Nissan has just released a new Z Proto teaser video, after a first preview released on September 15. What caught our attention was a quick look inside the new sports car, which reveals the adoption of a manual gearbox.
Indeed, the video shows in a fraction of a second the driver's palm resting on the car's gear lever. But if you slow down the playback speed and only see a small portion of what looks like a manual shifter.
Perhaps this is Nissan's way of expressing – or confirming – that the new Z will offer a manual option. We can't be 100% sure just yet, but we also can't understand why Nissan would do this in a teaser video if it hadn't planned to offer a manual transmission in the new Z.
The next Nissan Z Proto is expected to be a near-production concept of the next-generation sports car, which some reports will hit the market in 2021 and others claim it will launch in late 2022.
The Nissan Z is reportedly based on a heavily updated version of the 370Z platform and will use the company's 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, which produces 400 horsepower under the hood of the Infiniti Q50 and Q60 Red Sport 400. .
The latest teaser image of the new Nissan Z also gave us a first look at the design of the rear, which appears to adopt design cues from the 300ZX. The sketch shows a series of slim LED taillights and further reveals the Z's sloping roofline.
It is worth mentioning that Nissan will unveil the new Z Proto concept on September 16.
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