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Looking for a Christmas treat? Here are five performance vehicles on sale now

Australia loves a performance car, no questions there. Whether that stems from the tyranny of distance, or our cultural upbringing on Bathurst and V8s, who knows. What we do know is that we still continue to buy the hotted-up versions of regular cars, alongside a healthy amount of two-door sports cars, too...

Interview, Alfonso Albaisa: Designing Nissan's new Z car

It reads like a movie. "One of the first cars I recall seeing was as a little kid in Miami, in 1970, 71… That's one of the reasons I fell in love with designing cars." The scene shifts to a young man stepping off a plane, with the caption "20 years later…" (Well, almost...

Nissan Z Proto in (almost) all the colours of the rainbow

UPDATE: The fans over at 400ZClub.com (gee, they've really doubled down on the 400Z name!) have created a set of nicely re-coloured examples of the Z Proto, so we've added them to the story below. September 17: The very special new Nissan Z Proto concept was revealed today, showcased in an especially bright yellow that not only paid tribute to the 240Z and 300ZX that inspired it, but also got tongues wagging...

Nismo 400Z rendered: Imagining Nissan's next 'affordable' hero

The Nissan Z Proto concept, unveiled this week in Japan, provides a surprisingly production-ready look at what Nissan has in store for the next chapter in the Z story. While the visuals are all but locked in, details on the engine and performance potential were kept more closely guarded...

Nissan Z Proto: What the photochoppers and memesters think

This week's big unveiling of the Nissan Z Proto concept – more a pre-production prototype than an actual concept – has been a hit with fans, if the CarAdvice comments section is anything to go by. With 240Z inspiration and a little Z32 300ZX thrown into the mix, design boss Alfonso Albaisa's team appears to have pulled it off...

Nissan Z Proto v Nissan 370Z: Styling face-off

For enthusiasts, there’s no greater news than that of a new-generation sports car. The Nissan 370Z has stayed the course for 11 years, having first launched in 2009, but now a new Z waits in the wings, with some pretty strong clues coming in the form of the production-ready Z Proto concept. This time the new Z is unlikely to be all-new...

Nissan 400Z: Z Proto concept revealed

It was nearly three years ago, already eight years into the 370Z's life, that Nissan planning boss Philippe Klein put to rest any notion that the ageing Z was dead. The following years had not offered much promise, however, and the Renault Nissan alliance's fluctuating fortunes had sparked concerns the Z project had been shelved – or, worse, that it might take a form inspired by 2015's Gripz SUV concept...

Nissan 400Z: Z Proto teased ahead of September 16 debut - UPDATE

UPDATE, September 11: A third new teaser video for the upcoming Nissan Z Proto 'concept' has been released overnight, confirming what many had suspected from the previous video: the 'new' Z car will retain a manual transmission option. With the expectation that the so-called '400Z' will launch with the 'VR30' 298kW/475Nm 3...

First look: Nissan 400Z rear-end teased in official sketch

A single stylised wireframe rendering has given fans their first look at the rear end of the coming Nissan 400Z – or at least the Z Proto concept, which we now know will be revealed on September 15. Posted to the Instagram profile of Nissan global design chief Alfonso Albaisa, the rendering offers clear evidence that the new Z coupe's rump will be inspired by the Z32 300ZX, introduced in 1989...

Nissan 400Z delayed to 2023 – report 

Did we say '2021 Nissan 400Z'? Better make that 2022 – for its unveiling, that is, and 2023 for an on-sale date. So, 2023 Nissan 400Z it is. (This is where, if I could, I'd insert an animated GIF of a man shaking his fist at the sky...

2021 Nissan 400Z here next year, electric/hybrid version due next generation - UPDATE

UPDATE, August 28: Looks like the 400Z has now been delayed another couple of years. UPDATE, August 27: new speculative renderings of the 2021 Nissan 400Z have surfaced in the Japanese media, posted to enthusiast forum GR86.org this week. We've added them to this story (above and further down), but the content is otherwise unchanged...