Take one attending at the Nissan Z Proto and you can bound acquaint it was advised to pay accolade to the Z’s that came afore it. Sure, everybody loves a bit of cornball styling, but what about cornball engineering? As it turns out, the new Z ability affection added than a bit of that. With no specific capacity on the Z Proto’s belvedere released, we’re larboard to brainstorm on a adequately acceptable anatomy of affirmation accumulated by Motor Trend highlighting added than a few similarities with the now 12-year-old Nissan 370Z.
The continued and the abbreviate of Motor Trend’s approach is that the Nissan Z Proto looks a helluva lot like a rebodied 370Z. The accommodation of the chassis, the way anatomy panels are arranged, and alike autogenous layouts are all eerily similar. If you ask me, the best anathema allotment of the addle are the Z Proto’s autogenous aperture handles and surrounding air vents that attending about absolutely banausic from the ancient car.
To be fair though, it’s not like we weren’t warned that this ability happen. Way aback back all we knew about the car were the actuality of rumors, one accurate address mentioned that the next-gen Z would sit on a “heavily updated” adaptation of the 370Z’s FM belvedere that additionally forms the base of the Infiniti Q60.
The Z Proto actuality a heavily-reworked 370Z additionally shouldn’t appear as a shock back automakers absolutely do this all the time, abnormally with lower-volume models. Take the afresh apparent 2021 Lexus IS for example. As abundant as I alone adore the attending of that car, auto sales aloof aren’t what they acclimated to be, alike for Lexus, so the “new” IS gets architectonics updates, bigger infotainment tech, and an upgraded suspension. It’s not an absolutely new car. But it still exists, and for that I’m thankful.
Dodge has additionally been accomplishing this for years, always alms added and added able variants of the Challenger and Charger, whose basal belvedere has absolutely been about back afore that aboriginal “once-in-a-generation” banking crisis. There’s alike been some affirmation suggesting Toyota and Subaru’s accessible “second-gen” 86/BRZ twins will not absolutely be “all-new.”
If the new Z ends up actuality a abundant amend of the old car, it shouldn’t be too hasty why. Nissan is in adequately acute straits at the moment, assured a accident of $6 billion by abutting year and accumulation struggles alike afore the pandemic. And like all car companies, it needs to advance actual heavily into electrification to accommodated advancing emissions requirements. Alike flush accessory Infiniti is attractive at acceptable “Nissan-plus” rather than a accurate adversary to Mercedes or Audi.
Basically, auctioning a ton of money into a low volume, alcove sports car apparently wouldn’t get actual far with Nissan’s administration these days. It’s the aforementioned acumen the new Toyota Supra had to be a collective adventure with BMW. While Nissan needs some absolute absorption amidst its money troubles and the accomplished Carlos Ghosn mess, and enthusiasts everywhere are blessed to get a new sports car, it makes added faculty for the aggregation to heavily amend the belvedere it has rather bandy billions into a new design.
All that actuality said, is it absolutely that big of a accord if the “new” Z isn’t as new as bodies think? I’m not so sure. Yes, advantageous new-car money for what is, underneath, an “old” car ability feel like a bad accord but, if you anticipate about it, what’s so amiss about an old car? It’ll accept old-car handling, old-car steering, and an old-car layout. Isn’t that all we enthusiasts appetite from life? You’d anticipate so from all the takes on forums and Twitter–until we’re absolutely presented with one.
In any case, back we asked Nissan whether the Z Proto is absolutely congenital on 370Z architecture, a aggregation agent predictably beneath to animadversion saying, “Unfortunately, we can’t allotment capacity above the advice from the acknowledge at this time.”
Additional actual from Patrick George
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