Nissan took the wraps off its Z Proto concept car this week, giving sports car enthusiasts a taste of what we can probably expect from the seventh-generation Z.
The upcoming Z will retain its front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout and V6, but add twin turbochargers. There are, for now, scant specs, but we’ll note that Nissan’s upscale division, Infiniti, offers a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower in its Q60 sedan. (That model is also available with all-wheel-drive.)
Nissan is apparently banking on the next Z car to be fueled by nostalgia, as the Z Proto blatantly echoes design cues of the most popular Zs. In profile, you can see the roofline of Nissan/Datsun’s first Fairlady/240Z. At the rear, LED taillights are integrated in a black panel that extends the full width of the vehicle, much like the 1990-96 300ZX.
The tasteful cabin is business-like, blending traditional sports and racing touches with contemporary technology like a 12.3-inch display for digital instrumentation. A deep-dish round steering wheel lends a vintage (and welcome) touch as well.