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News New Nissan Z Sketch Shared By Design Boss Albaisa

New Nissan Z Sketch Shared By Design Boss Albaisa

Alphonso Albaisa, Nissan’ senior vice president for Global Design, shared this image on Instagram


  • Sketch shows the rear of the new Z which seems inspired by the Z32 Nissan 300ZX.

  • This is the first semi-clear image of the new Z’s rear.

  • Nissan will reveal the Z Proto on September 15th.


It seems clear to us now that Nissan’s played the automotive media to get us to think that the next-generation Z car was still ways away. Only yesterday, they launched a video on the upcoming Z Proto reveal, and later that same day, Albaisa shared this sketch.

 

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Projects with huge meaning do not come every day, on top of that, few projects trigger immediate “slide show” memories like Z. In Tokyo 50 years ago Tai san(Nissan Executive Design Director) saw his first Z and “lights on” wanted to be a car designer. Around the same time but a few thousand miles away a Cuban kid(me😇)in Miami saw his first Z and as well simply “what?WOW”! Tai san later was a designer on the ultra-modern, breathtakingly minimalistic 300ZX, the 2nd clay model I saw on my first trip to design studio in Japan 31 years ago (another huge WHAT?WOW moment). I later found myself working on 350Z, a team dream to find a new language for Z discovering mechanical beauty and road hugging performance posture. More to come but please share and let us know your memorieZ. #nissanz #Powerofz #nissan #datsun240z #nissan350z #nissan300zx #nissan370z #nissannext #fairlady240z

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The “drawing” is deceptively simple but it in fact shows a number of design cues that have become synonymous with the Nissan Z. The flat-top rear fenders are reminiscent of the earlier Zs but it’s the taillight design that has us all going nuts. The retro card for the new Z will be heavily played for the exterior, while the interior will be modern – thoughts we share with Motor1.com. The long double horizontal lines positioned against short double horizontal lines are a near-exact copy of the fabled 4th generation Z32 300ZX which was sold between 1990 and 1996 in North America.

1992 Z32 Nissan 300ZX | Photo: Nissan

So far, we admit that the next Z is looking as though it will hit every mark, including being offered with a manual transmission. The 7th generation Nissan Z, the Z35, purportedly named 400Z, will be unleashed on the world on September 15th

2021 Nissan 400Z teaser

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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