The 2022 Nissan Z production car is expected to launch in the coming months.

The Nissan Z Proto concept – which will form the basis for the highly-anticipated, production-bound 2022 Nissan 400Z (or just Nissan Z, according to some reports) – has been spotted driving on public roads in Tennessee, USA.

It is unclear exactly why the Nissan concept was in the south-eastern state – as US hot weather testing is generally conducted in California – however one keen-eyed fan followed the prototype all the way to a ‘cars and coffee’ event in Nashville, where it was briefly put on display behind bollards and attracted a significant crowd.

The vehicle seen in the video below was unveiled in September last year, with the production version – underpinned by a modified version of the existing 370Z’s platform – is expected to launch later in 2021.

In concept guise, power comes from a twin-turbo V6 engine, widely expected to be the 3.0-litre ‘VR30DDTT’ from the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport developing 298kW/475Nm.

Reports suggest the production Z car will retain the Infiniti’s outputs, and will pair the engine to a choice of six-speed manual or nine-speed torque-converter automatic transmissions. It is expected the production model will be offered with similar or identical performance figures to those listed above.

Last month images of the road-going car leaked online, showing the interior for the first time and demonstrating several (very) minor stylistic changes over the concept.

The full video – posted to YouTube by Byron Glover Jr (or Drive615 on YouTube and Instagram) – can be viewed below.