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March 26, 2020

Here's the First Proof that Nissan is Making An All-New Z Sportscar

We can’t wait for 2021. Despite increased pressure to adopt more zero emissions vehicles, Japanese carmakers aren’t forgetting enthusiasts. Aside from Toyota and Subaru firming up details on their next-generation 86 / BRZ sportscar, Nissan has just given us the first solid indication that an all-new Z sportscar is happening.

Rumors suggested that the all-new Z will get a heritage-inspired design, and now a patent filing done by the carmaker all but confirms this. This patent filing (link here) shows the iconic “Z” logo with a diagonal slash in the middle. Eagle-eyed enthusiast will also note that the font type is similar to the ones that were used on the Datsun 240Z.

Along with the new retro-inspired Z logo, Nissan also filed a patent separately for a new corporate logo (link here). It’s a tweak of what was shown with the Ariya Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, it’s highly likely that the new Z will be the first to get the new minimalist logo.

Not much is known about the all-new Nissan Z at this point, but almost everyone is expecting it to pack a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (VR30). Now available in the Japanese market Skyline, it makes an even 400 horsepower and 675 Nm of torque. With that in mind, it’s likely that the Nissan will dub their new rear-wheel drive sportscar, the 400Z.

It could see its debut within the next 18 months. It’s likely Nissan will use the 2021 Tokyo Motor Show to showcase its all-new sportscar.

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