UPDATE, June 3: Run an image search on Google for the term '400Z rendering', and you'll be confronted with dozens of different speculative concepts crafted by hobbyist punters and professionally commissioned artists alike. Most are too extreme to get a look in, many are dull, and some should've been killed at the dream stage.
Now, thanks to a Nissan press briefing that blessed us with a frustratingly short but surprisingly revealing look at the new model, we finally have a rendering that must surely be close to what we'll see when the new Z car is revealed in the weeks ahead.
Compare the rendering above, commissioned by American website AutoGuide.com, with the shadowy teaser on which it's based, and we see there's little left to wonder at. The wheels and the design of the front bumper may not prove to be a good guess, but the rest is clearly what we can expect to see in showrooms.
What do you think? The original, official image is below.
Here's another, produced by independent artist Nicolas Cavero and posted to his Instagram page.
Although not rendered over the top of an official existing teaser image, and a little different in proportions, this rendering may nonetheless offer a good preview of what's to come.
What do we know about the Nissan '400Z' so far?
The drip feed of Z news in recent months has been anything but nourishing, with the most revealing detail being the appearance of a redesigned take on the iconic Z logo.
The badge reveals a more retro-styled look, and reports out of the US suggest dealers there have seen the new car and have confirmed a design that pays tribute to the original S30 240Z coupe and its generational siblings.
On that front, we can expect a return to rounded sugar-scoop headlights and rectangular tail lamps – the latter last seen on the 300ZX in the 1990s. (Replaced a little too often with stovetop lights…)
The images in this section of the article, produced by Canadian artist Leyang Bai, offer one speculative look at how that design could have worked on a modern canvas – before Nissan had pulled back one layer of mystery with its recent teaser video.
The new Z car has been rumoured to graduate to a 400Z badge – which would, if history is any guide – allude to a 4.0-litre engine, its biggest ever.
At the same time, reports point to the application of the twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 that produces 298kW and 475Nm in Infiniti's Red Sport models.
For both rumours/reports to prove true, we could see Nissan switch the focus of its Z nomenclature from engine displacement to output – 298kW converts, near enough, to about 400 horsepower.
A later Nismo version might then be known as the 500Z, if reports of a 500hp/372kW version are to be believed.
In either case, we could see the debut of an all-wheel drive system, given the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport gets all-paw traction in left-hand drive markets – but perhaps only for the Nismo version, if it does indeed deliver 372kW. (We got rear-wheel-drive only for the Q60 Red Sport, and many would likely prefer to see the Z stick to that formula.)
Whatever drives it, we should also expect the new Z to repurpose Nissan's FM platform rather than debut a bespoke architecture – given the low volumes in two-door models, these days.
As for talk of a late 2020 or early 2021 unveiling, that report originally came from the UK's Autocar, citing only unnamed sources – with the caveat that the COVID-19 pandemic could push the new Z's debut back.
Thanks to Nissan's teaser video, we now know the big unveiling can't be far away. And, with the 370Z now in its 11th year on the world stage… it would want to be soon.
Do you like the upcoming retro-themed Z, or would you prefer something more futuristic like this Gripz-inspired concept by RC82Workchop?