Nissan today unveiled the “Z Proto” concept car, announcing its intention to launch a new generation of “Z” sports cars. An event was organized Hypothetical aired Around the world from the Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama, Japan. This test car features a new design inside and out, as well as a 6cylinder engine with twin turbochargers and a manual transmission.
The concept car was mentioned for the first time in a special promotional video entitled “Nissan AZ”. The test car was inspired by the history of the “Z” model, which extends over 50 years with modern sporty features.
In this context, Makoto Uchida, CEO of “Nissan” said: The Z is a sports car par excellence that represents the spirit of Nissan. I’m a fan of the Z models and I’m glad to announce that the next generation is coming. ”
The virtual event was attended by a group of sports car fans, old and young, including members of the Z Club in Japan and the ZCON Conference in Nashville, USA, and other car lovers around the world.
Exterior design: past meets future
The new concept car was developed by the Japanese design team and features a striking exterior design with lines highlighting the model’s long history. It features a brilliant yellow pearl color in a tribute to the firstgeneration Z (S30) and 300ZX. (Z32) With a black roof.
Afonso Albaisa, Head of Design at Nissan, said: “It was difficult to combine the classic character with the futuristic vision, but our engineers were able to conduct a set of studies, designs and research on previous models and their success factors. And we decided that the new car should make a journey through the decades into the future. ”
The bonnet and LED drop headlights are reminiscent of the first Z, while the rectangular grille is reminiscent of the current model with the addition of oval blades to give it a contemporary, sporty and elegant feel.
“The semicircle LED headlights date back to the 240ZG, which was only launched in the 1970s in Japan. The ZG features a transparent lens over the headlamps, which reflects light in two circles. We liked this unique feature and found it had a natural place within the Z cars ‘identity.’
The connection with the first Z car is evident when you see the side of the Z Proto. The classic design lines are clear and similar to the first generation of the car, where the rear is higher than the front bumper, giving the Z car a unique look. The rear of the car was inspired by the rear lights of the 300ZX, with a redesign to match the contemporary character. It is rectangular and extends to the corners with a clear LED light.
Carbon fiber has been incorporated into the side rim, front bumper and rear curtain, ensuring dynamic performance. The car is equipped with 19inch alloy wheels and a dual exhaust, giving it an impressive presence on the roads.
Interior design: contemporary technology and traditional touches
Designed to suit the needs of the driver and passenger, the interior seamlessly blends contemporary technology with traditional touches.
The interior design team collaborated with the world’s leading motorsports drivers to give the Z Proto a sports carlike interior suitable for roads and racetracks. This is reflected in the tools available in the car, with a 12.3inch digital screen designed to give the driver the information he needs at a glance.
The steering wheel provides quick controls without losing its classic appeal. The interior is fitted with yellow accents on the seats and dashboard.
Sports car thrill: dynamic and exciting performance
The original Z was designed to provide excitement and action and put the sports car within the reach of more people.
Hiroshi Tamura, Z Proto product specialist, said: “The Z has always been blessed with the power of its dynamic performance, allowing customers to enjoy its capabilities and communicate with the car. This has been achieved across all of its generations and this is what always drives us to more innovation and challenge the status quo. ”
Each generation was distinguished from the previous by a powerful engine, but the car was not limited to its power. Tamura added, “The Z car provides a balance between energy and flexibility, as it simulates the driver not only on a physical level but also on an emotional level and responds to his demands.”
Z Proto is powerful and equipped with a sixcylinder engine with a twinturbocharger and a sixspeed manual transmission. With the concept car, work is currently underway to harmonize power and handling, to be the same as those of its predecessors over the past 50 years.
Uchida concluded, “With the launch of the electric Aria this summer, we have ushered in a new era of electric and autonomous technology, and with the Z car, we are bringing customers the excitement of sports cars. For more than 50 years, we have together made the legend of the Z car. I am delighted that you will accompany us in the next chapter. The New Z is on its way to you. ”
|Z Proto advantages|
|the engine||Six cylinders with dual turbocharger|
|Motion vector||Sixspeed manual|
|Wheel size||Front: 255 / 40R19
Rear: 285 / 35R19