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Here's What I Think of the New Nissan Z Prototype

May 30, 2021
this is more doug demuro and today I'm going to tell you

what

I

think

of the new

nissan

z

prototype

nissan

just revealed a kind of concept car, a kind of

prototype

version of the next z car, the replacement for the 370z and today I'm going to give you my opinion, okay, before we start, this is not my car, it is a special car, you will see it in a video below, it is just a press car. I don't normally take press cars, but due to greed, I've had to trust them a little more, so that's it, you're free to guess

what

you

think

it is, maybe it's obvious, I don't know anyway. , let's talk.
here s what i think of the new nissan z prototype
I'm going to start by going over some of the basics of the prototype z which they just call the nissan z proto for some reason uh and then I'll tell you what I think of it so let's start right, first with the styling and again I'll keep my opinions to myself. In just a couple of minutes I want to go over just the basics so everyone knows what page we're on

here

. uh, Nissan went for a modern retro look

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, which makes sense, you know, the Z line has created some really beautiful cars over the years, from the original datsun z car to the z32, so they wanted to bring together some of those beautiful things from yesteryear, but they also wanted to bring in some newer 350z and 370z for continuity and I've done that, so there's some retro and some modern and there's also some z cars next, now the interior is pretty plain.
here s what i think of the new nissan z prototype

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here s what i think of the new nissan z prototype...

