The Nissan 370Z is ancient. Nissan's current Z car launched way back in 2009 and hasn't received any significant updates since, so a successor is long overdue. Recent rumors have suggested a new Z car is coming soon to reward our patience, but Nissan hasn't officially acknowledged its existence - until now.
In a video previewing the Japanese automaker's future product lineup, the new Nissan Z car is briefly shown in a shadowy teaser showing its silhouette. Nissan hasn't confirmed what the new Z car will be called, but reports claim it will be called the 400Z. The styling appears to be an evolution of the current 370Z, sporting a long hood, sloping roofline, and a short rear deck, giving it classic Z car proportions.
However, the 400Z has a much longer hood than the 370Z and the headlights have been completely redesigned, They appear to be inspired by the 240Z's round headlights, supporting rumors the Nissan 400Z will feature retro styling cues. Likewise, the rest of the front fascia is expected to be heavily inspired by the 240Z, while the taillight design will reportedly be inspired by the 300ZX from the 1990s in another tribute to Nissan's heritage.
No technical details have been revealed yet, but the Nissan 400Z will reportedly be powered by the same 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 as the Infiniti Q60 tuned to produce 400 horsepower. For comparison, the current 370Z has a naturally-aspirated 3.7-liter V6 generating 332 hp, so the 400Z will get a significant power bump.
Power will be sent exclusively to the rear wheels and we're expecting Nissan to offer a six-speed manual and an automatic gearbox option, but this hasn't been confirmed yet.
Nissan has confirmed the Z car will be one of 12 new models within the next 18 months, including the new Rogue, Frontier, Pathfinder, Infiniti QX60, and a production version of the Ariya. This means we can expect the new Nissan Z car to be revealed by the end of 2021, although reports have suggested it will break cover within the next year. We're just happy the new Nissan Z car has finally been confirmed to be in development after Nissan downplayed recent rumors. Noticeably absent in the video is the Nissan GT-R, however, so it's going to be a very long wait for the current model to be replaced.