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2022 Nissan 400Z revealed in production form in patent images

The 2022 Nissan 400Z sports car edged closer to Australia this week, with Nissan filing patent images locally for what appears to be the production car. While the Nissan 400Z has already been teased with the Nissan Z Proto concept (bottom) unveiled in September 2020, new patent filings lodged with Australian intellectual property officials seem to show the production version of the hotly-anticipated sports car...

'Mr GT-R' and Nissan Z product specialist Hiroshi Tamura talks spirit and purpose

Many know him as 'Mr GT-R', but Hiroshi Tamura has always had a Nissan Z car of some form in his life, and they've always been mean, extra-ordinary versions. The first was a used example of the race-focused homologation 240ZG, chosen because its pointy fibreglass snout reminded him of Japan's iconic Shinkansen – known to most of the world as a 'bullet train'...

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...