By on January 15, 2021

400Z

The elusive new Nissan 400Z has been photographed in a recent Nissan patent filing with IP Australia, the first look at what the production model will look like. These images appeared on newnissanz.com.

 

400Z

Details about the new 400Z have been sketchy at best. My contacts have been sworn to secrecy, and haven’t divulged any information whatsoever, other than to let me know that it wouldn’t be a first or second quarter launch and to hold off on any requests to see much less drive one.

400Z

What has been said, according to Car & Driver, is that the 400Z will come with a twin-turbo V6, borrowed from the Infiniti Q60 most likely, with a six-speed manual transmission. Although the 400Z is expected to have all the amenities of a modern sports car, including a center stack loaded with an infotainment system, we can’t help but yearn for a more simplified version, one with round, analog gauges that mirror the Zs of old, where the emphasis is on performance, instead of all the latest gizmos and tech wizardry available to Nissan.

400Z

Price? Well, speculation is that the 400Z will be in the same range as the Supra. As much as we enjoyed driving a 350Z convertible, if it will make the coupe lighter not to design it with structural reinforcement for a ragtop, we’d opt for that. One body style should work for all, and the number of convertibles sold each year, and among sports cars, should attest for it.

[Images: newnissanz.com]

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26 Comments on “Nissan 400Z Revealed...”


  • avatar
    Syke

    Attractive. Acceptable.

    I love the constant whining about too much tech. The hard cold reality is that said purist Internet whiners are the people who refuse to buy new, so why should the manufacturers give a damn about what you want?

    • 0 avatar
      statikboy

      It wouldn’t make sense for us to buy new, because it would just reinforce to the manufacturers that they CAN sell us a tarted up vehicle, since that’s all they make available. Where’s the spiritual successor to the mid 80’s Mustang LX 5.0? Anecdotally speaking, they sold like crazy, but nothing similar was offered when the replacement came in ’94.

    • 0 avatar
      Superdessucke

      True. They don’t put their money where their mouths are, until the car is used, at which time the more affluent amongst them end up paying $88,000 for a 2012 CTS-V wagon with 77,000 miles on it on Bring a Trailer. The bottom 95% get a cheap car like a E36 BMW, put a $350 ebay coilover kit on it, and then brag about their racing prowress. Yeah, I think the manufacturers have tuned this demographic out, no pun intended!

  • avatar
    JMII

    A bit late to the party. After getting a C7 I am totally spoiled by its mag-ride suspension… thus not sure I could go back to traditional dampers. My 350Z was right sized, but needed to go on a diet or gain power. It appears they fixed the power part with twin turbo V6. However the Z also needed an upgrade in the traction control department, it was either on or off, with nothing in between. My Z51 Corvette has 5 PTM modes and 5 drive modes. If you are going to stuff a bunch of computers into a car at least use them to customize the driving experience.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    Go with the moon discs…totally different.
    The guys who need brake cooling can take them off at the track.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    These images seem to have regressed from what we saw in the past:

    https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/09/nissans-next-z-wont-be-sold-in-europe/

    I still like it.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I like the look but I’d rather have the BMW engine.

  • avatar
    Imagefont

    Boring. They should do a throwback to the original 240Z shape. And put a straight six in it. And no turbo. The current Z is the ugliest vehicle ever built and this new design is derivative by simply trying to make it less ugly – boring is the result. This doesn’t surprise me though, Nissan styling is a slowing moving train wreck with one car after another going off the tracks and bursting into flames. They need to pay KIA for styling advice.

  • avatar

    Yeah, not seeing where this varies *at all* from the “prototype” images revealed previously.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Given the situation Nissan is in, I’d say this is vaporware… but if Infiniti is to continue the Q60 coupe perhaps it will see the light of day.

  • avatar
    Garrett

    They should produce it exactly like this – monochromatic, and missing visible tailpipes, but with the cutouts.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Looks good, and I like it better than the Supra. I’m somewhat disappointed that this is clearly a heavy refresh of the old-as-dirt current model, with a lot of off-the-shelf components.

    Then again, maybe that helps keep the price down, which would be a good thing – this would be a pretty compelling value at around $45,000, which is what Toyota’s asking for a four-cylinder Supra.

  • avatar
    poltergeist

    Needs more ridiculous fake air vents if it’s going to compete with the Supra.

  • avatar
    PeriSoft

    “we can’t help but yearn for a more simplified version, one with round, analog gauges that mirror the Zs of old, where the emphasis is on performance, instead of all the latest gizmos and tech wizardry available to Nissan.”

    Nissan has been selling that car right up until now, and every review savages it for having precisely those qualities and not getting with the times. They really can’t win!

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Exactly! But even without all the latest tech, the interior of the current model Z is wildly outdated. They really let that model go to seed. Mazda has shown you can do a simple but contemporary interior with the Miata.

      • 0 avatar
        PeriSoft

        This is all true. On the bright side, it means my 2007 350 is pretty much current. ;)

        I keep toying with the idea of doing a kind of restomod of it – basically, replacing any material inside that isn’t what it’s pretending to be. But then I think, “Then I’m going to be a guy with a modified 350Z. It’s already bad enough that I’m a guy with a 350Z to begin with” and I stop thinking about it for a while.

  • avatar
    stuki

    Looks pretty darned nice. And from almost any angle as well, based on these mock ups. Let’s hope the important details have been properly sweated, so it doesn’t ship with a whole gaggle of gotchas.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Looks good but with Nissan quality it would be a big no for me.

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    At first glance, I thought the shape was a copy of the Porsche 924. That’s not a bad move. Many new sports cars are looking like race cars that don’t belong on the street.

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    Still with that awkward roofline, swing and a miss.

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    From the front, I can see a lot of the original Z. Of course I bet this thing will be about double the width of that car but I still overall like it.

  • avatar
    Ol Shel

    I’m so old and crusty, I’m actually a Datsun guy, so I want Nissan to do well, but… This thing will sell in the dozens. Reviewers will be cruel to it, but the real problem is that there’s no prestige in a Nissan. Folks who spend semi-big on a sports car are trying to impress others. The new Z will be fine, but I’m surprised Nissan is bothering, given its current woes.

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