A Nissan 400Z convertible is unlikely to enter production.
It's only been a few days since the Nissan Z Proto was unveiled to preview the new Nissan Z car that will replace the age-old 370Z when it eventually enters production. Unsurprisingly, it hasn't taken long for render artists to redesign the Z Proto to show what it looks like in alternative body styles.
One artist has already given the Z Proto the Nismo treatment, envisioning a high-performance Nismo 400Z that would take on the Toyota Supra GRMN. Now, X-Tomi Design has digitally removed the roof to create a convertible Nissan Z Proto.
Removing the sloping roof has made the Z Proto look less curvaceous, while the folding roof is stored in the deck. It's still an attractive-looking convertible, but some of the Z Proto's stunning design lines have been spoiled during the transformation.
To improve the car's safety in the event of a rollover, additional rollbars have been added behind the rear seats. Like its hardtop sibling, the Z Proto convertible features styling cues that pay homage to classic Z Car models, such as round headlights inspired by the original 240Z and taillights mimicking the taillight design on the 350Z from the 1990s.
Powering the Nissan Z Proto is the same twin-turbocharged V6 engine found under the hood of the Infiniti Q50 and Q60 paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, but no technical specifications were revealed. When it goes on sale in 2023, the Nissan 400Z is expected to produce around 400 horsepower. Inevitably, the performance would be slightly slower in the convertible variant due to the extra weight added from strengthening the chassis.
Nissan hasn't confirmed if a convertible version of the 400Z will enter production, but it seems unlikely. Convertible sales have been declining over the years, forcing Nissan to discontinue the 370Z Roadster for the 2020 model year. Do you think the Nissan Z Proto looks better without a roof?