My main thought after typing out everything below is this:
In a world of cars that all look boring, hideous, or stupid, this is not only great-looking, but interesting AND tasteful. Nissan NAILED it. Especially in 2020 when everything has more swoops and flares than a 50s concept car, this thing is strikingly UNstriking. But it stands out. It's so DIFFERENT, but hilariously it's absolutely retro.
The Mustang is so ugly now. Accord roofline, goofy proportions, no real cohesiveness. The Camaro looks like a toy. BMWs all have grilles you could house the entire homeless population of Salt Lake City in. Crossovers with no cargo area are a thing.
And then here's this Z. It has modern-looking headlights, generally modern details. It's not overtly retro but it's clearly a modern take on a 240Z. And it all works.
It's SO NICE to see a nice-looking car that's still modern.
Tamura's "Dance partner" comment leaves me at least a little hopeful that the car will have some nice dynamics rather than just being a sort of box-checking slot-filler like the 370.
I like it quite a bit overall. The back is a LITTLE droopy, but that's standard for Nissan. I think the lip line coming down across the tail lights to the fender could have been done better.
I'd like to see it with a matching roof and hatch. I get the impression that color transition halfway along the deck is disguising a little flab.
The nose looks pretty good. Maybe a little long between grille and hood. The headlights are weird but they work. Better than any other current headlight style. At least they don't have stupid cutouts or tabs for no reason.
The interior is alright. Certainly not as driver centric as I would expect from a Z. That floating console looks like it belongs in the Quest. I like the way they integrated the dash vents ahead of the door releases. Recalls older Nissan and Datsun coupes.
The rocker panels are hideous and awful.
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Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:10 pm
Better than I had expected. The 3/4 view is the best angle. Do not like the rear tail.
I had hoped for an inline 6. Wishful thinking on my part.
Cannot wait to see one in person. Do they come in Orange?
Agreed all around. I6 dynamics are so much better than V6. And it's not like there's no room under that hood. Imagine something like a 2.5-3.0 liter TT I6.
But this is still a step in the right direction. The VQ is SO ANCIENT and while it was the best in its segment 25 years ago, it's so far behind the pack now.
I also agree about he back. It's droopy and lacks form. It needs to be sharpened up and drawn in a little, especially the compound curve above, around the outer sides of the tail lights. The bodywork is kinda...just there. Maybe they were going for clean, but it's a little TOO clean. It needs a little vigor.
And I definitely want to see more colors. I particularly want to see it without the black hatch/roof, which seem to be disguising a pretty broad empty swath of rear deck.
Of course, based on the statements about it being a starting point, a lot of these areas have plenty of room to flesh out with some character.