The New Nissan Z Concept Is Two Weeks Away So Here's What I'd Love To See

Illustration for article titled The New Nissan Z Concept Is Two Weeks Away So Heres What Id Love To See
Screenshot: Nissan, Illustration: Andrew P Collins

Nissan has released a fun little Z hype video along with an ultra-shadowed teaser silhouette of what it’s calling the “Z Proto.” That means the company’s hedging the car’s release a little, which is fine. It gives us another excuse to talk Zs.

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This clip isn’t particularly substantial but if you like Zs you’ll dig it:

I bumped up the lighting as much as I could of the new-car teaser shot, so it’s as crispy as a Polaroid of Bigfoot but at least we can extract a little more detail from the basic shape. Check it:

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Screenshot: Nissan, Illustration: Andrew P Collins
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The accompanying press release was similarly brief:

We’re reawakening the Power of Z with the new Nissan Z Proto, combining 50 years of passion and heritage with modern technology. Please join us at TheNissanNext.com for the Z Proto Digital Unveil on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. CDT.

Nissan HQ is in Nashville, Tennessee, so that’s 8:30 in the evening on the east coast and 5:30 p.m. in California for those of you who don’t feel like Googling “CDT.”

Anyway, the world’s had plenty of time with the current 370Z (it came out about a decade ago) so I’d say we’re good and ready for the car’s next rendition. Based on what little info we do have, it looks like... a Z. Which is good. So far I’m satisfied with the general shape.

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I’m sure most customers will be looking for more advanced connectivity and convenience features than the current car offers, but frankly, all I want to hear is that it will still be available with a manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, and a limited-slip differential.

Retaining the current Z cockpit’s tachometer-centric layout would be nice, too. And of course, I’d like to see the weight down and power up. But I’m sure some compromises will have to be made somewhere.

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Better safety and fuel economy would be nice, clean styling, maybe T-tops? Anybody? No? Just me? OK.

You can get 350 horsepower out of a stock Nismo-trim Z right now, so how about this: A turbo inline-six rated to 400 HP. Eh? Now that would be beastly. I’ll take a V6, too. The Z, of course, has a long history of sharing its basic engine architecture with SUVs and minivans so I won’t get my hopes up too high. And assembly line simplicity does help owners down the road with lower maintenance costs and complexities. We don’t need another GT-R, here.

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I do not care if there’s a convertible version, but for real, a Targa or T-roof setup would be pretty sweet.

Reviews Editor, Jalopnik | 1975 International Scout, 1984 Nissan 300ZX, 1991 Suzuki GSXR, 1998 Mitsubishi Montero, 2005 Acura TL

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DISCUSSION

Ford got away with it with the Mach E, so I’m really not that surprised Nissan is also expanding their “Z” into a separate segment.

I’m sad to lose another FR sports car, but it’s 2020 and we’re lucky to get anything, I suppose.

I just hope you don’t have to get the NISMO in order to get something other than the CVT.