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2023 Nissan 400Z Design Patent Reveals Z Proto Styling Cues

The 370Z is pretty old by all accounts, and as you may know by now, the 400Z still isn’t ready for production. Nissan is slowly but surely getting there, though. After revealing a concept last year, the Japanese brand has also filed a design patent for the twin-turbo sports car with IP Australia.
2023 Nissan 400Z design patent from IP Australia 8 photos
2023 Nissan 400Z design patent from IP Australia2023 Nissan 400Z design patent from IP Australia2023 Nissan 400Z design patent from IP Australia2023 Nissan 400Z design patent from IP Australia2023 Nissan 400Z design patent from IP Australia2023 Nissan 400Z design patent from IP Australia2023 Nissan 400Z design patent from IP Australia
Filed on September 15th under the 12-08 classification for motor vehicles, the design patent differs from the concept in three obvious ways. First of all, only one of these cars has side mirrors. Secondly, look at the door handles and wheels. It’s very hard to set these two apart from one another in terms of body shell and greenhouse, and I can’t say I’m surprised by it.

Nissan took the veils off the Z Proto with the intent of previewing the series-production model, which is understood to roll out in 2022 as a 2023 model. The Japanese automaker still hasn’t offered a definitive timeline for the real deal, but on the upside, we know a few important details about the hardware.

As opposed to the six-cylinder Toyota GR Supra, the 400Z will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission and rev-matching function. A torque-converter automatic will be available as well, featuring at least seven forward ratios as Infiniti offers in the Q50 and Q60 Red Sport 400.

The compact executive sedan and coupe will share their VR30DDTT with the 400Z, but Nissan is keeping its lips tightly shut about the output ratings. The Red Sport, for reference, develops 400 horsepower (406 PS) and 350 pound-feet (475 Nm) of torque from 1,600 to 5,200 rpm.

We could speculate on this subject for the better part of an hour, but the 400Z is more than simply numbers of a sheet of paper. According to chief product specialist Hiroshi Tamura, the all-new sports car is “like a perfectly suited dance partner" when the going gets twisty.

Tamura-san is adamant the 400Z “responds to the driver’s impulses as a deeply-felt unspoken connection.” In other words, the successor of the 370Z is going to walk the walk in terms of dynamic traits.

 
 
 
 
 

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