Production Nissan Z Coupe Revealed By Patent Office And It’s Nearly Identical To Z Proto Concept


Nissan unveiled the Z Proto last fall and now the trademark office in Australia has revealed the production model in a series of patent photos.

Looking virtually identical to the concept, the road-going model has a slightly revised grille with a sensor unit tucked between two horizontal accents.

Additional changes are limited, but the production model has a rear lock and reflectors behind the rear wheels. The liftgate also looks different, but this appears to be an optical illusion as the Z Proto had a black roof which visually expanded the glass area.

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The changes are pretty minor and mean the production model will remain almost identical to the Z Proto. That’s a good thing as the concept was well-received.

Given the similarities between the exteriors, it’s likely the interior will mirror the concept as well. This means we can expect a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a modern infotainment system and gauge pods on the dashboard.

Nissan has been tight-lipped about performance specifications, but the Z Proto featured a twin-turbo V6 that was connected to six-speed manual transmission. It’s expected to carryover from the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400, where the engine develops 400 hp (298 kW / 406 PS) and 350 lb-ft (474 Nm) of torque.

That remains unconfirmed, but Nissan has already hinted the next Z will have more power than its predecessor. As a reminder, the current 370Z has a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 332 hp (248 kW / 337 PS) and 270 lb-ft (366 Nm) of torque. The 370Z Nismo kicks that up to 350 hp (261 kW / 355 PS) and 276 lb-ft (374 Nm).

H/T to Car Advice

Updated: January 14, 2021 — 5:44 pm

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