The Gumball 3000 Rally is an event that brings some pretty interesting project cars out of the woodwork. This year, we’re already seeing a whole lot of them with the latest one coming from Nissan and French publishing house L’Ecurie and INTERSECTION Magazine.
The two will actually be part of the pan-European parade and for this trip, they decided to deck out a unique Nissan 370Z Nismo. In what could very well be an attempt to showcase the 370Z Nismo on the streets of Europe, the Japanese automaker and the French publication house entered the 370Z Nismo as "Car 56" for the parade as an ode to the garage number (56) the Nissan DeltaWing occupied at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
As far as aesthetics go, INTERSECTION Magazine gave it a pretty unique camouflage livery that it designed specifically for the event. That livery and all the added goodies Nismo added to the Z ensures that this special-edition model is different from the rest of the 370Zs out there.
Best watch out for this unique iteration of the Japanese sports car at the 2013 Gumball 3000 rally. It will be piloted by INTERSECTION Magazine contributors Patrice Meignan and Jeremy ‘Jey’ Taltaud.
Click past the jump to read about the Nissan 370Z Nismo
Do you remember that about a year ago Nissan asked you to help you design their Project 370Z? For those of you who do not remember Project 370Z is a project car based on the Nissan 370Z sports coupe, of course, that delivers an amazing 500 horsepower – a huge bump from the standard 332 horsepower on a stock 370Z), and features updates like a GReddy twin-turbo kit with Type RZ blow off valves and a GReddy Turbo Ti-C Exhaust.
The car also received new VOLK TE37SL custom-finished wheels and an interior dress-up that’s comprised of Recaro seats and plenty of suede.
Now Nissan is inviting you to find the perfect challenge for this impressive 370Z Project. Nissan is inviting social media followers to vote for a privately owned Nissan Z to compete against this project car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in mid-March.
So, all of you Z tuners can now hop online, head over to Nissan Performance’s Facebook page and show Nissan what your Z Car has. Check out the above video for all of the details.
The Nismo version of the new-generation Nissan Z was initially announced back in 2009 and has undergone no major updates since. Today, however, Nissan Europe announced that an updated version of the370Z Nismo will go on sale later in the summer, making it a 2013 model year.
Under the hood the car keeps the usual 3.7-liter V-6 engine, but output has been increased from the previous 328 horsepower up to 344 horsepower, while peak torque goes from 267 to 273 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and will sprint the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.2 seconds — 0.1 seconds faster than the previous year.
The exterior also receives a series of updates, including a bigger diffuser with integrated twin exhausts, wider side skirts, fixed rear wing and a new front splitter. The 370Z Nismo sits on a new set of 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza tires sized 245/40R19 front and 285/35R19 rear.
The interior has also been updated with a new black and red trim, new Nismo sport seats and a new steering wheels wrapped in Alcantara.
There is no confirmation yet, but we assume that this is a nice preview for the 2014 U.S.-Spec 370Z Nismo.
Supercars are our bread and butter. They are not only super-fast, but they also look amazing and are very rare. With all of those awesome features also comes a super price. This means that the normal person that reads about them can’t pull off the kind of financial gymnastics to afford one.
For these people (us included), we have a special list of sports cars that you can typically find for $9,999 or less, making them an obtainable goal. This may require dipping back a few years, but you’ll still get yourself a nice car that is both quick and agile. Sure, it may not have fancy leather, a killer stereo system, navigation, Bluetooth, or any other modern features, but you will get yourself a true sports car.
There are literally thousands of cars we can choose from in this group, so we have to make some tough decisions on who gets in and who’s left out.
Click past the jump to read our complete list and see where we rank each car.
Recently, Auto Express had a sit-down with Andy Palmer, Nissan’s executive vice president of product planning, and he let us all in on what’s coming up for the Nissan lineup. In the interview, Palmer confirmed that the Nismo Leaf would make it to production with numbers expected to be in the 125-horsepower and 320 Nm (236 foot-pound) range. That’s nothing spectacular, but it is a significant bump from the standard specs.
Palmer also confirmed that the 370Z Nismo would make its way to the UK, which we already get here in the U.S. He also let us know that the GT-R would receive the Nismo treatment sometime in late-2013.
The biggest news comes in the form of the announced Nismo RS models. We already know that the Juke-R is heading to production, but it will almost certainly carry with it a $100,000+ price tag. Buyers can opt for a lower—powered Juke Nismo RS and still get good performance, without the huge price tag. This model will likely push 270 horsepower from its boosted 1.6-liter 4-pot.
The biggest of the big news is Palmer’s announcement that the 370Z and GT-R will both get an RS configuration in their next generations. We have no idea what to expect from these models and we likely won’t know until their respective base models arrive in 2014. The 370Z has a very high ceiling, as little has been done to make it perform on a higher level, but how exactly Nissan plans to add to the 545 horsepower that the GT-R already pumps from its 3.8-liter V-6 engine just baffles and excites us.
We will keep a close eye on the entire Nissan RS lineup and keep you updated as these models inch closer to production.
Months have come and gone since we first heard about Nissan’s Project 370Z. If you recall, the Project 370Z was born after Nissan decided to reach out to its Facebook fans and ask them how they would like to bring some more spice to the already sizzling sports coupe.
At that time, Nissan VP of marketing in North America, Jon Brancheau was even quoted saying: "Together we’ll create a vehicle that expands on the already outstanding performance and style of the Nissan 370Z with a balance of street and track ready modification".
After all the suggestions were read, the Japanese automaker decided to build the car themselves, and so ensued three months of waiting for this day to come.
Finally, the Nissan Project 370Z has arrived.
