Nissan plans to introduce more Nismo (Nissan Motorsport) models to the US market in the coming year. At the Chicago Auto Show Nissan unveiled the 370Z Nismo, which receives both performance, and cosmetic upgrades worthy of the Nismo name.
The 370Z Nismo is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 producing 350 horsepower, and 276 lb-ft. Though performance figures have not yet been released for the 2013 370Z Nismo, expect it to reach 60 mph in around 4.5 seconds. Unlike its cousin, the GTR, the 370Z Nismo is offered with a six-speed manual transmission. The manual utilizes Nissan’s “SyncroRev” matching system that helps the driver to match engine speed with the correct gear. The system automatically blips the throttle on downshifts.
In order to help the 370Z perform better in the corners, Nissan has installed stiffer dampers, a strut tower brace to improve body control, and 285/35R19 rear tires. Four piston break calipers have also been added in addition to ventilated disc breaks.
As in years past, Nismo has added front rear and side body panels to improve aerodynamics. A new rear spoiler, rear diffuser, and front fascia work in combination to increase downforce and to improve airflow.
Cosmetically, the Nissan 370Z Nismo receives red pin striping, and 19” alloy wheels. The interior receives red accent stitching, an Alcantara steering wheel, and Nismo inspired red gauges.
The Nissan 370Z Nismo will go on sale this summer, with more Nismo models coming within the year.