• 370Z Nismo: host of design updates
WHAT A HOTTIE! Nissan has unveiled its new 370Z Nismo due for launch later in 2014. Image: Nissan
• New features for GT-R Nismo flagship
• New seats, equipment for all 370Z range
• On sale in Europe from September 2014
Nissan has strengthened its Nismo road-car range with the release of a comprehensively updated 370Z Nismo, hot in the tyre-tracks of the flagship GT-R Nismo.
The new 370Z has a number of design and engineering improvements and, the automaker says, “is the sportiest and most focused 370Z to date”.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo
Nissan Japan adds: “In keeping with all Nissan Nismo models, the new 370Z Nismo encapsulates the essence of performance motoring, placing the driver at the heart of the action after harnessing 30 years of Nismo spirit and engineering knowledge.
“The 370Z has been extensively reworked to deliver a sharper and more engaging driving experience.”
DESIGN CHANGES, NEW AERO PACKAGE
The automaker claims the 370Z Nismo has always been a head-turner; with the introduction of a bolder, more powerful, look it has even greater kerb appeal. The front bumper has been redesigned, the air intake is larger, there are more air inlets ahead of the wheel arches and new LED daytime running lights shine brightly.
Other goodies include black headlight bezels, special red Nismo trim at the bumper base and new side sill, door mirror and special Nismo badging. There are also new 19" alloy rims finished in black and silver.
At the rear, there are new bumper and spoiler designs and a smaller rear spoiler that works in tandem with the new front bumper to create significantly more downforce at speed.
Nissan says it knows Nismo drivers have a passion for performance driving. To meet the demands of those who like to fully exploit the car's performance and chassis, it has new Recaro seats that offer significant improvements to support and comfort.
By adopting a new shell-based construction instead of the traditional tubular frame Nissan has been able to improve rigidity and reduce weight. The seats are trimmed in red and black leather and Alcantara to match the steering wheel.
The new 370Z Nismo is powered by a 253kW, 3.7-litre six-cylinder engine and sprints to100km/h in 5.2sec. Breathing through to a Nismo dual-exhaust system, it delivers the perfect sporting soundtrack.
The car is available only as a coupe with a six-speed manual gearbox though it has a number of suspension enhancements introduced as part of the 2015 model-year update. To improve ride comfort, the rear spring and damper rates have been altered, while changes to the carpets and inner rear wheel arch protector have further reduced road noise, says Nissan.
370Z RANGE ENHANCEMENTS
In addition to introducing a significant update package to the flagship Nismo model, Nissan says it has also made a raft of design and engineering improvements to the rest of the 370Z range.
Details for the 2015 models include 18" rims, new seats and a revised suspension set-up that delivers improved ride quality and cuts cabin noise. Introduced across the range (including Nismo), the changes include revised rear spring and shock rates, a new inner wheel arch and carpets.
The automaker claims the 370Z retains all the features that have helped it tobecome one of the strongest contenders in its sector. Under the bonnet there's 241kW 3.7-litre V6 engine that drives the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or a seven-speed auto transmission.
The 370Z also remains the only car in the sector to offer Syncro Rev Control - the world's first fully synchronised down/up shift rev control system.
Individual prices and specifications will be announced closer to the launch later in 2014.