The Nissan Z Proto is a highly anticipated glimpse into the future of sports cars, with a legacy spanning over 50 years. As the long-awaited replacement for the 370Z, which has been on sale since 2009, the new Z is set to make a significant impact on the sports car market.
A Blend of Past and Future
Inspired by the original Datsun 240Z, the 2023 Z is a remix of styling cues from different past Z models. The new model is expected to be called 400Z, asserting its superiority over its predecessors. The cabin will feature the latest Nissan infotainment system, a fresh dashboard design, and a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity.
Under the hood, the new Z is rumored to have a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine that generates up to 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed automatic are expected to be offered, providing drivers with a thrilling driving experience.
Redesigned Badges and Logos
The new Nissan Z sports car will feature redesigned badges, including a new stylized “Z” logo and a redesigned Nissan brand logo. The new Z logo is more embellished than the current one, hinting at a retro theme that pays homage to the model’s rich history.
Competitive Pricing and Release Date
While the new model will see a price uptick, it is expected to start somewhere in the $40,000s to undercut the Toyota Supra. Nissan is expected to debut the new Z sometime this year, with the model hitting dealer lots in the following months or years.