Next-Gen Nissan Z Channels Original 240Z Style

May 28, 2020 2 min read
Next-Gen Nissan Z Channels Original 240Z Style

That profile is almost a carbon copy of the original 240Z!

It's been almost 12 years since Nissan debuted the current 370Z, but it looks like sports car enthusiasts won't have to wait much longer for the seventh generation of the legendary Z car to arrive. Thanks to teaser video from Nissan showcasing a dozen future products, we get a couple glimpses of the upcoming Z car – rumored to be named the 400Z – and we definitely like what we see so far.

While we don't get a clear look at this new Z, it's obvious that designers borrowed styling cues from the original Z – the Datsun 240Z. These retro-inspired cues include a sleek front end with a long hood, rounded headlight elements to mimic the 240Z's face, a rear hatch that is sloped to meet the rear end and pronounced rear shoulders. As you can see in the image below, the profile of the new Z is almost identical to its original predecessor!

The first generation of the Z was introduced in 1969, and it lasted until 1978 as the 240Z, 260Z and 280Z using the Datsun name in the U.S. This original Z was succeeded by the 280ZX in 1978 and later two generations of the 300ZX (in 1983 and 1989) before the Z went on a six-year hiatus and rebooted by the 350Z and currently the 370Z.

Nissan has not confirmed when the new Z will makes its official debut, but there's no doubt it will be a hit among Japanese car lovers.

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