All eyes were set on the screen as the countdown began for the digital reveal of the much-awaited Nissan Z Proto during an exclusive gathering hosted by Nissan Brunei at its showroom in Beribi.
Invited car enthusiasts were in awe at the handsome sports car when it made its appearance on live video broadcasted globally, all the way from the Japanese automaker’s home in Yokohama city.
Prior to the reveal, guests were welcomed by the auto dealer’s PR and Marketing Communications Julia Farhanah followed by opening remarks from Nissan Brunei’s Senior Lead of Marketing Han Min Kwang, noting on Nissan Z’s heritage and its transformation as well as how exciting the future of Nissan is.
“The Z’s heritage is not only worth the wait and memorializing it, but we at Nissan is always up to more exciting creations in the upcoming future in maintaining our Nissan-ness and making our line ups even more truly fun to drive and own for life!” he said.
Each and every of the Nissan Z cars are special for many reasons, said Nissan Brunei in a statement.
Back when the Z first came to Brunei’s shores, it melded the fun-to-drive sports coupe personality to the owners with its Japanese engineered and affordability of a sports car.
“Not only Z is such a head turner to eyes on the road, but it also gave the superb-handling, great performance to the owners to create a dependable dream machine,” it said.
Back in Japan during the live introduction, Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motor Company Limited Makoto Uchida entered the Nissan Pavilion in style with the Z Proto who then came out from the seventh generation Z in an exclusive manner.
“The Z badge has special meaning to sports car lovers and also to me because my very first car was the Fairlady Z… it was love at first sight as it looked so cool and desirable. I felt the connection when driving it,” he said.
He added: “For Nissan, the Z is our DNA. The Z has always given a tangible and exciting driving. As a Z fan myself, I’m excited to announce that the next Z is coming.”
On the outside, the Z Proto has modern design with classic proportions – long nose and short deck, and a short overhang.
The two-seat coup has distinctive Z profile and roofline, teardrop-shaped LED headlights, rectangular LED taillights as well as a large, rectangular grille in front.
It is powered by a V6 twin-turbocharged engine with six-speed manual transmission, dual exhausts and custom tyres 19-inch alloy wheels.
For the inside, the Z rocks a modern sports car cockpit with bespoke yellow accents that are visible on the seats as well as stitchings on the instrument panel and topped with iconic Z triple-metre gauges on the dashboard.
While the new Z is globally known in the works, added Nissan Brunei, many sports car fans in the sultanate have been making their interest enquiring on when the next Z will be making its debut in Brunei.
One of the biggest Nissan Z groups in Brunei called “Brunei Z Owners Club Association” (BZOCA) has been around for many years and still going strong, passionately keeping their Zs flawless and dedicating their lives to their craft which does not come cheap.
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