The first Z car was introduced in 1969 as the 240Z and remained in production until 1978 when it was followed by the 280ZX. Its successor, the 300ZX, followed in 1983 and was redesigned in 1989. In 2000, Nissan replaced the 300ZX with the 350Z, a direct predecessor to the 370Z we know today. The latter arrived in 2008, and as of 2020, it’s the oldest vehicle in Nissan’s current lineup.
The story of the Nissan 400Z has been a long, dramatic one filled with rumors, speculation, and uncertainty. We’ve heard everything from the next-gen Z car landing as a crossover to it being built in collaboration with Mercedes, and let’s not forget new that it could end up being a hybrid or an EV that sits next to the Nissan GT-R EV. Then May of 2020 took a very interesting turn when some reports indicated that both the Nissan Z and GT-R could be discontinued altogether, only to be followed by an official teaser that showcased a retro-styled Z-Car. So, a new Nissan Z was confirmed, and all was good, but now we’re learning more about it, including what we can expect of its platform, its heart, and the likelihood that the 400Z will be electric. Fair warning: you might not like what you’re about to read, but you might.
The 2021 Nissan 400Z is similar to the 370Z and its historical predecessors, the 300ZX and the 240Z. The 400Z actually borrows from both, as the front end appears to be just as sharp as the 240Z, while the rear fascia is as flat as the 300ZX. The roof retains the shape of the 370Z, with a heavily slated rear section. The headlamps sport a more modern design with LED lights, while the front hood appears to form a V toward the nose.
Nissan teasing the long-awaited 400Z, designer Guillaume Lerouge has used the teaser to render how the new sports car could look
The 2021 Nissan 400Z roofline slopes towards the back in typical Z fashion but the rear end appears to be less rounded compared to the 370Z and more like the classic Z models. The new model is reportedly going to be based on a revised version of the 370Z platform.
On powertrain, Its expected that the 400Z will probably also share the twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine with the Infiniti Q60. This mill cranks out 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which is below the outgoing 370Z, but the Q60 Red Sport comes with a more powerful variant. The beefed-up V-6 cranks out 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of twist and tops out any existing version of the 370Z. While the regular model delivers 332 horses and 269 pound-feet, the 370Z Nismo comes with 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of twist on tap.
Nissan has just announced that it will introduce 12 new models in the next 18 months as part of its new strategy. These will include the Ariya electric SUV, Armada, Frontier, Pathfinder, Terra, Rogue, Qashqai, and of course the new Z among others.