New teaser video seems to suggest the Nissan 400Z will have a manual transmission.
We all rejoiced when Nissan confirmed a new Z car is in development. Since the current Nissan 370Z has been in production for over ten years, this was the news we've all been waiting for. Unfortunately, the final production car isn't expected to debut until 2022 and go on sale in 2023.
To help ease the wait Nissan will be presenting a "Z Proto" on September 15 in the US and September 16 in Europe, which will presumably be a concept car previewing the new Z car's design. Details about this mystery concept are scarce, but a new teaser released by Nissan may have confirmed the new Z car will have a manual transmission.
Like the first teaser video released last week, this latest teaser showcases the iconic Z cars that have launched over the last 50 years, including the 240Z, and 300ZX before showing the silhouette of the new Z car's retro-inspired design. At the end of the teaser, a brief clip is shown of the driver's hand positioned over a shifter.
While this isn't definitive confirmation and we don't actually see the shifter, the brief shot in the trailer suggests the new Nissan Z car will be offered with a manual transmission, which should get enthusiasts excited. We an also see the interior trim will have yellow stitching, but the cabin is otherwise hidden from view.
The new Z car, which will reportedly be called the 400Z, is expected to ride on an updated version of the platform underpinning the Nissan 370Z and utilize a turbocharged V6 engine producing around 400 horsepower.
As we've seen in teasers, the front design will be heavily inspired by the original 240Z with a long hood and round headlights updated with modern LED technology, while the rear taillights will be inspired by the 350Z. Hopefully, we'll find out all the technical details when Nissan presents the new Z Proto concept next week.