- nissan has dropped another teaser video of the upcoming new z sports car, and this time we can hear its engine rev and see its six-speed manual shifter.
- the new z is expected to be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter v-6 that could produce up to 400 horsepower.
- a concept version, called the "z proto" will be revealed on september 15.
nissan will show us a prototype of its new z sports car, called the z proto, on tuesday next week. it'll take design cues from its predecessors—the original 240z as well as the 300zx of the early 1990s—and it's likely to be powered by a version of the engine found in the infiniti q50 and q60 red sport. and now we know a little bit of what that engine will sound like, and that the new z will have a glorious six-speed manual transmission (#savethemanuals).
that engine is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter v-6, which produces either 300 or 400 horsepower in various versions of the infiniti q50 and q60. we're not sure exactly how much power it will make in the z, but it's possible nissan will offer a standard model as well as a more powerful nismo variant. and now we have confirmation that all that power will be sent rearward through a standard six-speed manual transmission.
we'll see and know more about the new nissan z sports car when the z proto makes its debut on tuesday, september 15, and the production version should arrive sometime next year. until then, we'll just keep listening to that twin-turbo six sing and daydream about rowing its gears ourselves.