When Nissan revealed the all-new Z Proto, one question we’ve been wondering is whether the production model will be a watered-down version of the concept. It’s certainly the case for most production models, even for sportscar and supercars. Well, it seems that question has been answered thanks to these new patent images for the upcoming Z35 (possibly called the 400Z). And for those wondering, the production version looks very similar to the concept.
The renderings were discovered on Australia’s patent office registry originally by Car Expert. Based on these images, it seems that the shape and sleek lines of the Z Proto are also on the production model. So yes, it seems the prototype Nissan showed is more or less the final product.
Unfortunately, the lights don't show much detail in these patent photos. But, Nissan design chief Alfonso Albaisa did say that the Z Proto’s light signature is part of the design with headlights and taillights inspired by the 240Z and four-generation Z32 300ZX.
What’s interesting about the patent is that we see the production model details as well. These include the side markers, cut lines for the bumpers, keyholes, and even the parking sensors. However, there are no photos of the wheels for now. But hopefully, the stylish wheels on the concept make it into production.
Thanks to the patent images, we have a better idea of what the production model looks like from the outside. Unfortunately, we still don’t know what chassis Nissan’s upcoming sportscar will ride on and what engine will power it. So far, Nissan only confirmed a twin-turbo V6 with an optional manual transmission available. There’s also no interior renders, but we do hope the cabin stays true to the concept. The Z Proto was also built in left-hand drive (LHD) configuration, meaning the US and other LHD countries will get it as soon as possible.
When will the production model Z debut? It could go on sale sometime in 2022. So, are you excited about the new Z? We are. Let's just hope we won't have to wait 11 years before we get it locally.