The Nissan Z might get a nose job, at least the Japanese version. The automaker first teased the new split grille design on a custom Fairlady Z prototype shown at the 2022 Tokyo auto show, and a report yesterday by Japanese Nostalgic Car claims the alternative front end treatment is set to become a dealer-fitted option. in Japan in the middle of this year.
Depending on what you think of Z’s normal nose, this could be great news. At the very least, we think it gives the Z’s face a more defined character than the current car’s gaping front orifice. However, it may not matter what we Americans think, as the split grill option could be reserved for the Japanese market.
When asked to confirm reports that an alternative grille will enter production in Japan, a spokesperson for Nissan’s North American team said the company has yet to announce anything. Technically, this opens the door for the US version of the Z to receive a new nose, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
For Americans unhappy with the Z’s standard grille—or those who find it lacking in performance—all hope is not lost. Our spy photos of the track-focused Nismo prototype not only promise a sharper-handling model, but also some cosmetic surgery up front.
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