I actually had to laugh during the live presentation of this car on Tuesday, the Nissan guy presenting said and now we bring this futuristic technology to the gauge cluster screen in the car and I'm thinking yeah, this is futuristic for Nissan, everyone else has been using it for like six years and now Nissan is way behind, uh, but it's again, pretty simple interior, two screens, one in the center, one in the gauge cluster, the two seats , some gauges above the center, the center vents and the infotainment screen, um, and you've got the all-important manual transmission again.
here s what i think of the new nissan z prototype
More on my thoughts in a minute now under the hood nissan says just this eh okay we know it's rear wheel drive we know manual transmission nissan has said v6 biturbo they haven't said what v6 they haven't said how much power it will have, but that's what they said twin turbo v6 again, my opinion in just a second regarding the release date, nissan calls this a prototype, but they are pretty clear that they are going to build the car, this design is not finalized, but the final production car will continue. sale in 2021, in just a year it will go on sale as model 22, so this is not that far away at all, so it should be pretty finalized, so those are the basics of the new nissan z car, now I'm going to give you my opinion, what I think about the z proto, let's start with the style, I like it, in fact, I really like it in general, I think the overall design is very good, very modern, and most importantly, it is very clean, a lot of automakers in the last few years have been focusing on this new trend where cars are fussy and there are slits and cuts and all these excessive styling details to try to get their point across through giant grilles. and exaggerated character lines and it was all too much and, frankly, I always thought these cars were overly styled, but between the new Land Rover Defender, the new Jeep Gladiator, the new Bronco, the Polestar and Volvo models, I hope so We may be entering an era of simplicity where you don't need to have as much overdesign to get your point across in the future and I like the simple interpretation here.
here s what i think of the new nissan z prototype
Designers seem to be starting to realize that their car designs can say as much when they are simple as when they are not. The z has a nice clean and simple look and it looks good because of that but it's okay I like the overall design but there are still a few issues worth mentioning a few details one good one I love the lights rear. The rear lights recover the appearance of the z32. 300 zx tail lights these horizontal stripes are very cool, they look good, it's kind of cool and I think this might be the first retro design feature we've seen that's reminiscent of a 90's car.
Most retro design features You see them on cars from the '60s. Cars from the '70s were from their heyday. from car design, I think this might be the first 90's retro feature on a new car and it looks cool and I like how it looks, on the other hand I'm not a fan of the headlights, they're too generic, they're too simple . They're not distinctive enough for me, but when it comes to the front, the headlights are a minor point for me, the lowest point on the front, the whole car is definitely the grille. You've got this simple, flowing car design, very beautiful and then you come to the front and there's this huge horizontal rectangular grille on the front, it's just a big square and it doesn't fit the design of the car at all.
It's too excessive, too square, if you like, for me it's the lowest point. the whole look now i think the grill is there to remember the old z car, the old z cars from the 70's, if you look back at the dots and z cars they also had a very big grill on the front and i think nissan thought that would make sense here to tie the design together, it works then because it's a retro car that works now, but the problem here is that the grill of the old z car is divided by a silver bumper that runs the entire length of the front, something that this car does not have.
I don't have it and of course you can't get away with silver exterior bumpers anymore, so you need that bumper to minimize the look of the large grille. It's just not ideal to just be a huge grill, in my opinion, in the center. For me that's the only downside to the look of this car, everything else I think looks great and I think it was a well done and well executed design. Now next inside the car, I like the interior, it's nice to see a big center screen. and the gauge cluster display, I'm glad to see that like I said, Nissan is finally joining the rest of us in 2020.
The three gauges above the climate vent in the middle are a nice throwback to the older z cars that had something similar, but mostly. I just like the simplicity of the interior uh, it reminds a bit of the subaru brz and scion frs, there are no crazy lines or excessive character again, like on the outside and the interior is simple, it's focused, it looks good, like in my opinion , a driver's car. There should be no madness or excess in the design here, but let's talk about the rest, which to me is actually more interesting: the Nissan engine says twin turbo v6, many people report that this will be the twin turbo v6 that is already in the infiniti q50 red. sport 400 which has 400 horsepower that's why they'll call it the 400 z, that's the idea that would be great, it's a great engine, it's not currently connected to a manual transmission and I wonder if many will have a manual for the z.
Now, for that engine, maybe they would give one to the Q50. I'm aware that I'm not the biggest fan of the Q50, but I wonder if that might help the 400 horsepower engine with a manual transmission could do some good. stuff for that car, what do I think of this engine in the z? I like it, it's a good engine, that's really my problem with the q50, it goes way beyond the drivetrain, in fact the drivetrain is probably the best part of that car, it's fun. fast, it's exciting, it's a very immediate engine, good power band, there are only positive things to say about it, plug it into a manual, put it in a smaller car, you've got a recipe for a really enjoyable time, so I'm excited about it and, as I said, 400 z the idea is that that is what they will call it, the previous models were named after the displacement, the 300 zx had 3 liters, the 350 had 3.5, etc., but obviously now, in the era of smaller turbocharged engines, you really can't.
Make that more or it'll be a smaller number, so they'll get horsepower, that's the idea, but anyway, to me, maybe the most interesting thing here is that this car is being manufactured, it's no secret that the z lineup has been slowly withering away or i guess it's withering away over time, there hasn't been much interest in these cars, the current z is over a decade old and feels old and sports cars in general have lost their shine for many buyers. SUVs have become the norm or sports sedans with more practicality and honestly I'm surprised that Nissan feels another generation of Auto Z is worth it.
This is especially interesting to me because toyota has made it clear that they cannot financially justify creating a sports car in their You know, they partnered with BMW to create the supra. They partnered with Subaru to make the frs. Toyota is a huge company with what I assume is a lot more resources than Nissan and they can't get a sports car to profitability and here's Nissan saying, "Hey, no, we can do it and we can do it with a manual transmission, which follows It's really surprising to me that Toyota doesn't offer a manual on the supra, but anyway we'll move on, I have a theory on how I'm justifying this.
My thought is that Nissan has been in bad shape for a while. It's no secret that their product line is mostly obsolete. Lots of fleet sales to rental car companies. Not much interest in Nissan anymore. It's just gotten tough and I wonder if. Nissan is thinking the new Z will be some kind of Halo car, not in terms of price like a Lexus Lfa or an Audi R8, but in terms of attracting people to the brand, bringing people back, maybe Nissan is thinking, we want people to see. Nissan is exciting and desirable again , it's not just something you get stuck with when renting from a car rental company.
We want people to come back beyond the rental companies, so this is our chance to inspire that kind of enthusiasm. The problem with this thinking. If that's your thinking, once you release the cool car to get people's attention, you really have to have other cool cars to follow. Audi waited to come out with the R8 until the rest of their lineup was excellent. They had a new A4. the year they had just released the a5 they had just released the q7 there were plenty of reasons why you would want to buy something in an audi showroom after you saw the r8 and it got you excited.
Nissan doesn't have that. then the z will catch our attention then we'll show up and drive the pathfinder and it's outdated and it sucks and the same goes for the murano and then the rogue is low quality and sedans just run hot on rental cars and a Except Nissan is planning a big product campaign over the next year to coincide with the launch of the Z. I suspect it won't have the effect they're looking for, but I guess that's their hope that it will attract people. I came back and by the way, here's something you don't want to hear, another quick note on the z.
The Nissan line with Nissan resources in 2020 with the tastes of modern buyers does not have the capacity to support two sports cars, in my opinion, my most sincere belief is that Nissan sat down and said we can afford to redesign the GTR or the Z, which one makes sense to do and they chose the Z and I bet the GTR will disappear at least for a while, it's too expensive to make the market is too narrow and I bet the GTR won't survive. The current one will last a little longer, but sales have slowed to a minimum.
I guess the GTR won't see an R36 generation, at least not right away. I think they chose. On the other hand, the z has more volume and is more affordable, so anyway that's sad, but let's keep talking about z prices and competitors, obviously the biggest competitor is the supra and I think the z will be similarly priced, except with the benefit of being all Nissan instead of Type. from a mix of toyota bmw and with the benefit of having a manual transmission and if the rumors are correct, the new z will have 400 horsepower, which is about 20 more than in the top line supra, so you have more power, you have more kind of purity with the The unique thing about Nissan like the Z was developed exclusively by Nissan and you have three pedals and at that point, on paper, this is an easy win for Nissan, so I sincerely hope that they don't find some way to spoil it.
Nissan doesn't necessarily build the best cars, although I have the greatest respect for many of their older models, the newer models have been disappointing and this worries me, obviously pricing has not yet been announced for the new z, so early in the stage the supra starts at 44000 for the four cylinder low 50s 52 53 for the six cylinder let's hope the z is in the middle of that high mid high 40 that would be a really successful price so that's my thought about the new z. I love the look except for the headlights a little and the grill a lot and I love the general idea of ​​the nice interior the manual transmission is good it looks like a good biturbo v6 technology it would be great if it was the one on that q50 it looks like it will be fantastic in the paper.
I'm surprised they put resources into this car given the lack of popularity of sports cars these days, but I'm glad they did.they have made. It's always nice to have another z car, although I think it probably means the death of the gtr, but there you go. Now you know what I think of the Z and I can't wait to review the real version when it comes out, I guess in about a year.

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