Nissan Z Proto officially revealed: Nod to the past, peek into the future

Updated Sep 16, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

A new Z is coming – and it's looking pretty nostalgic.

Nissan has put all talks into rest as it launched the Z Proto. This is an indication that the Japanese car brand is on its way to launch a new generation model of the iconic Z sports car.

What you’re seeing now is the prototype car in bright yellow paint, which gives you a preview of the things to come for the new Z.

Nissan Z Proto: First Look

The launch of the new Z was first hinted in the Nissan A-Z teaser video. Now, Nissan says the Z Proto is a vehicle that pays full respect to the 50 years of Z heritage. The Z Proto comes with a new design as well as an upgraded powertrain with a manual transmission.

Nissan Z Proto global launch

Nissan Z Proto

The exterior of the Z Proto is sleek, smooth, and clean. It doesn’t come with aggressive styling cues that are usually seen in a performance-ready vehicle. The front end of the Z Proto is like a tamed beast and has less angular design than the current Z.

The shape of the hood and the teardrop-shaped LED headlights of the Z Proto are both unmistakable reminders of the original Z, according to Nissan. Moreover, the bright yellow paint is a nod to a popular paint scheme on both the first-generation 240Z and the 300ZX.

Nissan Z Proto global launch

The Nissan Z Proto looks stunning when viewed from the side

The side of the Z Proto is rather more striking as compared to its front end. The roofline flows from the nose to the squared-off rear. It also has sharp character lines that run from the front to the rear. These lines also give the Z Proto a striking presence when viewed from the side. The prototype is also fitted with lightweight carbon fiber trims on the side skirts and it sits at 19-inch allow wheels.

Nissan Z Proto global launch

Nissan Z Proto comes with dual exhaust pipes

Going to the rear, Nissan says the taillights of the Z Proto took design inspiration from the 300ZX. Like the front end, the rear of the vehicle is sleek and has a clean design. You could even say that this prototype looks like an electric vehicle due to how it looks.

Nissan Z Proto global launch

Black and yellow interior

The interior of the Z Proto comes with a dark theme along with yellow stitching, glossy black trims, and splashes of silver. At first glance, you can already tell that the Z Proto has a modern interior as seen on its 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and large infotainment system.

Nissan shared that its interior design team sought advice from professional motorsports legends to give the Z Proto an ideal sports car cabin. With that, the Japanese automaker added that the Z Proto comes with a deep-dish steering wheel that offers the driver quick access controls without losing its vintage aesthetic.

Nissan Z Proto global launch

Nissan Z Proto comes with a 6-speed manual transmission

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Under the hood, the Z Proto is powered by a V6 twin-turbocharged engine that’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission. However, Nissan has yet to release the official powertrain output of the Z Proto. The automaker said that “work is now underway to synchronize the power with the grace and control that has defined the Z for the past 50 years.”

Nissan Z Proto global launch

Old meets new

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Martin Aguilar

Martin Aguilar


Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. His love for cars first started when he got a remote-controlled toy as a birthday present. Then, Martin’s interest in cars was further developed through his family’s humble collection of Japanese cars.

Martin started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before joining Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

Aside from his interest in cars, Martin loves to read crime-thriller novels, play basketball in the virtual world, eat tapsilog, and go for random road trip adventures.

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