Next Tuesday, September 15th at 8:30 PM EDT, the wraps from the new Z sports car will finally come out. Technically it will be a prototype, but the production version arriving next year should be basically the same. Ahead of the worldwide debut of the 370Z replacement, Nissan has released an unprecedented number of teasers to add to the suspense.
The latest episode further confirms what the previous clip suggested: the availability of a manual gearbox. We can see the six-speed lever for shifting the lever in all its glory, along with a proper handbrake instead of a button in an attempt to please the purists. Not only that, but Nissan was kind enough to show off the taillights a bit, which they will take after those of the 300ZX (Z32).
The 30-second clip gives us the opportunity to see the revised Z logo and check out those alloy wheels with a five-twin-spoke design and Z-branded brake calipers lurking from behind. In case you’re not sure what kind of car you’re looking at, the tires have a prominent Nissan and Z lettering on the sidewall which may remain a prototype-only deal.
We also hear the roar of the engine, presumably a V6. It is said to use a 3.0-liter twin-turbo adapted from the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 where it delivers 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet (475 Newton-meters) of torque, but it remains to be seen. For what it’s worth, Nissan claims the Z Proto will be “powerful”, not to mention “iconic” and “retro” as per the video description on Youtube.
With just a few days left until the long-awaited debut, we have a feeling that Nissan has at least one more teaser prepared for its new rear-wheel drive coupe.