The much anticipated Nissan Z Proto has finally been revealed and it delivers (at least on paper) everything enthusiasts hold dear to their driving experience.

One look around the exterior of the Z Proto shows styling inspiration from several generations of Z cars, with a heavy emphasis on inspiration from the 240Z. The headlamps take inspiration from the 240Z’s round headlamps, while the rear is inspired by the Z32 300ZX from the ’90s. The rear haunches and front grille area pull from the 350Z and 370Z. The end result is a retro design that brings the classic Z into the future.

On the inside, the interior looks near production-ready and is heavily focused on the driving experience. The center stack is slightly aimed toward the driver with the center console being all business, highlighting the manual transmission shifter. Three gauges sit atop the dash, with a very clean infotainment screen and HVAC controls with three knobs below it. The gauge cluster has gone digital and provides a swath of performance data to the driver. Overall, it’s a very simple but effective design. This is clearly being built as a heavily focused sports car rather than a luxury GT car.

Mechanically, Nissan provided few details other than power coming from a twin-turbo V6 mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Power numbers have not been announced, but expect the production Z to generate at least 400-horsepower to be competitive with the likes of the Supra and other sports cars in the segment.

The Nissan Z Proto is still a concept so much of the design and mechanical bits are subject to change for production, but Nissan has shown their clear intention of providing enthusiasts with a proper driving experience that is true to the Z-cars of the past. We can’t wait to see the final product!

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