In September of last year, Nissan made a big splash with the Z Proto. As the name suggests, this was a near-production prototype giving a preview of the next-gen Z sports car. It had a twin-turbo engine, manual gearbox, and bold design language. Apparently, the transition to a production model won’t change much.
Patent images disclosed, discovered by CarExpert via IP Australia show what the new Z sports car should look like and from this early look we can say that the exterior design of the car will remain largely unchanged from the Z Proto. Only a few small details are not visible, including the design of the wheels and the shape of the exterior mirrors, but everything else looks quite promising.
Looking at the front, the fascia is identical to the prototype design. Even the pattern of the grille and the lower part of the bumper are exactly the same. The patent drawing does not provide an overview of the internal headlight graphics, but we are confident that the position and shape of the LED daytime running light will not be changed.
It’s the same story at the rear where the taillights, bumper and bumper diffuser are all 100% identical to the Z Proto. The only thing that can be changed for the production car seems to be the little lip that surrounds the exhaust pipes, but it’s really hard to tell by these patent images.
As a reminder, the Z Proto was powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine but the displacement and actual power were not disclosed. It was believed to be the same engine as the Infiniti Red Sport models, which means the new Z sports car – tentatively called 400Z – could produce over 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts). We won’t know until at least later this year, when the new Z sports car is expected to debut as a 2022 model.