Praise the car gods!
Nissan Z cars are synonymous with sporty driving dynamics and good looks, so when the news first broke that Nissan was planning to release a new version, thousands of gearheads around the world rejoiced. Nissan recently revealed some more details about the new car which replaces the 370Z, and hints were dropped that the new car could potentially come with a manual transmission. Those rumors have now been confirmed in a video posted by Nissan that also shows off the sound of the new V6 engine. The Z Proto is to be unveiled on September 15, but will still be a prototype, with the production version expected to arrive next year only.
In its latest teaser video, Nissan shows off the new Z car with what is clearly a manual transmission. In the first few seconds of the video, a man is seen slotting the gear lever into first with what seems to be a beautifully mechanical action. The video also shows a traditional handbrake instead of the electronic items you see on most modern cars these days. A few other things to take note of is the redesigned Z logo which features proudly on the door sill, as well as the rear taillights, which borrows its styling from the classic 300zx (Z32). The wheels on show are of a five double-spoke design and you can see some Nissan Z branded brake calipers lurking beneath.
The video gives us our first glimpse at an exotic engine note, which sounds absolutely glorious. It is expected that the Z Proto and ensuing production model will make use of a V6 engine, and more specifically the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that is currently being used in the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400. As the Nissan 400Z name suggests, this engine produces 400 horsepower and a chunky 350 lb-ft of torque. The mere fact that this upcoming car will make use of a manual transmission and hopefully a turbocharged V6 will make Nissan fans truly happy and might steal customers away from more traditional competitors such as Porsche and BMW.