Nissan Z Proto sports car revealed with retro style

Prototype is a sneak peek at the next Nissan Z

The Nissan 370Z has been on sale for over a decade, but the brand’s next sports car will resemble something much older than that.

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The Nissan Z Proto revealed Tuesday night is the prototype for the 370Z’s long-awaited replacement.

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The two-seat coupe harkens back to the style of the 1970 240Z, with a similar profile and retro badges to drive the point home.

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It’s also something of a greatest hits design, with taillights inspired by the 300ZX of the 1990s and a large rectangular grille opening like the 370Z’s.

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As a work in progress, exact specifications aren’t yet being offered, but Nissan said it is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 and confirmed that a six-speed manual transmission is being developed, even as many other sports cars are only available with automatics. (The production model will have one of them, too, of course.)

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It also has a hand brake lever and a relatively straightforward interior design, with three knobs for the climate controls below a touchscreen infotainment system and three analog performance gauges on top of the dash.

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The instrument cluster is all digital and sits behind a deep-dish steering wheel, while there are air vents incorporated into the doors.

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An on-sale date and price target were not announced, but the current 370Z starts at $31,015 while the recently rebooted Toyota Supra goes for $51,945 with a turbocharged straight-six.

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