Well, it was unexpected! We have known for some time that Nissan was preparing a production version of its Z Proto concept car. We also know that the production version doesn’t differ much from the concept. Kudos to Nissan for keeping the Z development shrouded in mystery, but now there’s a crack in that shroud. In fact, the shroud is basically faded away That much.
Hot off the press comes an Instagram post from Nissan Arabia, and the boy is this a keeper. We have no location information, and for obvious reasons we have no official confirmation that this is the new production Nissan Z. However, there is no reason to believing it’s not the new sports car in the flesh, captured in video and photos, inside and out. In short, here’s the new Z before you’re supposed to see it, and be sure to click through all of the images in this IG article. There are quite a few.
Honestly, we have no idea how long this Instagram post will stay active, so dive in while the weather is hot. The video details the exterior of the so-called 400Z, while the photos give us a better taste of the nose, tail and especially the interior. On the outside, we can see that it looks a lot like the concept. Notable differences are red reflectors visible on the side panels and a small lip spoiler at the base of the hatch. Up front we find it hard to see anything changed from the Z Proto.
The same is true inside, where we see the same digital layout as the Z Proto. The production model appears to have a bit more plastic, and the triple gauges on the top of the dashboard are in a slightly different casing. Additionally, this car has an automatic transmission although we would expect a manual to be available. Speaking of the powertrain, the Z is expected to pack the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 found in the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport. It develops 400 horsepower (289 kilowatts) in this app, but a recent appearance of Z Proto in Cars 3 project suggests that the power could be closer to 450 hp (336 kW).
As previously mentioned, this is a major leak and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Instagram post disappear as the word gets out. However, seeing such a polished vehicle dressed in plastic and apparently awaiting shipment suggests that a proper reveal might be almost upon us. We haven’t heard anything official, or even percolation in the rumor mill for that matter. Based on our previous experience with pre-production Nissan vehicles and what we see here, a full reveal of the new Z, whether it’s called 400Z or otherwise, could be in a few weeks.