Mar 06, 2013– Geneva, Switzerland (Techreleased) – And then there were two… Nissan’s ambitious plans for its exciting new Nismo range are showcased in Geneva with the public show debut of the new 370Z Nismo. The sportiest road-going Z car to date has been confirmed for production and will appear alongside the Juke Nismo as Nissan makes its exciting new accessible performance arm available to European buyers.
In keeping with Nismo traditions, this very special Z offers much more than a hike in power. Every modification to the design, chassis and drivetrain has been engineered with the aim of enhancing driver enjoyment, benefitting from lessons learned in motorsport.
The standard 370Z’s acclaimed six-cylinder powerplant has been modified, with power output rising from 328PS to 344PS and torque up from 363Nm to 371Nm. The result is improved responsiveness across the low and mid rev range, and a 0-62mph time of only 5.2 seconds (subject to homologation).
Available only as a coupe with a six-speed manual gearbox, the 370Z Nismo features a unique specification designed to meet the demands and tastes of European buyers. Although a version of the 370Z Nismo is already on sale in North America, the European specification model has been engineered for more challenging road conditions. As a result, it offers a sharper, more engaging drive.
Already known for its exceptional dynamics and handling characteristics, the rear- wheel drive 370Z delivers an even more thrilling experience in Nismo form. Drivers will experience thrilling acceleration and the reassurance of exceptional high-speed stability.
Enhancing braking feel is also a crucial part of the Z’s development, so Nismo engineers have adopted high rigidity brake hose and high performance brake fluid from the R35 GT-R. An exclusive Nismo dual exhaust system also enhances and amplifies the thrilling sound of the Z’s 3.7-litre V6 engine.
Like the Juke Nismo, the 370Z Nismo also displays a powerful new look that combines classic Nismo details with the bold lines of the standard model.
The front end features a more aggressive design that improves airflow under the car, leading to improved stability at higher speeds and through corners. This additional downforce is complemented by an extensively re-engineered suspension and chassis set-up, enhancing stability and dynamic handling on both road and track.
Other design enhancements include the distinctive Nismo red pinstripe lines visible at both the front and the rear and on the door mirrors. Unique dark grey Nismo superlight 19-inch forged alloy wheels with sports-derived red brake calipers and wider high performance tyres are also fitted. At the rear a smart new spoiler adds the finishing visual touch while also improving aero performance.
Inside, the already performance-oriented 370Z design is now more driver-focused than ever. The steering wheel is finished in alcantara and leather with a red race-inspired ‘top dead centre’ marker, as seen on the Juke Nismo. The sports seats are fully electric with special Nismo badging and red stitching for a premium and sporty detail. The finishing touch is a numbered Nismo plate adding exclusivity to each 370Z Nismo.
The new Nissan 370Z Nismo sets a new benchmark for the dynamic capabilities of the Z. It goes on sale in key European markets from June 2013, with full product details and prices announced nearer to the launch date.