Chicago Auto Show Concepts - The Nissan Z

July 14th, 2021 Chris Phillip
Chicago Auto Show Concepts - The Nissan Z
Over the next few days, we'll bring you the concept cars of the 2021 Chicago Auto Show. For those of you who don't know, the show dates back to 1901 and multitudes of famous cars were introduced at the show.

So what do we have for 2021?

Let's start with the Nissan Z Proto, which will give us a sneak peek into the next generation Z car.

Making its first auto show appearance in North America, the Z Proto signals Nissan’s intent to launch the next generation of its legendary Z sports car. With styling cues that pay homage to 50 years of Z heritage, the Z Proto is a thoroughly modern 2-seat sports car.

Careful to point out that the Z Proto is not a production vehicle, Nissan did provide some exterior specifications that are very similar to the current 370Z. Though not specific on engine power, Nissan did say that the Z Proto is powered by a twin-turbo V6 that drives the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual gearbox.

On the inside the Z Proto's cabin aims to seamlessly blend modern technology with vintage Z touches. Hints of Zs past can be found in the Z Proto’s instrumentation, but in a modern interpretation that utilizes a 12.3-inch digital display that is arranged to help the driver grasp it at a glance, such as the redline shift point at the twelve o-clock position. The vintage steering wheel offers the quick access to controls and yellow accents are found throughout the cabin. Seats feature special accent piping and layered seat material to create depth.

"The Z represents the joy of driving in its purest form and has helped shape Nissan's DNA as a passionate, innovative challenger," said Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida. "Ever since the first generation, it has captured the hearts of car enthusiasts all over the world. That's why we're so excited to be able to say to them: Yes, the next one is coming!"