Even though the 2023 Nissan Z made its official U.S. debut in August 2021, it’s only now that the Fairlady Z equivalent is celebrating its home premiere in Japan. The original Z Proto which then previewed the production model is also at the Tokyo Auto Salon where it shares the spotlight with a unique creation based on the prototype.
It is simply known as the Nissan Fairlady Z Customized Proto and comes with a striking orange tint reminiscent of the Z432R. In case you are not familiar with the model, it was a JDM version created only for homologation purposes and its name “432” comes from the four valves per cylinder of the inline six, three carburetor engine. and two camshafts. It is one of the most expensive Nissan products that one can buy these days, should any of them ever go on sale. A few years ago a Fairlady Z432R was sold for over $ 800,000.
Along with its attractive paintwork, the unique creation reinforces the bond with its 1970s ancestor by having an assortment of black accents and a split grille. These are visible on the hood, side profile, roof and also on the rear. Additionally, Nissan installed retro-styled black wheels wrapped in vintage tires adorned with white lettering to mimic the Z432R race car.
A closer look at the sports car’s silhouette shows subtle wing covers on both axles and orange brake calipers to match the bodywork and the contour of the wheel center cap. Much like the 2023 Z in the warmer Performance trim, it gets a tailgate-mounted spoiler, but slightly larger and with more of those black accents. To complete the changes, the custom exhaust with a unique design for double finishes.
In the United States, the new but not all-new Z will go on sale early this year and its launch is estimated at around $ 40,000.