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From our friends over at CarScoops.com 

The next Nissan Z sports car is almost here as the Japanese automaker has announced September 15 as the debut date for the 370Z successor.

 

Called the Nissan Z Proto, the new sports car is teased in a new video that features its predecessors. “Nissan is reawakening the Power of Z with the new Nissan Z Proto. We’ve combined 50 years of passion and heritage with modern technology to design the new generation of the legendary Z sports car,” the automaker says in a short statement accompanying the video.

The Nissan Z Proto will be unveiled on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. CDT at the Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama, Japan. No other details are provided but the video does offer a glimpse of the fifth-generation Z sports car. It’s not as revealing as the group teaser video Nissan dropped on May 28 but it does reveal how the LED headlights look in the dark.

See Also: The 2021 Nissan 400Z Should Look Just Like This

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Given the timing of the unveiling, it’s reasonable to believe the automaker will launch the Z Proto for the 2021 model year, though obviously we can’t know that for sure. Still, this seems to dismiss a recent report that said the new Z sports car would launch in late 2022.

Unless the ‘Proto’ in the model’s name is a reference to “prototype”, in which case the Z Proto is a near-production prototype. Obviously, there are more questions than answers at the moment regarding the new Z sports car.

However, word on the street is the Z Porto will be based on the 370Z architecture instead of being an all-new effort. Expect it to have around 400 horsepower from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 sourced from Infiniti’s Q50 and Q60 Red Sport 400. Rumor has it Nissan will offer it with a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic, though this hasn’t been confirmed.

Source:  DAN MIHALASCU | POSTED ON 

https://www.carscoops.com/2020/09/nissans-new-z-sports-car-to-debut-september-15-as-the-z-proto/

 

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C'mon Nissan, we are rooting for a good one this time.  Make sure you're near your phone, tablet, or computer to find out on Sept 15/16 (a few misleading dates to be honest)

Mike

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I really hope they put an option with an electric motor. I would think Nissan has the tech available from LEAF. I dont want to choose between a `model 3` and a `400z`, i would think the price point would be around the same, mid-30k.

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6 hours ago, heyitsrama said:

I really hope they put an option with an electric motor. I would think Nissan has the tech available from LEAF. I dont want to choose between a `model 3` and a `400z`, i would think the price point would be around the same, mid-30k.

I'm for keeping the new Z fossil fuel burner with an option of a twin turbo. 

Nissan should learn a lesson from the 2nd gen Acura NSX.  It was intended to be a V-10, but went into production with a V-6 and electric motor assist, losing it's soul in the process.  It's indeed a technical marvel and strong performer on paper but since 2016, less than 2000 have been built.  Not really a marketplace success for a flagship model.

 

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Was is the lack of a v10 that hurt the sales? I would think at ~$155k there is competition for other cars that can out perform it.

I was not around during the 70's, but looking at cars around that era it seems that the Z helped bring an era of cheap/fun/reliable sports cars. They may have a chance to do that again with an electric platform.

http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/is-this-the-rear-of-the-next-generation-nissan-z/#more-81181

This rendering makes the car look kinda flat..

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Another sneak peek. I'm looking forward to Tuesday.

 

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In the video it looks like he put his hand on an automatic shifter based on how wide it is at the 17 second mark


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This looks promising for those of us who like to choose our own gears.

 

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I like that one too...  Here's what the notes say on the youtube video..  RETRO ?  We'll see.  ?

 

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Turn up your speakers and hear the Nissan Z Proto roar! It’s iconic, it’s retro, it’s powerful. Watch the live unveiling on Sept. 16 at 9:30 a.m. JST/12:30 a.m. GMT (8:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 15).

This snapshot of the back end does look promising.  And did anyone notice the MANUAL transmission?  Whoop... :bunny:

 

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All you have to do is cough up about $50 large......Quite a difference from 1969-70...$3500.

Cheers, Mike

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They $3500 is equal to about $25k now but thats based on published federal inflation numbers which are low. I would say closer to 40k. So not too far off, considering the complexity of a modern car

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another 370z,,,, nice


The hips and rear are way more buff than a 370 ;) I’d say 370 who does squats maybe?

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They would have made more of a significant design change by just bolting ZG flares and 432R Rear Spoiler .... this is another 370z in my eyes.

It is pretty bad when you look at a "new car design" and need a photo of the last iteration to find the subtle changes.... Nissan is lost.

And as Mr K and Mr M said of the 350z,.,... IT STILL LOOKS FAT.

50year anniversary  of the 240z and a not-240z tribute car...grrrr

A look behind the new design process:

  • 370z chassis (quick and cheap low bar effort platform) [✔]
  • 300zx tail lights & 3l engine (cheap plastic insert and low bar engine) [✔]
  • S30 badges and hood bump (very cheap changes) [✔]

 

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They would have made more of a significant design change by just bolting ZG flares and 432R Rear Spoiler .... this is another 370z in my eyes.

It is pretty bad when you look at a "new car design" and need a photo of the last iteration to find the subtle changes.... Nissan is lost.

And as Mr K and Mr M said of the 350z,.,... IT STILL LOOKS FAT.

50year anniversary  of the 240z and a not-240z tribute car...grrrr

A look behind the new design process:

  • 370z chassis (quick and cheap low bar effort platform) []
  • 300zx tail lights & 3l engine (cheap plastic insert and low bar engine) []
  • S30 badges and hood bump (very cheap changes) []
 

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You know, when you put those photos side by side, I totally see your point!!! :( You’ve ruined it fo me.

 

I do like the rear and the hips though. They are definitely less bulbous than the 370’s and the rear lights are more 240. I was going to say that in the modern world of safety standards etc it’s difficult to produce cars close to the original, but then, they did achieve a great outcome with the Mustang or the Dodge Challenger etc.

 

I do agree though that they should have come up with something a little more special for the 50th but of any modern Z, that’s the one I find the most attractive.

 

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by comparison to an S30, sorry just don't see it. Going to just have to keep living in the past. My color TV is from 1968 (Zenith), my stereo is 1964 (the Fisher), table radio (playing right now) 1957 General Electric. I am sure this new Z will have fans, good for them, I long for a simple, light, fun to drive GT type car. What would be nice is a Kit car I suppose.

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23 minutes ago, Dave WM said:

by comparison to an S30, sorry just don't see it. Going to just have to keep living in the past. My color TV is from 1968 (Zenith), my stereo is 1964 (the Fisher), table radio (playing right now) 1957 General Electric. I am sure this new Z will have fans, good for them, I long for a simple, light, fun to drive GT type car. What would be nice is a Kit car I suppose.

I just wish they would have moved further away from the 370z style. It is clear the effort was very limited.  I guess Toyota rebranding a BMW is just as lame.

 

The industry should also move away from the unbalanced trend started by the  Dodge Magnum with a fat bloated body and small windows/low roof:

https://cloud.leparking.fr/2020/08/17/12/18/dodge-magnum-2005-dodge-magnum-r-t-cars-trucks-winnipeg-kijiji-white_7725187182.jpg

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