We may also now know when the new Nissan Z car will enter production.
Last week, Nissan finally broke the silence about the long-awaited successor to the Nissan 370Z. Since the Nissan 370Z has been on sale for over ten years now, a replacement can't come soon enough. During a teaser video previewing its upcoming model range, Nissan gave us a first look at the new Z car, previewing its sporty silhouette. We don't have a debut date yet, but to help ease the wait an artist from the New Nissan Z forum has used the shadowy teaser to fill in the details to give us a better idea of what the production car could look like, creating the most accurate Nissan 400Z render yet.
As we saw in the teaser, the Nissan 400Z will blend modern styling with retro-inspired cues that pay homage to previous Z cars such as the iconic 240Z.
The round headlights are clearly inspired by the 240Z but have been modernized with LEDs. We also get a better look at the front fascia, which features a rectangular grille mimicking the 240Z's grille design. As for the proportions, the rendered Nissan 400Z boasts a longer hood than the 370Z along with a sloping roofline, a short rear deck, and a sharp character line on the profile. The artist hasn't rendered the rear, but the taillight design will reportedly be inspired by the 300ZX. The resulting render looks stunning and makes us excited to see the production car break cover.
Not only will the new Nissan 400Z look better than its predecessor, but it will be substantially more powerful. Technical details haven't been officially confirmed, but the 370Z's 332-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 will reportedly be replaced by an Infiniti-sourced 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 pumping out 400 hp.
When will the Nissan 400Z be unveiled? We don't know yet, but Nissan has confirmed it will be one of 12 new models the Japanese automaker will launch within the next 18 months. However, a user on the Nissan 400Z forum who allegedly works for a supplier claims the Nissan 400Z will enter production in September 2021. The user doesn't provide any proof to back up their claim so it's probably best to take it with a pinch of salt for now, but it does support reports claiming the new Nissan 400Z will be unveiled within the next year.