• Nissan Z Proto sportscar concept showcased with retro styling.
  • Design references past Z cars like 240Z, 300ZX and 350Z Nismo.
  • Will get a 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6 mated to a manual gearbox.

The Nissan Z Proto has just been revealed, and previews the long-awaited replacement for the Nissan 370Z sportscar. The Z Proto is a concept that showcases the design direction that the next-generation Nissan Z car will take and, as expected, it is a retro styled sportscar true to the Z design philosophy of a long bonnet, stubby boot and a swooping coupé roofline.

The design takes cues from various Z cars of the past. The long bonnet that we mentioned earlier, for example, is right out of the 240Z’s playbook and so are the rounded off headlamps. The coupé profile and the way the C pillar is designed also remind us of the 240Z, while the front bumper seems like a homage to the…

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