400Z, the next Z sports car will succeed the current 370Z and take the two-door, two-seat fight to the new-generation Toyota Supra.
Just like the earlier teaser, the 400Z’s retro exterior design is visible at the end of the video, with Datsun 240Z cues noticeable up front, while Nissan 300ZX influences are expected at the rear, although it’s not visible.
AutoExpress reported last week the 400Z won’t go sale globally until 2023, although it will be publicly revealed as a production model in 2022, likely in the second half, meaning the 370Z will be around for some time yet.
That said, Japanese media previously claimed the 400Z would officially debut in May next year, so it’s pretty much anybody’s guess when it will go down.
Either way, CarsGuide understands the 400Z will be shown in prototype form in two weeks, serving as a tantalising preview of the real deal. And yes, as the new teaser video suggests, this example will be dubbed Z Proto.
As far as what the 400Z will bring to the table, it’s expected to use the Infiniti Q60’s version of Nissan’s FM platform, a different variant of which underpins the 370Z.
This means the 400Z will get the Q60’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, dubbed VR30, with two outputs rumoured: an entry level with about 224kW/400Nm and a flagship with around 298kW/475Nm.
Both versions of the 400Z will send drive to the rear wheels via a seven-speed torque-converter automatic, as per the Q60, although a six-speed manual with rev-matching is reportedly on the cards, too.
As reported by CarsGuide, the 400Z is more or less a lock for an Australian launch, with local Nissan boss Stephen Lester telling us there’s “no reason” it won’t be sold here.
“One of the things about Nissan, and Japanese brands in general, is that our home market is right-hand drive, so you can’t expect there not to be a right-hand-drive variant,” he said.
“There’s nothing to our knowledge that would suggest we couldn’t have it.”
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