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Nissan's Z Platform Evolved to Underpin the Z Proto and 400Z

Nissan’s Z Platform Evolved to Underpin the Z Proto and 400Z

Down at its very core, the backbone of Nissan’s upcoming entry-level sports car is drenched in the DNA of the 370Z and 350Z

For many years we thought Nissan may never revive the Z as the aging 370Z was left lingering in production for what seemed like an eternity with the Japanese automaker showing no interest in developing its replacement.

Happily, though, Nissan did finally call time on the 370Z’s long production run and previewed the next Z with the retro-looking Z Proto. While many things are new on the model, that will probably be named 400Z when it reaches production, its underpinnings are linked to Nissan’s long-standing FM platform that hides underneath both the 370Z and the 350Z, as well as many other Nissan and Infiniti products.

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Nissan Is Still On the Fence About What the 2023 Nissan GT-R R36 Will Be

Nissan Is Still On the Fence About What the 2023 Nissan GT-R R36 Will Be

Nissan GT-R: To Electrify or Not to Electrify

The current Nissan GT-R, while old as hell at this point, is still one dominating car, the likes of which very few cars from mainstream automakers can touch. With the reveal of the Z Proto and the 400Z’s impending launch in 2022 or 2023, Nissan also has to plan out the next GT-R, which is allegedly scheduled to launch in 2023. How does an automaker push a car that’s already over the top – one that can lay waste to an icon like the Porsche 911 – even higher? Well, as it turns out, Nissan’s looking at any and all technology to ensure that the R36 GT-R will be one of the complete and capable performance cars on the planet.

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Is This Fan Rendering An Accurate Prediction of the upcoming Nissan 400Z Nismo?

Is This Fan Rendering An Accurate Prediction of the upcoming Nissan 400Z Nismo?

Nissan will eventually build a 400Z Nismo and this is what it could look like

After years of rumors and speculation, Nissan finally unveiled the successor to the 370Z. Although the Z Proto is a concept car and not a production model, it’s an accurate preview of the next Z car, rumored to be called the 400Z. Now that the Z Proto is out in the open, performance car enthusiasts the world over are wondering whether Nissan will offer a Nismo version. And renderings of the 400Z Nismo are already flooding the internet.

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The Nissan Z Proto could lend its design to a 400Z convertible and this Is What it Could Look Like

The Nissan Z Proto could lend its design to a 400Z convertible and this Is What it Could Look Like

The Nissan Z Proto looks hot without a roof

Nissan just unveiled the Z Proto, a concept car that previews the next-generation Z, likely to be called the 400Z. With the Z Proto out in the open, there is all sorts of speculation as to what it could spawn. The rumor mill includes a convertible and a Nismo version, as well as the fact that it could borrow its engine from the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport. A convertible version would be particularly interesting given that Nissan no longer offers such a version of the 370Z, but the Japanese company hasn’t made that decision yet.

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The Nissan 400Z NISMO Could Be a Hybrid

The Nissan 400Z NISMO Could Be a Hybrid

A hybrid drivetrain could help the Z to poke the base model GT-R in its backside

Strange as it may seem, two of the anachronic figures in the world of sports cars, albeit at different ends of the pricing spectrum, Nissan’s 370Z and Maserati’s GranTurismo have finally been replaced one way or another after over a decade on the market. While Maserati chose to pick a fight with Ferrari & Co. with its next two-door model, Nissan more or less sticks with the classic formula with the retro-looking 400Z. More or less because, apparently, the upcoming 400Z NISMO could be a hybrid.

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The Nissan 400Z Won't Be Heading to Europe

The Nissan 400Z Won’t Be Heading to Europe

A global car the new Z Car is not

The Nissan Z Proto was unveiled this week in Japan and fans from all over the world could chime in and ask questions as the Japanese automaker unveiled the next chapter in the legendary Z car story. However, it was the annual ZCon gathering in the U.S., the largest Nissan Z gathering in the world that was featured extensively during the launch, and that’s not surprising given the Z’s main market is America. What’s surprising, though, is that the two-door sports car won’t be available for sale in Europe.

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Nissan Ushers in the Future By Looking to its Past With the Z Proto

Nissan Ushers in the Future By Looking to its Past With the Z Proto

The Z Proto gives us a strong idea of what the next-gen Z Car will look like

It’s been 11 years since Nissan’s famed Z family welcomed an all-new model into the fold. The wait has been long and oftentimes frustrating, but, finally, the next-generation Z car, or at least a prototype version of the production model, has arrived. It’s called the Nissan Z Proto, and it’s about as close as we can get to the production model that’s scheduled to arrive in 2022. Nissan hasn’t been shy about touting a retro-inspired look for the next-generation Z model, and the Japanese automaker lived up to its word on that one. The Z Proto is dressed in styling cues that Nissan borrowed from its predecessors and combined all of that with modern design elements to give the all-new Z car a distinct look that lives up to its nameplate. The Z Proto also comes with a modern interior and a healthy twin-turbo V-6 engine that packs plenty of punch. This is the Nissan Z Proto, folks. After a long wait, it’s finally here.

