The first all-new Nissan Z sports car in 13 years was launched to much fanfare earlier this year. The two-seater coupe is sleek, purposeful and contemporary. But where to from here?
If there’s one body form that is getting increasingly popular, it’s the shooting brake. And automotive renderer Sugar Design seems to think it’s a good idea to transform the Nissan Z from a coupe to a shooting brake.
Having shown us recently that a Tesla Model 3 hatch can absolutely work, they have managed to work their magic again with the Z shooting brake. The front of the car is no different to the coupe, featuring a long bonnet, squared off intake grille and teardrop-shaped LED headlights inspired by the original Z headlights. From the B pillar back however, the car takes on a completely different shape, with the coupe’s sweeping roof replaced by a wagon style rear end.
The shooting brake rear styling blends remarkably well with the original taillights from the coupe. The blacked out roof is also a feature of the coupe that has been tweaked well to suit the shooting brake body.
All in all, the idea of a Z shooting brake seems to work, and it’s perhaps something that Nissan should seriously consider.
To recap, the new Z is powered by a 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 developing 298kW (400hp) at 6,400rpm, accompanied with 475Nm (350 lb-ft) of torque from 1,600 to 5,600rpm. The VR30DDTT is the same engine found in the Infiniti Q60 Redline Coupe. It’s paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission, with a 6-speed manual also available to the delight of purists.