Chief Product Specialist Hiroshi Tamura says there’s more to the car than speed. “Z is a balance between power and agility. It is a vehicle that creates a connection with the driver not only on a physical level but also emotionally, ”he said.
Key to this includes the use of a six-speed manual gearbox in the prototype, thwarting the industry’s broader trend towards automation. Even so, an auto option is likely for the United States.
No date has been given for the Z-Series car’s launch. However, given the prototype’s seemingly finished interior design, a debut in 2021 is likely.
Where does inspiration come from?
The Z Proto’s connection to the 50-year history of the Z car is obvious. “We explored two directions,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s global design manager. “One with a strong tribute tone and one with a futuristic feeling throughout. Our designers have done countless studies and sketches, researching each generation to better understand what made it so successful… Ultimately, we agreed that this new Z Proto should travel between decades, including the future. .
Various references to the 240Z and 240ZG can be seen, but there are also nods to the 300ZX from the 1990s. Why?
“The 300ZX was a technological breakthrough for Z and Nissan,” said Albaisa. “The homogeneous surfaces and absence of bodywork gave it a smooth, river stone-like quality,” the new car said.
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