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2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo

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Earlier this year ,Nissan announced the 370Z Nismo Euro-Spec , and today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, the company announced the U.S. version of the same model. The 2014 model continues with the same V-6 engine, but it adds distinctive new exterior and interior accents, plus refined suspension.

When compared to a standard 370Z, the Nismo version is 6.2 inches longer and adds a more aggressive look. Exterior features include an extended front nose design and a fully integrated chin spoiler, while the interior gains sports seats, steering wheel with Alcantara wrap and much more.

For the 2014 model year, most changes are limited to the addition of a new dark gray on numerous parts of the body, plus a new Solid Red replacing the previous Magma Red.

The 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo will go on sale this summer.

UPDATE 4/30/2013: Nissan has released 17 new images of the upcoming 2014 370Z Nismo, including a few of the previously unseen interior. You can see the images in the gallery.

UPDATE 7/26/2013: Nissan has revealed the base pricing for the 2014 370Z Nismo. It will come in at the same price it did in 2013: $43,020.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo.

Exterior

Nissan 370Z Nismo

Distinguishing the new 2014 370Z Nismo from the rest of the 370Z models will be pretty easy. The model receives an extended front nose design and a fully integrated chin spoiler. Nismo also adds new side sills, a unique rear bumper, plus a functional rear bumper that helps increase the downforce.

Customers can choose between four exterior colors: Pearl White, Magnetic Black, Gun Metallic and Solid Red - replacing the old Magma Red. Each color will be combined with contracting dark gray coloring on the front and rear fascias, lower side sills, side mirrors and Nismo rear spoiler.

Interior

Nissan 370Z Nismo

For the interior, Nissan added sports seats wrapped in black and red fabric with red contrasting stitching, a new NISMO tachometer specially added for the 2014 model year, steering wheel with Alcantara wrap and red parallel stitching, smooth leather-wrapped shift knob and aluminum-trimmed pedals. Also, each unit will receive a serialized plaque of authenticity, located on the vertical panel above the floor-mounted console.

Standard features:

  • 8-way driver’s/4-way passenger manual adjustments
  • Adjustable front seat Active Head Restraints
  • Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Start
  • Power windows with one-touch auto up/down feature
  • Power door locks with auto-lock feature
  • Automatic climate control
  • AM/FM/CD/AUX 4-speaker audio system

Available features:

  • Bose Package featuring an in-dash 6-CD changer, two additional speakers (six total), two subwoofers, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, auto-dimming inside mirror and HomeLink Universal Transceiver.

Drivetrain

Nissan 370Z Nismo

Under the hood, the 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo offers a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers a total of 350 horsepower and a peak torque of 276 pound-feet of torque. The model also receives an exclusive H-configured exhaust system design and muffler tuning, along with optimized ECM (Engine Control Module) calibration. Both these features help improve engine power and acceleration.

The engine is mated to a close-ratio six-speed manual with Nissan’s SynchroRev Match rev-matching system that automatically controls and adjusts engine speed. If you don’t like it, you can simply deactivate this system just by pressing a button next to the shifter.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine3.7-liter V-6
Engine Output350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque
TransmissionSix-speed manual
Acceleration (0-60)5 seconds (Est.)
Top Speed155 mph

Suspension and brakes

Nissan 370Z Nismo

The 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo is offered with high-performance suspension in a double-wishbone front and 4-link rear design. Nissan tuned it for exceptional handling, including higher spring, stabilizer bar rates and increased roll stiffness.

The model sits on a set of 19-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels in a unique five-spoke design and finished in Gun Metallic. The wheels are wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza S001 Y-rated high-performance tires sized 245/40ZR19 up front and 285/35ZR19 on the rear.

Nismo also installed sport brakes with large diameter 14.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear vented rotors with four-piston front calipers and two-piston rear aluminum calipers.

Suspension and Braking Specifications

Front SuspensionDouble-wishbone
Rear SuspensionFour-link
Wheels19-inch forged-aluminum
Tires245/40ZR19 (front) 285/35ZR19 (rear)
Brake Rotors14-inch (front) 13.8-inch (rear)

Prices

The 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo starts at a base price of $43,020, plus a $790 delivery fee.

Competition

Because of its increased performance figures, the competition list for the Nissan 370Z Nismo is a little bit different than that of a standard 370Z.

Audi TTS

Audi TTS

Yes, we know the Audi TTS is powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI engine that only delivers 265 horsepower, but its price - $47,350 - already makes it a little more expensive than the Nismo model (considering the current model is priced at $41,660).

Despite this pretty big price difference, both models deliver about the same performance numbers: a sprint time from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds and a top speed limited to 155 mph.

BMW 135i Coupe

BMW 1 Series

The BMW model is powered by a 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with TwinPower Turbo technology and an output of 300 horsepower. Yes, we know is still a little bit less than the Nismo version, but at least the 135i is a little bit cheaper: $39,300.

However, despite being a little bit more expensive, the 370Z Nismo is our favorite. It looks like a sports car - the BMW model lacks that look.

Conclusion

Nissan 370Z Nismo

The Nismo version of the Nissan 370Z is, of course, the most impressive Z model out there. Still, for the 2014 model year we would have appreciated a few more updates under the hood, but when taking a look of its competitors we have to agree it still stands pretty well.

