Meet The 370Z Nismo...

BY Azfar Hashim

New 370Z Nismo features a host of design and engineering updates, including improved refinement, seating and equipment levels

Nissan has strengthened its Nismo road car range with the release of a comprehensively updated 370Z Nismo. Following hot in the tracks of the flagship GT-R Nismo, the new 370Z incorporates a host of design and engineering improvements and is the sportiest and most focused 370Z to date.

The front bumper has been completely redesigned and features a larger air intake, additional air inlets ahead of the wheel arch and new LED daytime running lights. Other updates include the introduction of black headlamp bezels, special red Nismo trim at the base of the bumper, redesigned side sill and door mirror and special Nismo badging. The revised 370Z Nismo also features new 19-inch Rays alloy wheels finished in black and silver.

At the rear, Nissan has introduced a new bumper and spoiler design. As part of a complete rework of the 370Z Nismo's aero package, the new version features a smaller rear spoiler that works in tandem with the new front bumper to create significantly more downforce when driving at speed. What's more, the force is now more evenly distributed over the front and rear axles, giving a more balanced feeling on the road. Nissan's calculations confirm that the new aerodynamic system introduced on the 370Z Nismo gives it more downforce than any of its segment rivals. Not forgetting the revised rear spring and damper rates.

To meet the demands of owners who like to fully exploit the 370Z performance and chassis, the new model features new Recaro seats that offer significant improvements in support and comfort. Based on the acclaimed Recaro Sportster, the new seats have been tailored specifically for use in the 370Z Nismo and feature a host of detail changes to deliver maximum support for drivers.

Every aspect of the seat and its position within the car has been analysed by Nissan to create the perfect driving position. By adopting a new shell-based construction in preference over a traditional tubular frame seat, Nissan has also been able to improve rigidity and reduce weight at the same time. To complete the interior makeover, the seats are trimmed in red and black leather and Alcantara to match the steering wheel.

The new 370Z Nismo is powered by a 339 hp, 3.7-litre six-cylinder engine that delivers a raw and unforgettable driving experience. With exceptional torque at low revs and a broad power band, the 370Z NISMO can sprint from 0-100kph in just 5.2 seconds. Breathing through a Nismo dual exhaust system, the 370Z Nismo also delivers the perfect sporting soundtrack. It is available only with a six-speed manual gearbox.