A few weeks ago, Nissan launched the Fairlady Z in the Tokyo Auto Salon – aka the new Z in markets outside Japan. Alongside the production model, the automaker exhibited the Fairlady Z Customized Proto, a concept car previewing aftermarket parts that could be available for the sportscar in the future.
The latter is featured in an official video that was published by Nissan on YouTube, giving us a better look at its unique bodykit. While the video is CGI, we get to see the Fairlady Z Customized Proto in motion for the first time. It also includes close-up shots highlighting the changes over the stock model.
Besides the redesigned front bumper with the split-grille design and the pronounced splitter that comes into focus, the concept gets fender add-ons, side sill extensions with carbon-fiber accents, a slightly larger rear spoiler, and different exhaust pipes. The orange exterior with black details is inspired by the Z432R which was the only Fairlady Z sharing the S20 engine with the first-gen Skyline GT-R. The retro-flavored tuned look is complemented by the black-finished 19-inch alloy wheels shod in Dunlop tires featuring white-faced Nissan Z lettering.
When he was asked about the concept last month, Nissan’s CEO, Makoto Uchida, said: “It’s a concept with aftermarket parts installed, but its release has not been decided yet”. The positive reaction to the Fairlady Z Customized Proto might convince Nissan to give the green light. After all, the same strategy has been followed by other automakers like Toyota and BMW M for their performance-oriented models, although as Uchida has made clear, no decision about offering the aftermarket parts on the new Z has been made yet.