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Nissan 370Z Nismo (2014) gets new look and aero

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

By Phil McNamara

First Official Pictures

26 August 2014 13:23

Nissan is revamping its 370Z range, with the spotlight on a revised flagship coupe fettled by Nissan Motorsport – or Nismo as it’s better known. Due in late 2014, the 370Z Nismo gets a new aero kit, claimed to boost downforce ‘significantly’ at speed. Out goes the 2013 Nismo’s lairy rear wing for a more subtle, 911 2.7 RS-esque ducktail affair, which works in tandem with the new front splitter to evenly split more downforce over the front and rear axles. Other features that mark out the 2015 model year Nismo are the LED daytime running lights, red detailing on the front undertray, black headlamp bezels and redesigned door mirrors and side sills.

…In a word, no. The 370Z Nismo runs the same 3.7-litre V6 as its predecessor, with the same results: 339bhp peak power and 0-62mph in 5.2secs. Expect to pay a similar price to the outgoing model, which currently costs £37,015. You’ll also get new Recaro seats, 19-inch Rays alloys in black and silver, and a compulsory fixed-head roof and six-speed manual box sending power to the rear wheels.

Both the Nismo and the regular coupe and roadster will benefit from tweaks to enhance refinement. The rear spring and damper rates have been altered to boost ride comfort, while a new carpet and inner rear wheelarch protector should dial out some of the harsh road noise that afflicts 370Zs. The standard, 323bhp V6 cars get 18-inch wheels finished in Gun metallic and more comfortable and supportive seats.

By Phil McNamara