Nissan had to make a tough decision about the new Z car.
This week, the retro-inspired Nissan Z Proto made its triumphant debut, previewing the next-generation Nissan Z sports car that will replace the ancient 370Z. Rumored to be called the 400Z, the new Z car will be one of ten new models Nissan is unveiling within the next 20 months and is expected to launch in the US market for the 2022 model year. But if you live in Europe and are hoping to own the 400Z when it enters production, we have some bad news for you.
During the reveal event streamed online, Nissan confirmed the new Z car will not be sold in Europe, citing a decline in sports car sales and increasingly strict emissions regulations in Europe.
"In terms of European sales, a shrinking European sports cars market and specific regulations on emissions mean that Nissan was unable to build a viable business case for the introduction of the production version of the next-generation Z-car in Europe," Nissan said in a statement.
Instead, Nissan's priorities in Europe "remain on its commitment to renew its crossover line-up and accelerate its range electrification strategy." With a European launch ruled out, the US and Japan will be Nissan's key markets for the new Z car.
Nissan's decision not to sell the 400Z in Europe isn't all that surprising, since the Japanese automaker has already confirmed the new Z sports car won't have a hybrid option. Consequently, this will prevent it from meeting tough emissions targets in major European cities.
Powering the Nissan Z Proto is the same twin-turbocharged V6 engine found under the hood of the Infiniti Q50 and Q60, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. When it enters production, an automatic transmission will also be available. Technical specifications have yet to be announced, but the production Nissan 400Z's twin-turbo V6 will likely produce around 400 horsepower. Expect the production model to be heavily inspired by the Z Proto, which incorporates design cues inspired by the original 240Z and 300ZX.