We finally have an official date for the Z35’s debut. Nissan tweeted that it will unveil the seventh-generation Z-car in New York on August 17, 2021. This means it will likely debut as a 2022 model, matching the GT-R Proto’s timeline over a decade and a half ago.
Nissan had told us that the “Proto” moniker was meaningful in regards to the release, and the GT-R Proto debuted in 2005, two years before the GT-R proper. The Z Proto was unveiled September 2020, so a 2022 on-sale date would follow. Also, the location of New York might be significant, as the Datsun 240Z made its North American debut at the Pierre Hotel there in 1969.