YouTuber ’TheSketchMonkey’ takes it upon himself to tweak the seventh-gen Nissan Z’s face to look less boxyby Dim Angelov, on LISTEN 02:26
The Nissan Z is finally here and we are happy to see that Nissan kept their word. The concept was said to be 95 percent, the production car and it turned out to be true. As always, TheSketchMonkey gives us a YouTube video, in which he “fixes” the Nissan Z’s looks. What makes this video different from most other videos, we’ve seen is that Nissan might actually make these changes itself when it comes time to refresh the new Z.
The retro-futuristic design of the Nissan Z is an aesthetic milestone. TheSketchMonkey even commends it saying that instead of adding crests and lines, Nissan designers have openly drawn inspiration from the iconic 240Z. The video is actually from September 2020, so any information about the car’s specs was highly speculative at this point. Of course, now we know exactly what to expect from the Z.
TheSketchMonkey addresses the front fascia of the car, which is “a square”. There is some criticism towards it, but for the sake of staying true to the 1969 original, TheSketchMonkey doesn’t touch it. While we now know that the grille is separated into two sections, most of his criticism is pointed towards the bumper, which “looks kind of unfinished”.
This is where we see a pattern, as earlier 370Zs didn’t have any design elements on the side of the front bumper. After the 2013 facelift, the Z got vertically positioned LED lights, which completed the front end.
We see a similar situation with the new Z. The front bumper accommodates the big center grille and nothing else. TheSketchMonkey fixes the situation by adding two side air inlets near the edges of the front fascia. He also changes the grille by making it smaller. Now, instead of swooping towards the bottom of the car, the grille is met by another vent that starts front the front splitter. The grille also becomes less square-looking in order to better fit the overall design.
Overall, this Photoshop exercise is actually quite believable. It’s not a dream car that we’ll probably never see. Rather, it is a car we may actually see, as the new Z will have to undergo a facelift sooner or later. Judging by what we’ve seen on previous Z-cars, Nissan will surely do something similar with the current Z’s aesthetics, at some point.
|Engine||3.0-liter, Twin-Turbo V-6|
|Horsepower||400 horses @ 6,400 rpm|
|Torque||350 pound-feet @ 1,600 - 5,600 rpm|
|Tranmission||Six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic|