New Nissan Z Proto (400Z) revealed: price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
September 16, 2020

The new Nissan Z Proto concept car has been revealed. Read on for full details on this two-seater sports coupe. 

  • Replacement for 370Z
  • Twin-turbo 3.0 V6
  • Retro design
  • Simple interior
  • 6spd manual gearbox
  • Auto probably optional
  • Likely on sale in 2022
  • European sales unlikely

This new Nissan Z Proto concept comes with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and a manual gearbox. You can expect both to appear in a roadgoing Nissan 400Z rival to the Toyota Supra and BMW M2 that’ll arrive in 2022.

The new Z Proto previews the design up the upcoming 400Z.

2022 Nissan 400Z design

The new Nissan Z Proto shows you what to expect from the finished 400Z sportscar. The square front grille and headlights with semi-circular daytime-running lights take inspiration from the first Nissan Z car – the 240Z from the seventies.

The Z Proto’s compact body has space for just two seats.

From the side, you can see that the new Z Proto’s cabin has been pushed back towards the rear wheels to give it a long, low bonnet. The rising rear window frame under the contrasting black roof apes the shape of the 240Z’s silhouette and features a similar Z emblem.

Are those real exhausts? It certainly looks like it… 

At the rear, the Z Proto’s design takes on a Nineties vibe with brake lights that look similar to the (then) high-tech 300ZX. There are two exhausts pipes peeking out beneath a large contrasting black section of the rear bumper, which gives the Z Proto a blunter, far less bulbous rear end than the outgoing 370Z.

The Z Proto comes with a twin-turbo V6 engine. 

2022 Nissan 400Z engine and driving

The Z Proto is fitted with a twin-turbo V6 engine. Adding turbochargers means Nissan can downsize the new car’s engine without sacrificing any power. Expect the new 400 Z to come with a 3.0-litre engine producing more power than the outgoing Nissan 370Z’s 328hp 3.7-litre unit.

A tweet from Nissan’s Australian division gives you a chance to hear the new car’s engine for the first time. The smooth revs and slightly muted tone is typical of a twin-turbocharged V6.

The Z Proto comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. 

Like the outgoing Nissan 370Z, and the 350Z before that, the new 400Z will come with a manual gearbox – something of a rarity these days. However, you’ll almost certainly be able to pay extra to get an automatic gearbox if you’d prefer.

The new Z Proto has a simple, sporty interior.

2022 Nissan 400Z interior

While the Z Proto’s exterior takes obvious inspiration from past Z models, the interior is bang up-to-date. There’s  12.3-inch digital driver’s display instead of conventional analogue dials and a second large touchscreen on the dashboard.

This digital driver’s display is expected to appear on the production car. 

The raised centre console and heavily contoured sports seats should help you feel cocooned inside, but the plain door trim designs look a little bland compared with what you get in the likes of a Toyota Supra. At least there’s some yellow contrasting stitching to stop the cabin from looking overly monochrome.

Nissan 400Z price and release date

When it goes on sale either in 2022 or early in 2023, the new Z will give Nissan a direct rival for the popular Toyota Supra, reigniting a battle first seen in the 1980s and 1990s. Unfortunately, Nissan has said that strict emissions regulations mean it’s unlikely the new Z sports car will go on sale in Europe, where the manufacturer intends to focus on SUVs and electrified vehicles.

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