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Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept Drops Jaws in Chicago

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 13th, 2015

Today doors opened at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. There’s lots to see from just about every Japanese automaker, but the first car to catch our eye is the Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept, seen below:

Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept

Nissan says that this 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept is a one-off concept study to gauge interest in a NISMO roadster. But we’re calling their bluff – this car looks way too close to production to be a “study”. This is just a coy marketing tactic from Nissan to get everyone psyched up for their new car.

Either way, the 370Z NISMO Roadster is so good looking that we don’t mind the ploy… Whatever it takes to get this thing on the road. As you can see, this is pretty much a topless 370Z NISMO coupe. It’s got that classic NISMO front fascia with blood red front spoilers and an aggressively styled grille. We love the LED running lights and red accented side sills too. And you can’t help but admire those sleek lightweight 19-inch alloys.

Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept rear

From the back, Nissan’s added a sizeable carbon fiber spoiler to keep those super lightweight alloys on the road. The rear bumper boasts slim side vents and more of the red NISMO accent above each of the chrome exhausts.

Under the hood, Nissan’s sport-tuning firm has installed the same 3.7L V6 engine that’s in the normal 370Z roadster. However, they’ve upped the output to a full 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque. They’ve also paired it with their 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which they say is the most popular option in the normal 370Z roadster. In fact, Nissan says that so many of their roadster drivers prefer the automatic that it wouldn’t make sense to offer a manual transmission, but we’ll have to wait and see what’s in the production model.

Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept profile

Either way, you’ll find a couple other goodies under the hood, including a NISMO-brand tower strut, performance-tuned springs and stabilizers in the suspension, and extra-large sport brakes to help handle the car’s massive acceleration. A limited-slip differential also helps improve on-road performance.

Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept interior

Finally, moving inside the 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept you’ll find a couple of black Recaro leather bucket seats with red accent stitching and white Ultrasuede inserts. The driver gets a three-spoke Alcantara and leather-wrapped steering wheel complete with wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and both driver and passenger will enjoy the luxurious infotainment system with a vivid 7-inch touchscreen.

In the end, Nissan, we’re happy to play your little game. We’re saying it loud and proud – give us a Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster! We want it, and so does everyone else!

Nissan’s 2014 NISMO Festival was a Blazing Success!

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Earlier this month, Nissan wrapped up their 2014 NISMO Festival, and this year’s annual event was a big one. As the 30th anniversary of Nissan’s motorsports tuning arm, the Japanese automaker spared no expense in celebrating all of the very, very fast vehicles that their firm has made.

This year’s NISMO event was held at the renowned Fuji Speedway. We’d already mentioned one piece of news that came from this event, which was that of the possible new engine options in the next-gen 370Z. But, this was such a big year for Nissan – what with their GT500 GT-R taking the Super GT Championship, and the Japanese premiere of the new production-ready Nissan GT-R – that no non-Japanese reader should be deprived of the excitement.

The fanfare kicked off with the 2014 NISMO parade (below), which is a 100-car line of dressed-up NISMOs that make a round on the track to introduce the Festival.

Then there were the usual fan-favorites, like the Nissan GT-R and 370Z NISMO drifting displays, where drivers show off the right way to take a corner.

At any festival explicitly designed for speed freaks, a race or two is to be expected, and this year’s NISMO Festival didn’t disappoint. For instance, several of Nissan’s Super GT drivers showed off test laps on the new GT500 GT-R. And nobody at the event missed the finale race – the GT-R CTE Cup, which is made up of identical GT-R R35 models all aggressively competing for first place. And for the serious motorsport fans, there was also the NISMO Grand Prix where Japanese racers brought out their GT-R and Z’s for fearsome head-to-head competition.

