Looks like: A slimmed-down 370Z with the right amount of retro-futuristic styling cues
Defining characteristics: Long hood, sloping roof, six-speed manual transmission, headlights inspired by the 240Z and taillights inspired by the 300Z
Ridiculous features: The tire sidewalls reading “Nissan Z” probably won’t make it to production, but that’s about it (and even that can be replicated easily enough)
Chance of being mass-produced: Barring catastrophe (which, given the state of the world, seems like a legitimate threat), the next Z should arrive by early 2022.
The surprise of Nissan including a Z car in its future plans still hasn’t worn off all the way. A two-door sports car? In this economy? Nevertheless, we’re getting a new Z along with nine other new Nissans in the next 20 months. It’s about time, too, with the current 370Z in its 12th model year. Enter the Z Proto, Nissan’s nearly ready-for-primetime Z.