Nissan Z Proto: Hot or Not? We Have Mixed Opinions
Nissan has unveiled the Z Proto concept, which (hopefully) gives us a look at the replacement for the aging 370Z. Reactions around our (virtual) office were mixed. Here's what the Automobile staff thinks about the Nissan Z Proto's design.
After decades of chunky, bloated Z-cars, the Nissan Z Proto design gets back to a profile that more closely echoes the simplicity of the original 240Z. I love the classic styling cues, from the "open" headlights to the creased hood to the little "Z" emblem on the C-pillar. Importantly, the interior looks like more than an afterthought, as it appeared for the last couple of decades. The 370Z promised improvements on the 350Z but failed to deliver on many of them. Let's hope the production Z-car that comes from the Nissan Z Proto is focused on bringing a lighter, sharper, more engaging driver's car to market.
Ed Tahaney, Online Editor: More Not Than Hot
A V-6 twin-turbo, six-speed manual—what's not to love? Well, maybe that horrible hood design, goofy grille, and retro rear end. Pretty bland looks overall for the Proto Z design, but the extra 5.5 inches in length compared to the 370Z makes for a striking profile. But for me, it's definitely more "not" than "hot" overall.
The Nissan Z Proto is a knockout design inside and out. This two-tone coupe is a refreshing take on the sports car; I commend Nissan for allowing the Proto Z to stay true to its roots by sticking to ...
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