UPDATE, 7 April 2021: New images of the production 2022 Nissan 400Z – or simply Nissan Z, as it could be called – have emerged overnight.
Posted by sources including CarBuzz, the images show front and rear three-quarter views of a silver example of the new sports car, which leaked information published in March 2021 suggests is a mid-spec, luxury-focused 'Type T' variant of the car.
As seen in both March's leaked images and January's patents, the production-bound Z is a near carbon-copy of 2020's Z Proto concept, with its 240Z-inspired design differentiating solely through a revised front grille, door locks and a rear lip spoiler on the tailgate.
Today's leak also provides another (albeit blurry) look at the new Z's cabin, pictured below with bright blue seats trimmed in a combination of leather and suede-like materials.
The emergence of two sets of leaked images within weeks of one another – along with aforementioned leaked details on the sports car's US pricing and specs – suggests we could be just weeks or months away from seeing the new 2022 Nissan Z revealed in full.
Above: 2022 Nissan Z interior photo, courtesy of @djfabonick on Instagram.
Unsubstantiated rumours suggest order books in the US could open as soon as May 23, indicating a global reveal may be no more than six weeks away – though Nissan has yet to confirm such rumours.
Our original story continues below.
23 March 2021: The 2022 Nissan 400Z has surfaced online, with images showing what is believed to be a production-ready version of the Japanese sports car.
In terms of design, it appears to be faithful to the original concept vehicle. The car photographed features a new front lower spoiler that's larger than before. Its overall design has been ever-so-slightly sharpened too – likely to simplify mass-production efforts.
A horizontal design theme continues to dominate the rear, complete with a black tail-light housing that's reminiscent of the Nissan 300ZX of the 1990s, and a new lip spoiler not previously seen on the concept.
Inside, the twin-binnacle dash inspired by the original Datsun 240Z can be seen, alongside a gear selector for an automatic transmission and a manual handbrake.
A fully-digital instrument cluster and large central touchscreen shared with the Z Proto face the driver, with the steering wheel featuring a pair of metallic paddle shifters.
Information recently revealed in the Project Cars 3 video game suggests the mill's maximum power output could be as high as 331kW, with weight listed as 1475kg.
The 2022 Nissan 400Z is expected to be fully unveiled in the second half of this year, with vehicles expected to land in Australian showrooms in 2022.