Did Nissan play it too safe?
The new Nissan Z car was finally revealed a few months ago with a twin-turbocharged V6 pumping out 400 horsepower. With a manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive, it remains a fine choice for the purist just as the outgoing 370Z was. But while few people will complain about the new Z's oily bits, not everyone has been as impressed by the styling. We think it's handsome and retains enough of a connection to prior Z cars, but it doesn't blow your socks off the first time you see it. That's probably why a designer from China named Franklin on Behance decided to conjure up a more extreme Z car.
Franklin calls his concept the Fairlady Zero Z and while it also has a large square grille like the new Z, it is inspired more by the older 370Z as well as the Nissan Vision Gran Turismo Concept. There are some obvious concept car details like ultra-slim headlights and wheel arches that closely hug the tires, but the overall look is aggressive and has loads of presence. At the back, there's a retractable split rear wing and wafer-thin taillights that jut out from the body. Franklin wanted to pen a design that created a sense of movement even when the car is stationary, and he has achieved this with the racy Zero Z concept.
If it all makes the new Nissan Z look a bit tame, perhaps there's some hope of a more extreme version in the not-too-distant future. Back in July, it was reported that Nissan could show off a Z Nismo model at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon that is scheduled for January. The 370Z Nismo featured some appealing styling upgrades, and the new Z coupe's clean lines make it the perfect foundation for add-ons like bigger wheels, a rear spoiler, and perhaps some of the colorful striping that was added to the 370Z Nismo. It's unlikely to be anything quite as extreme as Franklin's Fairlady Zero Z concept, but if you want something bolder, the aftermarket should be cooking up some great products for the new Z.