If there's one Nissan model we're all excited about, it's the next-generation Z. The Japanese automaker revealed the Z Proto last year, giving us an idea of what the production model will look like. While it may be a prototype, the Z looked complete and ready to hit the streets. However, Nissan could still make minor changes here and there.
Thankfully, we won't have to wait too long to find out. On August 17, Nissan will finally reveal the production model Z.
What will change? Well, images of what appears to be the production model Z have already leaked online, giving us an early preview. The photos don't provide too much detail, but they did show that the production model won't look too different from the Z Proto.
The cars we saw had a front lip, a chrome trim integrated into the grille, and even a ducktail spoiler. Though it could be from the angle, the headlights appear larger too. The cars photographed wore a different set of wheels, and they do not have the GT-R-sized brakes. The retro C-pillar badge seems to have made it into production as well.
Under the hood, the next-generation Z will be powered by a twin-turbo V6. Nissan has yet to reveal specific details such as output and displacement, but it could be around the 400 horsepower range. While the prototype was shown to have a manual transmission, the leaked production model confirms an automatic gearbox will be available as well.
Apart from the leaked photos and the official pictures of the Z Proto, there's not much else to go on with the next-generation Z. At this point, we're still not sure what it will be called. In Japan, the Z has always adopted the Fairlady Z name. But in the US, the Z-Car has used a name equivalent to its engine's displacement (240Z, 300ZX, 350Z). That said, some report that the next-generation model could bear the name 400Z.
Excited for the Z's launch? We are too. It's about time a new Z arrived.