the Nissan Z could get a nose job, at least the Japanese version. The automaker first teased a new split grille design on a bespoke Fairlady Z prototype shown at the 2022 Tokyo Motor Show, and a report from Japanese Nostalgic Car yesterday claims the alternative front-end treatment will become a dealer-installed option scheduled for release in Japan sometime mid this year.
Depending on your opinion of the Z’s regular nose, this could be great news. At the very least, we think it gives the Z’s face more defined features compared to the current car’s gaping front opening. However, it might not matter what we Americans think, as the split grill option could be reserved for the Japanese market.
When asked to confirm reports that the alternative grille would go into production in Japan, a spokesman for Nissan’s North American team said the company has yet to announce anything. Technically, that leaves the door open for the US version of the Z to get a new nose, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
For Americans who aren’t happy with the Z’s standard grille — or those who are find its performance unsatisfactoryâ€“ not all hope is lost. Our Spy photos of a track-oriented Nismo prototype seem to promise not only a model with sharper handling, but one with some cosmetic surgery upfront.
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