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Everything We Know About The Nissan 400Z?

Everything We Know About The Nissan 400Z?

It Could Be As Powerful As The 2008 Nissan GT-R R35

We will get a new Nissan Z-car. The new Nissan Z car is due for a reveal in the coming years, and some suggest we may even see it at the next Tokyo Motor Show or at NAIAS in 2019. Mind you, this information is yet to be confirmed, but we already know that Nissan is working on a replacement for the 370Z. I am telling you again - the new Nissan Z car will come. For me, this is a huge deal as I really liked the 370Z in its purest, least expensive form. Ignore my emotions from now on as I try to elaborate on what the new Nissan Z car should be. Believe me, so many rumors circulate on the Internet that it is almost impossible to separate right from wrong and truth from deception. In that regard, I am going to give you a rundown of the most logical solutions Nissan may employ for the creation of the new Z car.

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Watch The Nissan Z Proto Stream Here And Look Back At Everything We've Learned So Far!

Watch The Nissan Z Proto Stream Here And Look Back At Everything We’ve Learned So Far!

We’ve laid out all Nissan 400Z coverage to help you get in the loop before watch the live unveiling!

It’s been 11 long years since the Nissan 370Z replaced the 350Z, and it’s been at least 5 years since we all started calling on Nissan to move to something new. The 370Z’s days are numbered, and the Z Proto that debuts later today is definitely our first real look at what we can expect from the next Z Car, but it also represents at least two more years of waiting before something new enters production. We’re expecting to see a lot of retro design cues pooled together with modern design to create a truly unique sports car, and there’s even a good chance that most of what we see will shift into production a year or two down the road. With so many rumors circulating, though, it’s hard to say exactly what we can expect, so below the live stream we’ve embedded below, we organized every piece of news we’ve covered about he next-gen Z car so far – it’s time we take a trip down memory lane!

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The Current Nissan GT-R's Final Breath Will Be Though the GT-R50's 710-Horsepower Engine

The Current Nissan GT-R’s Final Breath Will Be Though the GT-R50’s 710-Horsepower Engine

This is how you say goodbye in style

After 13 years in the market — yes, it’s been that long — Nissan is finally prepared to bid adieu to the R35-generation of the Nissan GT-R. The iconic supercar’s swan song isn’t expected to happen until 2023 at the earliest, but this early, the automaker is already preparing what Japanese magazine Best Car Web describes as a Final Edition model that will pack no less than 750 horsepower. This apocalyptic version of Godzilla will be limited to just around 20 units, ensuring not only its exclusivity but also the distinction of being the most powerful production-spec GT-R to be built. Expect to pay the motherlode when this mighty supercar arrives with a sticker price of 40 million yen in Japan. That converts to around $377,000 based on current exchange rates, though it’s hard to say what the conversion rate is going to be like once it arrives in 2022.

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Nissan's Latest Teaser for the 400Z Hints at a Manual Transmission!

Nissan’s Latest Teaser for the 400Z Hints at a Manual Transmission!

The 400Z debuts on September 16 in prototype form

After many months of rumors and teasers, Nissan finally confirmed that it will unveil the next-generation Z car in 2020. The big unveiling will take place on September 16, but Nissan says it will reveal a "Z Proto" car, which probably means a prototype or concept version of the upcoming replacement for the 370Z.

With a little bit more than a week left until then, Nissan rolled out a new teaser video that showcases a few important details about the sports car. Nissan’s upcoming Z car is dubbed the 400Z by the automotive media, but this nameplate has yet to be confirmed.

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2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo - Driven

2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo - Driven

Godzilla is a fitting name, but you’ll never understand why until you get behind the wheel

The R35 Nissan GT-R has been on the market since 2009, so it’s getting pretty long in the tooth. Be that as it may, car enthusiasts everywhere paint it as one of the world’s best cars. It is, quite literally, one of the fastest point-to-point cars on the planet, something it can lay claim to thanks to its precisely tuned chassis, sophisticated AWD system, a monstrous twin-turbo V-6, and race-proven roots that cannot be denied. But, being more than a decade old, makes paying six figures a tough pill to swallow, so it begs the question, is the Nissan GT-R actually worth buying? Is it still one of the best-driving cars in the world, and does its performance hold a candle to the new sports cars on the market?

We set out to find answers to those questions and more, and Nissan was kind enough to lend us a 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo for an entire week to do with as we please. Needless to say, it’s been a very fun week and, despite the GT-R’s age, Nissan has done a fairly decent job of keeping things somewhat fresh and interesting. This is our story with the Nissan GT-R Nismo.

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Nissan Is About to Reveal The 400Z Prototype

Nissan Is About to Reveal The 400Z Prototype

The Nissan 400Z Prototype Will Be Revealed on September 15th

Following the rumor that the Nissan 400Z wasn’t scheduled to hit the market until 2023, and the appropriate questions as to why Nissan has revealed that it will showcase a “Z Proto” on September 15, 2020. Obviously, Nissan is still withholding the name, and this is only a prototype, but it’ll be the best look we’ve gotten on the next-gen Z car since Nissan confirmed it was coming with an intriguing video back in May.

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