There are under two weeks to go.
Yesterday, the disappointing news dropped that the 2021 New York Auto Show would no longer be taking place due to another rise in Covid-19 cases as a result of the infectious Delta variant. It was frustrating after other auto shows were held successfully this year, although the cautious approach of the organizers has been understandable. One of the big appearances at this year's New York show was supposed to be the new Nissan Z and the show's cancelation immediately caused us to doubt whether Nissan would follow through with its planned official reveal on August 17. Thankfully, it seems we have nothing to worry about.
In a post shared by Nissan's Dan Passe on the Nissan Z Club forum, he confirmed that the "17th remains a go" and said that Nissan fans should "tune in virtually" on the brand's website. While a traditional, in-person reveal is what this special car deserves, a virtual reveal is at least better than nothing. Although the Z Proto has removed much of the mystery surrounding the new Nissan Z's appearance, there's no replacement for seeing the final product that will ultimately roll off the production line. Spy shots from May indicate that the production model will have a less controversial two-piece grille design. The Z Proto's massive grille has been a big talking point since it was shown.
Under the hood, the Nissan Z is very likely to use a twin-turbo V6 developing around 400 horsepower. The interior should be a much nicer place to sit than in the outgoing 370Z, although most enthusiasts will only really care about the presence of a manual shifter to their right. Nissan has had some time to study the Toyota GR Supra so it'll be intriguing to see whether Nissan has matched or surpassed its rival in the aspects that count. All will be revealed in less than two weeks from now.