Ahead of the global launch of the 2022 Nissan Z on August 17 in Miami, Arizona, a couple of prototypes were spotted on the roads while testing them.
The new Nissan Z has become one of the auto industry’s worst secrets. Just a few months ago, a series of images and videos appeared on the web showing the new car in production guise and design almost identical to the Z Proto that was unveiled last year.
While we know what the finished sports car will look like, Nissan is continuing to test prototypes covered in black and white camouflage. These photos from the New Nissan Z forum show one prototype with Michigan plates while the other test car is hidden away.
Almost all design elements of the car are identical to last year’s Z Proto. In particular, the wheel design and the somewhat controversial grille are identical. Like the production-ready cars that hit the photo a few months ago, these prototypes have protruding trunk lid spoilers that the Z Proto lacked.
The suspension appears to be raised slightly to increase ground clearance and make the car more suitable for real driving.
The new Nissan Z will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that will develop around 400 hp. Customers will be able to order the vehicle with Mercedes’ 9G-Tronic automatic transmission or with a six-speed manual transmission