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Easter Eggs in the Nissan Z Proto

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A total of 7 easter eggs have been included in the Z Proto:

Respect of the Silhouette
While the Z Proto's long-nose, sloping-roof silhouette is not as extreme as the original Z's dramatic "baseball cap" proportions, certain aspects of the new car's profile are meant to "communicate respect" to the original, as Nissan design chief Alfonso Albaisa puts it. The most important among them, Nissan feels, is the termination point of the roof-to-tail arc, which plunges down to a point lower than the front fenders.

Dual-Motif Grille
From 10 paces away, the Z Proto's grille appears to be a large, rectilinear opening much like that of the outgoing model. But step a little closer, and one will notice that the space is bisected laterally and contains not just one but two styles of detailing. The upper area contains 24 radius-cornered rectangles highlighted in a dark chrome, while the lower area is more open, with no such brightwork and just two larger rectilinear details, all in gloss black. If you have to ask why, they you've never owned an early 240Z or 260Z, the upper grille of which might be dolled up with horizontal slats or mesh insert, while below the bumper is a second opening generally left devoid of such frippery—the better through which to gulp fresh air.

For Font Fans
The stylized, struck-through Z found on the C-pillars, steering-wheel center, and elsewhere on the Z Proto—including on those custom, unlikely-to-see-production white-letter Dunlops—appears exactly the same as it has on the fenders, hoods, and/or C-pillars of Z models for years. Similarly, the name Fairlady Z, which Nissan still uses.

Side Z
Another gem hidden within each headlamp assembly is the stylized Z found on the outer sides of the headlights. Viewed from the side, though, the dazzle from the aforementioned LED running lamps can obscure it from view whenever they are illuminated.

Since When?
You don't see too many humans getting tattoos touting their birth years, especially once they pass 50, but Nissan wants to remind anyone gazing into the black abyss of the Z Proto's hatchback glass that its Z cars have been bringing smiles to drivers' faces since 1969. Nestled oh so discreetly near the bottom of the rear window glass, the Z Proto's gray-on-black, small-print message is comparatively subtle, a proper Easter egg, next to those planted in those bouncy off-roaders from Toledo that have been around since, when was it again? Oh yeah, since 1941.
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An up-close photo of the dual motif grille


Hopefully the Z in the headlights makes production...I love small details like this:

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An up-close photo of the dual motif grille

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Hopefully the Z in the headlights makes production...I love small details like this:

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Same thing with the "Since 1969" that they put in the glass. I can't imagine stuff like that affects the cost that much.
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