Even outside of the track, this year’s NISMO Festival was a truly awe-inspiring event. It’s easy for us Western readers to forget just how vast the NISMO lineup has become, since many models are exclusively available in Japan. These include

Next-Gen Nissan 370Z May Get Multiple Engines

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO

For most of this year, we’ve been wondering what would happen under the hood of the next-generation Nissan 370Z, which we’re likely to start seeing concepts for starting next year. In an interview with Australian auto-blog CarAdvice, Nissan VP Roel de Vries hinted that multiple engine options were all but guaranteed. Apparently, multiple engine options – instead of only the 370Z trademark V6 – will help with increasing global appeal:

“Can you sell a V6 in Europe? No. Does that mean the next Z will have a V6 [in that market]? No, of course we are not going to do that,” he plainly explained. “[At the same time] there’s still an audience that wants a six-cylinder engine, so why should we give it up? That’s all part of ongoing studies.”

According to the interview, we can expect that the next-gen V6 will at the very least be offered with a turbocharged four-cylinder in addition to the 3.7L V6 that currently powers all 370Z models. There is also a chance that we will see Nissan offer an entry-level Z with a naturally aspirated four-cylinder as well.

Of course, with multiple engine options, Nissan would have to rethink the Z’s nomenclature. The 370Z is named as such because of its 3.7L engine; the name denotes the displacement. Same with the 350Z before it. So, what will Nissan call a Z model with multiple engine options?

De Vries explained, “We [will] definitely keep the Z name, but when we did 350 to 370 it was because of the capacity, but who says the next-generation doesn’t have three engines and it’s not just called the Z?”

Personally, we’d love to see the Japanese market’s Fairlady nomenclature adopted internationally, but that’s probably wishful thinking. Speaking of…

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Nissan Fairlady Z NISMO

2013 Nissan 370Z Nismo

Today’s Japanese car auction find is a natural follow-up to news of the next-gen Z… A current-gen Fairlady! And as you can see, this is no normal 370Z we’re looking at but a 370Z NISMO.

2013 Nissan Fairlady Z Nismo

That means you’ll get a NISMO-tuned suspension, that huge rear spoiler you can see above, and NISMO-themed black and red trim throughout the exterior and interior (below). Those dark chrome alloys look particularly appealing, in our opinion.

2013 Nissan 370Z Nismo interior

This particular Fairlady Z NISMO is up for auction through Japan’s AucNet, so there isn’t the normal auction sheet to translate for you. Instead, you can see a detailed representation of the car’s exterior condition below. From the images above and the diagram below, it’s easy to see why this pristine find is rated at a 5.

2013 Nissan 370Z Nismo auction sheet

Nissan 370Z NISMO Makes World Debut at ZDayZ Festival

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Yesterday Nissan released previewing a brand-new NISMO debut to be unveiled today. Even though they only released a single darkened image, the context of the teaser allowed us to deduce that the new car would be a Nissan 370Z NISMO. Turns out, we were right.

Check out the 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO sports coupe below:

2015 nissan nismo 370z front

Looking at the new 370Z, you can see why Nissan would want to present it to their devoted fans attending ZDayZ… It’s like a special ‘thank you’ for all their support. And what a gorgeous coupe it is! When it goes on sale in July of this year, it’ll also be available in Solid Red, Brilliant Silver and Magnetic Black, but you can understand why they chose to make the debut with the pictured Pearl White. That classic NISMO color-scheme is so refined – it’s a perfect fit for the slew of changes coming for the 2015MY. Which, of course, begs the question as to why this is not one of the standard option color schemes.

Let’s start by reviewing the exterior changes for the new 370Z. Seeing the full image, you can really tell just how much the new NISMO’s front fascia has been changed. The grille is larger, deeper and hexagonal; the splitters and front vents have been re-sculpted; there are new LED running lights. From the rear view (below), we can see that the rear fascia has also seen significant alterations with larger C-vents, sharp red piping, and a slightly toned down rear spoiler. The 370Z NISMO also gets new 19-inch RAYS with a stylish twin-five spoke design and a gunmetal gray machine-finish.

