Fans have long wanted the most famous series in the history of Nissan (Datsun), the Z coupe family, which put the brand on the map at the time, to return. Their dream has now been half-fulfilled: although the Z Proto is just a study car, it has been thoroughly developed, and even if the factory does not state the expected date of series production, the intention is clear.
From the decades-long history of Z-sports cars, the study car cleverly combines style elements drawn here and there (headlights evoke the 70s, taillights 300ZX) built from modern materials, carbon composite elements reduce weight and increase its attractiveness in several places .
In terms of dimensions, the Z Proto adapts to the latest coupe, the 370Z: 125 mm longer, 5 mm wider and 5 mm lower.
The interior is the most modern element of the study, as no retro car today can miss the huge (this time 12.3-inch) digital display – yet the formal details only flash back into the past, from the recessed steering wheel to the hemmed seat upholstery.
Six-speed manual transmission and V6 twin-turbocharged engine – Nissan refuses to reveal more details about the technical parameters of the study car for the time being. In any case, it turns out that they are not thinking of an electric sports car – although it is not excluded that the Z may receive an emission-free powertrain later.