Wednesday, February 1, 2023
News The Nissan Z Proto Has The 3.0-litre Twin-Turbo VR30DDTT V6 Engine

The Nissan Z Proto Has The 3.0-litre Twin-Turbo VR30DDTT V6 Engine

Now that we’ve seen what's beneath the Nissan Z Proto’s hood, confirmation from Nissan can’t be that far off


  • There’s a very good chance it will land in the production Z car.

  • The VR30DDTT produces 400 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.

  • Rumours have it that a 475-horsepower Nismo version is in the works too.


2021 is shaping up to be another good year for new car reveals. If most will be EVs, to be expected, a solid handful will still feature the internal combustion engine. One such example is the Nissan Z car. We all got to meet the Z Proto last year and the one question on everybody’s minds is what lies under the hood. Now, we at least know what powers the Proto.

Nissan Z Proto | Photo: layersworks via Instagram

Physically, Nissan has all but entirely confirmed that the production Z car will be identical or nearly to the prototype. With the help of spy-like pictures taken of the Z Proto’s engine bay, it seems clear to all that a twin-turbocharged VR30DDTT 3.0-litre V6 is in the new 400Z’s future.

From the images, the Z’s engine cover differs but as explained and detailed on The Drive, the locations of various components including coolant caps and some coolant or refrigerant lines are identical to the engine found under the Infiniti Q60 Red Line’s hood.

This engine produces 400 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, which is considerably more than the outgoing 370Z’s 332 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. The rumoured Nismo iteration is promising too with upwards of 475 horsepower, another generous bump from the 370’s 350 horsepower and 276 lb.-ft. of torque.

We hope Nissan will see fit to confirm more details to all soon.

Nissan Z Proto | Photo: Nissan

Nissan Z Proto | Photo: Nissan

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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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