The new Nissan Z car will make its world debut this evening.
The countdown has begun. In just a few hours, one of the most anticipated new cars of the year will make its long-awaited world debut: the Nissan 400Z. Previewed by last year's Nissan Z Proto concept, Nissan's new Z car will be shown to the world tonight at 8pm EST.
Ahead of its debut, Nissan has released three new teaser videos on Instagram showing the 400Z burning some rubber. Each video starts with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it photo showing a section of the profile obscured by a cloud of tire smoke. Piecing the images together provides our clearest look yet at the production car's sporty profile.
With its long hood and sloping roofline, the profile harks back to the iconic Datsun 240Z. The teaser photos also suggest the production model won't look drastically different from the concept, but that's no bad thing.
At the front, the 400Z features the same headlights and LED daytime running light signature as the concept, and the 300ZX-inspired split taillights are also retained. Like the concept, the production model is shown riding on multi-spoke wheels with yellow brake calipers. One of the teaser videos also confirms the production 400Z will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox.
A seven-speed automatic transmission should also be available. Under the hood, the 400Z is expected to use the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that powers the Infiniti Q60 producing up to 400 horsepower. The final production name hasn't been confirmed yet, but we'll find out all the juicy details when the new Nissan Z car debuts later today.
Sadly, the Nissan 400Z will only be shown virtually in an online reveal. The debut was supposed to coincide with the New York Auto Show, but the show was canceled a couple of weeks ago due to rising cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant. Nevertheless, we're excited to see the rebirth of the iconic Z car, especially as the 370Z has been showing its age for a long time.