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Unfortunately we have to wait till an official Nissan announcement. These writers just want attention like all other fake media reporters.
 

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Unfortunately we have to wait till an official Nissan announcement. These writers just want attention like all other fake media reporters.
They sure are milking the proto for all its worth. It reminds me of when Toyota took the FT-1 Supra concept around.
LUCKY for us, the Z Proto is far closer to a production model than that FT-1 was, so there's less to change in the final version.
 

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Even if there’s less to change I feel they’ll have to make an announcement on the final, price, and date before mass production. Maybe they just go full throttle and go for broke. IMO if the final design ends up being anything less than what’s shown I’ll be upset. Don’t advertise and sell short like the BBK for a big example.
 

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Even if there’s less to change I feel they’ll have to make an announcement on the final, price, and date before mass production. Maybe they just go full throttle and go for broke. IMO if the final design ends up being anything less than what’s shown I’ll be upset. Don’t advertise and sell short like the BBK for a big example.
My hope is that the changes Nissan will make from prototype to production, are much like what Lexus did with the LC500.
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My hope is that the changes Nissan will make from prototype to production, are much like what Lexus did with the LC500.
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Totally possible that they'll make minor adjustments to the car, visually, but I wouldn't expect the changes to be at all dramatic. Many of the changes made to the LF-LC concept were to update elements that simply weren't production-plausible (light clusters, interior design) and the Z Proto doesn't seemingly have to change anything, with respect to that. The car does not appear to have any truly flagrant "non-production-worthy" design elements to it (although it may need some kind of side marker lighting to meet roadworthiness standards).
 

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Totally possible that they'll make minor adjustments to the car, visually, but I wouldn't expect the changes to be at all dramatic. Many of the changes made to the LF-LC concept were to update elements that simply weren't production-plausible (light clusters, interior design) and the Z Proto doesn't seemingly have to change anything, with respect to that. The car does not appear to have any truly flagrant "non-production-worthy" design elements to it (although it may need some kind of side marker lighting to meet roadworthiness standards).
I hope we get the Z Proto door handles. It seems like production worthy design to me.
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Oh, yeah, the handles need to stay. Much, much more elegant design than what both Z33 and Z34 have gone with.

I'm also going to amend my comment about side marker lighting - based upon what is visible in the profile, I think that they actually may have enough from the rear LEDs to satisfy that particular NHTSA standard but I am not sure about the front since the regulation stipulates that the lighting be "amber" and I don't see that element in the front lighting cluster (maybe it's subtle and I'm missing it).

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Good point @kbl911.
I can definitely see how Nissan can work in the turn signal to both the current headlight and taillight setup.
Even the headlight has DRLs in them already for markets that need it.
 

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Yeah, they definitely took a lot into consideration with the lighting, from a regulatory standpoint. A good sign that this is extremely close to production. I thought it was interesting to see that the front turn signal was created by the upper element of the front LEDs turning/flashing amber, versus having a separate light. Love design details that increase simplicity 👍
 

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I'm hoping something newsworthy will be revealed come Dec 10 on Inside Track...

"The next episode of Inside Track, Road & Track's virtual Q&A series, is coming soon, and we're excited to announce that the guest for Episode 7 is Nissan's senior vice-president of global design, Alfonso Albaisa. It's all happening on Thursday, December 10, at 6:00 p.m. ET."

Added to my calendar. I hope some new info gets shared.
 

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I don’t know about this guy. He’s hard to listen to. I’m sure he will dodge all the direct questions. Ready for something though.
 

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Enough about design, just know that more aero is needed for tracking. We need the mechanical bits revealed. Designer prob doesn’t know much about performance. Need inputs from the likes of Bob Sharp, John Morton, Chris Fosberg to handle the performance side of it.

Still hoping on that Dec 10 chat, nothing else in the woodworks.
 

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Reminder, tomorrow, hope we get 'real' news we haven't heard yet!

"The next episode of Inside Track, Road & Track's virtual Q&A series, is coming soon, and we're excited to announce that the guest for Episode 7 is Nissan's senior vice-president of global design, Alfonso Albaisa. It's all happening on Thursday, December 10, at 6:00 p.m. ET."
 
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Reminder, tomorrow, hope we get 'real' news we haven't heard yet!

"The next episode of Inside Track, Road & Track's virtual Q&A series, is coming soon, and we're excited to announce that the guest for Episode 7 is Nissan's senior vice-president of global design, Alfonso Albaisa. It's all happening on Thursday, December 10, at 6:00 p.m. ET."
It could just be a puff piece or something with actual value.

IMO, we heard enough about design. Nissan should talk about what performance will be like. I know I can't be the only one dying for that info.
 

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Yeah I seriously doubt there's any revealing substantive info in this Q&A. It will probably be softball questions about the design that allows Alfonso to elaborate on inspiration and such.
 
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