Nissan made a good choice for the first North American photographer shooting this car.
Nissan has started making it possible for you to buy a car from the comfort of your own home, as so many other automakers have done, and although that's a pretty cool feature to offer buyers, we generally prefer to see a car in the metal before we make a decision. However, when Larry Chen takes photographs of a car, you kinda lose the need to see a car in person. The quality of his images is just out of this world, so when he points his lens at something, you take notice. His latest subject is the new Nissan Z Proto, the forebear of the upcoming 400Z, and the results are stunning.
Chen was invited to be the first photographer in the world to capture the Z Proto on American soil, and we can't help but think that there is nobody better suited for the job. The video above is a little long at just over half an hour, but trust us when we say it's worth the watch, seeing Chen transform landscapes with dull lighting and seemingly bland backgrounds into artful masterpieces that make the Z Proto really pop. Still think the 400Z isn't going to be pretty? If so, we highly recommend a trip to your nearest optometrist as soon as possible.
If the car's styling doesn't win you over, perhaps the way it drives will. Nissan Z cars have always been lovely to drive, and with the entire motoring industry expecting the 400Z to debut with a twin-turbo V6, it should be a lot of fun in a straight line too. Although nothing has been confirmed, we expect it to arrive with the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400's 3.0-liter power plant that develops 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with a manual gearbox, we're pretty sure that the 400Z will be a hit. These photos taken in downtown Los Angeles only reinforce that belief.