The 240Z inspiration is obvious.
Image manipulation software is a powerful thing. With a few clicks and some ingenuity, anyone decently practiced at using it can, say, reimagine the new Chevrolet Trailblazer as a rugged, adventure-ready modern SUV, or swap the Lamborghini Huracan's face onto the body of the all-new Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
Or, one can take an obscure, shadowy photograph of a future car and, using nothing but basic tools, try to pull more detail out of the image, revealing more of the car's design than the image had ever intended to show off. With that, say hello to Nissan's next-generation Z sports car, the Nissan 400Z.
The first image here started off as a still frame from Nissan's latest Z car teaser video; by playing around with the image's color curves, we've managed to expose a bit more of the car's sculpture, particularly around the rear quarter. You can see the 400Z's round, bulging rear fender flare, how the side glass trails to a pronounced point like on the current 370Z, and a round Z badge behind the glass, about where it's positioned on the original 240Z. The side profile is overall decidedly 240Z-like, with its long, downward-sloping roofline and elegant hood.
The second image was taken from the Z's first teaser trailer, and although it didn't come out as good, it shows what appears to be a rather 370Z-like front grille opening.
Taken together, these two images point to a Nissan 400Z that is stylistically an evolution of the current 370Z, but with a bit more of the original 240Z's DNA baked in, evident in the 240Z-inspired headlamps, bodyside Z badges, and side profile. We learned previously that a part of Nissan's 300ZX managed to make its way into the design, as well, in the form of some very 300ZX-like taillights.
We'll know how far off the mark we are when the new Nissan Z car breaks cover later this month, on September 16. Stay tuned.