LOVE IT
  • Improved exterior look
  • High-performance suspension system
  • New options
LEAVE IT
  • No engine upgrades

Press Release

Nissan 370Z Nismo

In conjunction with the U.S. debut of the new 2013 Nissan JUKE NISMO – and the ongoing expansion of the NISMO brand worldwide – Nissan is giving attendees at the Chicago Auto Show a preview of the 2014 370Z NISMO. Set to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide this summer, the 370Z NISMO follows the new NISMO design theme with distinctive new exterior and interior accents.

Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product and Advanced Planning and Strategy, Nissan Americas said: "The 370Z NISMO, since its introduction as part of the original Nissan 350Z lineup, has embodied the spirit of NISMO – race-proven engineering that is attainable. With the enhancements for the 2014 model year and the addition of the new JUKE NISMO, we’re unifying the look and feel of these distinctive NISMO models and paving the way for additional NISMO vehicles to follow."

With the current 370Z NISMO setting the bar as a tuner-Z® enthusiast’s dream straight from the factory and fully warranted – offering 350 horsepower, racing-inspired exterior and interior styling, a specially tuned suspension and unique super-lightweight forged alloy wheels – the enhancements for 2014 are designed to up the car’s already strong visual impact. On the exterior, new dark gray coloring is added to the front and rear fascias, lower side sills, side mirrors and NISMO rear spoiler, with each element (except side sills) featuring NISMO-style red pinstripe accents. In addition, Solid Red replaces the previous Magma Red as one of four 370Z NISMO exterior color choices. Interior enhancements include the addition of a new steering wheel with Alcantara appointments and red accents, and a red NISMO tachometer.

Nissan 370Z Nismo

The 370Z NISMO’s outstanding performance is anchored by an advanced Nissan FM (Front Midship) platform, refined 4-wheel independent suspension and 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL) rated at 350 hp @ 7,400 rpm and 276 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm. The VVEL system helps optimize intake valve open/close movements, allowing the needed air to be sent promptly to the combustion chamber at the precisely optimized time. The 370Z NISMO’s enhanced engine power and acceleration (versus non-NISMO 370Zs) is provided through use of an exclusive H-configured exhaust system design and muffler tuning, along with optimized ECM (Engine Control Module) calibration.

Just one transmission is offered, a close-ratio 6-speed manual with Nissan’s SynchroRev Match® synchronized downshift rev matching system. The SynchroRev Match® function automatically controls and adjusts engine speed when shifting to the speed of the next gear position, essentially "blipping" the throttle to smooth out any up/down shifts. This not only allows the driver to focus more on braking and steering, it improves the smoothness of gear shifts by reducing the typical "shock" when the clutch is engaged. The system can be deactivated with a button next to the shifter for drivers who prefer to shift on their own.

The 370Z NISMO also features a tight, rigid body structure with a strut tower bar brace and a pair of performance dampers, which quickly and efficiently react to help control body vibrations from road input via the tires, contributing to the 370Z NISMO’s outstanding handling and performance feel. The 370Z NISMO’s double-wishbone front/4-link rear suspension design suspension is specially tuned for exceptional handling, including higher spring and stabilizer bar rates and increased roll stiffness and front and rear damping factors (compared to non-NISMO models).

The 2014 370Z NISMO rides on unique 5-spoke Nissan-branded 19-inch RAYS forged aluminum-alloy wheels (19x9.5-inch front, 19x10.5-inch rear) with a Gun Metallic finish. The wheels are mounted with Bridgestone Potenza S001 Y-rated high-performance tires (245/40ZR19 front, 285/35ZR19 rear). Braking is provided by NISMO Sport Brakes with large diameter 14.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear vented rotors with 4-piston front and 2-­piston rear aluminum calipers.

Nissan 370Z Nismo

The braking system includes a variable ratio brake pedal, high-rigidity brake hoses, R35 Special II fluid and red-finish calipers.

Along with the new color treatments, the 2014 370Z NISMO exterior includes an extended front nose design and a fully integrated chin spoiler – providing a sense of dynamic movement while enhancing airflow and downforce for enhanced aerodynamic performance. The 370Z NISMO is 6.2 inches longer than the standard 370Z Coupe. Special side sills and a unique rear bumper help control airflow under the vehicle, while the functional rear spoiler increases downforce. Four exterior colors are offered: Pearl White, Magnetic Black, Gun Metallic and Solid Red.

Inside, the 370Z NISMO’s driver-centric interior includes NISMO logo seats with black and red fabric and red stitching, a NISMO tachometer, steering wheel with Alcantara wrap and red parallel stitching, smooth leather-wrapped shift knob and aluminum-trimmed pedals. A special serialized plaque of authenticity, located on the vertical panel above the floor-mounted console, is matched to each 370Z NISMO identifying its unique serial and model year designation.

The sporty woven cloth seats feature standard 8-way driver’s/4-way passenger manual adjustments and adjustable front seat Active Head Restraints. Standard interior comfort and convenience features include Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start, power windows with one-touch auto up/down feature, power door locks with auto-lock feature and automatic climate control. An AM/FM/CD/AUX 4-speaker audio system is standard. Also available is a Bose® Package featuring an in-dash 6CD changer, two additional speakers (six total), two subwoofers, Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System, auto-dimming inside mirror and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver. There are no other options offered.

Said Loing: "The great thing about the 370Z NISMO, like the JUKE NISMO, is that there is solid functionality behind every element – race-inspired but ready for the street – and with pure NISMO style."

Along with the 370Z NISMO, the Nissan 370Z is available in 370Z Coupe and 370Z Roadster models (please see NissanNews.com for full information).



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