2015 Nissan Nismo 370z rear

All these aesthetic changes do more than make the sports coupe look good, though. They also provide distinct aerodynamic benefits, with the new front and rear spoilers in particular having a measurable effect on downforce. All-around, the new NISMO version of the Fairlady Z looks a lot more like the GT-R’s little brother (or sister, as the case may be).

Moving inside the 2015 370Z NISMO (below), the enhancements continue. Chief among them are the new NISMO-styled black-and-red Recaro leather seats with Alcantara accents. Again, these suave new seats have improved functionality, allegedly developed by Recaro to “provide more uniform body pressure and better all directions holding during spirited acceleration, braking and cornering. They also play a key role in providing driving excitement by maximizing the harmony between driver and machine.” In other words, these seats can make all your problems go away.

2015 Nissan 370Z Interior

In addition to the more heavily NISMO-themed interior, there is a new 370Z NISMO Tech trim package. As the name suggests, it comes with a host of cutting-edge technologies such as the Nissan Navigation System, a 7 inch VGA touchscreen, RearView Monitor, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a booming Bose Audio System to top it off.

Unfortunately, the one thing that the 2015 370Z NISMO won’t be getting is a new engine. When the sports coupe goes on sale in a few months, it will only be available with the same admittedly-still-very-powerful 3.7L DOHC V6 with 350hp. However, you can now choose between a 6-speed manual transmission and a 7-speed automatic, and the suspension has been refined with new struts, dampers and a 4-wheel independent suspension.

2013 Nissan 370Z Nismo Revealed

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has finally unleashed specs for its NISMO-tuned 2013 Nissan 370Z. The normal version of the 370Z got a hefty 30% price reduction this year, so the newly released NISMO tune-up package will allow buyers to put those savings towards improved performance and a better driving experience. Plus, with the NISMO tune-up you can now get the 370Z in Magma Red… That’s just one of the many improvements you’ll have access to thanks to Nissan’s performance-oriented Motorsport division. Learn more below.

2013 Nissan Nismo 370Z

The Down Low on the NISMO

Let’s start with the performance side of things, shall we?

First, the engine – at 335 horsepower, the 370Z NISMO offers a 5% improvement over the 324bhp engine in the normal 370Z. You may think that a 5% improvement doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but once you consider that you’re also getting better torque and hair-trigger throttle response, things start to become more interesting. In addition, Nissan claims that the extra “oomph” will be available at lower rev-ranges, meaning you’ll get moving faster, well, faster.

But more than the engine, the real benefits are coming from an improved aero package. You’ll find that the NISMO upgrade also includes a highly tuned bodykit that dramatically improves aerodynamics and downforce. Apparently the 370Z NISMO produces the same downforce as the Nissan GT-R supercar. This is all thanks to an enormous rear diffuser with dual exhausts, a prominent rear wing, a front splitter, and nice wide side-skirts with a ride that’s a full centimeter lower to the ground.

To further improve performance, Nissan has fitted the rear-wheel-drive 2013 370Z NISMO with large 19 inch alloy wheels featuring a custom-made tire compound specifically for the upgraded model. Also assisting in the way the wheels interact with the road surfacce are improved springs with more resilient dampers, along with bigger, stylishly-painted brakes.

Once You Peek Inside…

You’ll be greeted by a beautiful interior upgrade package including custom NISMO driving seats, complete with sporty red and black trim along the steering wheel, seating and console. If nothing else, driving the upgraded 370Z will be more enjoyable thanks to a Bose 6-speaker sound system, Bluetooth compatibility, and a HomeLink Universal Transceiver. The rear-view mirror even auto-dims itself so that annoying drivers behind you can’t cause headaches with overly-bright headlights!

Hopefully by now you can see that the NISMO upgrade package is well worth the extra cash. When you consider that you’re not even losing any fuel economy with the performance enhancements (although it’s not terrific to begin with), there is no reason not to put that 30% savings towards the NISMO upgrade when the new Nissan 370Z finally goes on sale this summer.

Sources: Autocar, Leftlane News