Everything You Need to Know About the New Nissan 400z
September 25, 2020
If you didn't catch the Nissan 400Z reveal, don't worry! Today we're going to go over what Nissan has told us so far about the long-awaited new Z car. Keep in mind, this car is actually called the Nissan Z Proto meaning it's still in it's prototype phase. However, we're incredibly excited to see that Nissan is finally thinking about a revamp of their popular 370z that came out over a decade ago!
Now, don't get us wrong, we love the 370z. It offers a wide, beautiful body with a fun platform to drive and build, but with Nissan producing the same car for over 10 years without any significant changes, we started to get bored with that car and were starting to lost hope that Nissan would ever refresh this icon of a car.
*All Nissan 400Z Photos Courtesy of Nissan!
Let's start off with the biggest topic and the one we have the most information about, styling. When it comes to the looks of the 400z, we definitely get excited as Nissan has found the perfect way to bring the iconic 350z and 370z styling to a new era.
Starting at the front of the car, you're immediately greeted with a sleek, sloping hood that leads into a massive rectangular grille. You can instantly tell that Nissan was designing this grille after the great 240z that featured the same bold grille. The headlights are a teardrop shape that ties the hood, fender, and front bumper together perfectly with accenting LED running lights that make an almost complete oval shape. Everything about this design screams high-class and stays true to the Z style.
Along the side, we see an incredible similarity to the 370z. Of course, you can instantly see the difference in headlights, but the roofline, fender, and rear quarter panel is almost identical to the 370z but isn't quite as bubbly in its execution. This thing looks absolutely gnarly and features a black roof which gives an added depth to the design that accents the 400z bright yellow paint perfectly. Our favorite part, Nissan added a huge nostalgic piece behind the rear window, the retro Z badge!
While we're on the side of the car, we can see the 19-inch wheels that share a resemblance to the NISMO wheels that come from the 370z NISMO of the previous generation. These wheels are finished in what looks to be a very deep bronze color and wrapped in a set of custom lettered tires.
Finally, at the back of the car which has to be our favorite part of the whole car. You can now see where the black fastback ends and just how aggressive the black roof makes the back of the car look. The rear decklid is all black with stacked LED taillights designed to mimic those of the early Z cars. The back of this thing looks like some Japanese muscle car out of the Burnout video game series. If you know, you know. You can see towards the bottom that the 400z features dual exhaust and an absolutely gorgeous carbon fiber diffuser. The finishing touch is the Fairlady Z emblem above the decklid that looks absolutely killer!
There isn't a ton of information released on the 400Z's exact performance numbers but Nissan has given us a little information. They mention the new Z will feature twin turbos and while we'd love to imagine this car with the Nissan GTR engine, we have to be realistic. This new engine will most likely be the same engine found in the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport which is a beautifully engineered engine producing 400 horsepower and in the 400z, will be sent through a six-speed manual transmission and to the rear wheels.
- Engine: 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 (assumed)
- Horsepower: 400 (est)
- Torque: 350 lb ft (est)
- Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
- Drive: Rear Wheel Drive
Possibly one of the biggest changes to the new Z is the completely redesigned interior. The only images we have are with this awesome yellow contrast interior color scheme. The seats look somewhat similar to the 370z towards the bottom cushion, but the back has some significant design changes with sharper lines along the side bolsters and what looks to be suede or Alcantara inside the center sections of the sears with a gradient yellow stripe down the center. Both seats are accented in the same brilliant yellow as the exterior paint which looks phenomenal.
The biggest changes definitely come from the touchscreen and gauge cluster. We have been staring at the same Nissan infotainment and gauges since 2009 and finally, after all these years, the interior has been redesigned, and let us tell you that it was definitely worth the wait. No longer do you have an awkward lift up compartment in the center that houses either a dated navigation system or nothing at all. It's replaced with a beautiful touchscreen system that takes up nearly all of the center dash and looks really clean. Nissan didn't stray too far from their roots though. As you can see, they kept the three gauges on the dash just like all of the other generations and it even looks like they removed the clock from one of them!
Finally, there are no more physical gauges. They have been replaced with a screen that looks configurable and ties the whole entire interior together. This is probably the most exciting part of the new Nissan 400z interior because it rockets this car up to today's standards for quality.
Words can't express how excited we are to finally see a new Z in the works and especially one that looks this good, has a turbocharged powerplant, and is expected to cost only around $40,000 which makes it cheaper than the new Supra! We think this thing will be the next biggest platform in the enthusiast community. We can already picture it lowered on some coilovers, throwing a set of aggressive wheels on it, and maybe even a widebody. The 400Z is going to be so sought after when it launches and we'd bet it won't be long before the aftermarket companies have plenty of mods available for it!
*All Nissan 400Z Photos Courtesy of Nissan