||'A' for effort, just to even take on such a contrarian project at a time when Nissan arguably should be looking at an exit plan. To get this project past a 2nd look must have taken some serious clout.
As far as Nissan designs go, I think every car they've ever made, with exceptions I can count on one hand, have been butt ugly, or at least uninspired. As a small child, I could recognize each Z (240, 260, 280, 300) immediately by their individual differences, and clearly the Z32 was a departure. They could have called it something else, but it is still an amazingly beautiful car.
The proto Z reaches back to the original Z lineage while keeping the Z33 and Z34 styling cues. I don't see anything other than drivetrain that makes me think "Z32." The interior reminds me of the Z31. Will a voice tell you when a door is open that door is open? Now that would be homage, lol.
I think performance numbers will be disappointing. A rear-drive manual will never have comparable numbers to an all-wheel electronic twin clutch. Does anyone under 30 even know how to drive a car with three pedals anymore? My kids think riding in the "race car" is fun, but when they say "fun," it sounds more like "quaint." Sorta like riding a horse is fun, but they're not great on the freeway.
I hope the new Z kills. It would be great to see a resurgence in sports cars for sporting's sake. But I would never bet money on Nissan.