The new Nissan Z may not be on sale yet, but we got to see a modified version at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Yes, Nissan decided to put together a custom model of their own to show off the not-so-creative name Nissan Fairlady Z Customized Proto. Nissan hasn’t given much information about the car, but as far as we can tell, it’s mainly aimed at getting buyers and customers’ brains spinning about how they’re going to personalize their Zs.
The Customized Proto takes the retro theme of the production car and runs with it. The front has the biggest change with a split bumper. The narrow upper grille looks even more like that of the original 240Z, and some Autoblog staff think it’s an improvement over the production design. Modest fender flares have been added to the sides for added visual width and to accommodate wider tires. Those tires are wrapped around wheels seemingly inspired by the famous RS Watanabe wheel design.
The rear hasn’t changed quite as obviously as the front, but there are plenty of interesting details to notice upon closer inspection. The ducktail spoiler is a definite throwback to the original Z’s, emphasized by the classic Fairlady Z script on the rear. The dual exhaust ends with some unique quad exhaust tips, with the tips forming circles on either side. And the whole car is finished in bright orange with black accents on the hood, spoiler and side stripes.
We love this modified Z, and we’re excited to see what the rest of the aftermarket has planned for the car when it actually goes on sale.