As expected, the sports coupe doesn’t lack in new digs. We already caught wind of the performance enhancements given to its 3.7-liter VQ37VHR engine as part of the Stage 1 build - a Greddy Twin Turbo kit, a Greddy Ti-C catback exhaust, KW Variant 3 coil-over suspension and StopTech Big Brake kit - and we were extremely impressed to find out that Nissan managed to improve the output from the standard 332 horsepower all the way up to 500 horsepower.
With the engine mods already done, Nissan then went about giving the sports coupe a number of aesthetic tweaks as part of its Stage2 build. These include dressing up the sports car’s body in a matte gunmetal gray - "metalloid", as they’re calling it - vinyl wrap while also adding in a new set of lightweight Volk TE37SL wheels, and an interior dress-up that comprises Recaro seats and plenty of suede.
About the only downside to this whole project is that the car isn’t expected to go on sale. Nissan hasn’t mentioned where it’ll end up, but it looks like dealerships are out of the question.
UPDATE 08/08/12: Nissan has decided to update us with new information of the completed Project 370Z, including a new video showing the car taking on the The Tail of the Dragon during the 2012 ZDaZ festival last May. Check out the video by clicking on the photo above!
When Nissan last updated us with their Project 370Z last month, they were still in the process of building the car’s powertrain, which, incidentally, was chosen by the fans.
Ever the quintessential power junkies, the fans wanted the car to have more power, so Nissan obliged by fitting in a Greddy twin turbo kit that increased the total output of the custom 370Z to an impressive 500 horsepower. To accommodate the increased output, Nissan also added a Greedy Ti-C catback exhaust system, a KW suspension kit, and a stop-tech big brake kit.
Moving on to Stage Two of Project 370Z, Nissan went about the interior design of the car, as well as putting it up on the dyno for some much-needed testing. Project 370Z mechanic Steve Lam can be seen on the video discussing the process involved in putting the 370Z up on the dyno, as well as the decisions made on the design of the sports car’s interior.
If you’ve been following this series, it’s a must-watch video. If you’re catching up, you can check out part one of the video series after the jump and work your way up to part two.
Back in February, Nissan announced it needed the help of fans everywhere to design and build the coolest 370Z ever. Called the "Nissan Project 370z," this project was an extremely successful marketing ploy as it caught the attention of many.
After almost two months, Nissan has announced that Stage One of the project is now complete. In this stage, fans were able to choose the powertrain, turbo kit, exhaust, suspension, and brake setup for the Nissan 370Z. Stage Two is next and it will be all about the car’s design.
The results of Stage One were not surprising; fans want more power! With that in mind, Nissan added a Greddy twin turbo kit that increased the total output to an impressive 500 HP. In order to support the extra power, the new 370Z was equipped with a Greedy Ti-C catback exhaust system. Next, the car was equipped with a KW suspension kit and a stop-tech big brake kit.
That’s pretty much all the work done for right now, but more will follow, so stay tuned!
Back in the 1990s, Nissan was knees deep in sports cars. These sports cars began with the Sentra SE-R, then moved to the mid-range 240SX, and at the top end was the 300ZX. Even after the Sentra SE-R was eliminated in 1995, the 200SX SE-R, which was little more than a restyled Sentra, came into existence.
In the late 1990s, this all went away, as the 300ZX disappeared after 1996, and the 200SX and 240SX vanished in 1999. The Z-car was resurrected with the 350Z, then the 370Z, but the SX lineup has since remained dormant. Now with Subaru and Toyota teaming up to bring a new mid-level sports car to the marketplace, Nissan has again begun talks of releasing its own mid-level sports car.
According to Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald, Nissan’s head of design said "It is the time to look at that [smaller engines]. With 370Z, we still don’t know next generation will have a larger or smaller engine." The chances of a Z-car with a lower engine size are rather doubtful, given that it has always increased in size throughout its entire lifespan. Plus you have to add in that the Z-car crowd is a tight-knit group that will likely not take change too well.
Those points all lead to Nissan possibly creating an all-new mid-level sports car, maybe even bearing the “SX” nameplate. A good possibility could be a 250SX bearing the same – or maybe better version of – the 200-horsepower, 2.5-liter engine found in the 2012 Sentra SE-R. This could also spawn a base level 200SX that has the 140-horsepower engine that you can find in the base 2012 Sentra, maybe with a few upgrades to punch up the power a bit.
Given the fact that the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT 86 are not speed demons, Nissan would need to worry more about it looking and handling well, as opposed to making it a screamer. As of now, this is purely speculation, but it damn sure would be a cool thing to see!
Image is of the 2011 Nissan Esflow Concept which is said to preview the future sports car.
Now that the facelift version of the 370Z sports car is out, Nissan has a new task for you: the company needs your help to create the coolest 370Z ever. All you have to do is go on Facebook and tell Nissan how would you update the coupe.
The first task is to choose the engine to be placed under the hood: should it be naturally aspirated like the NISMO race cars, supercharged or twin turbo? "We’ve got three different ways to go on the engine build so let us know which route to take and why you’d want it for this Z car."
"Together we’ll create a vehicle that expands on the already outstanding performance and style of the Nissan 370Z with a balance of street and track ready modification," said Jon Brancheau, vice president of Nissan Marketing North America.
As we previously reported, Nissan will be bringing a facelift version of their 370Z sports car to the 2012 Chicago Auto Show and since the show is only a few hours away, the first details of the vehicle have been released. The new 370Z will be offered in Coupe, Roadster, and NISMO Z configurations and will go on sale in June 2012.
Updates for the refreshed 370Z include a revised front fascia with vertical LED daytime running lights, the addition of a red reflector to the rear fascia, revised 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and a new set of 18" wheels for the Coupe version. The models equipped with the Sport Package will receive red-finished brake calipers and Euro-tuned shock absorbers. Nissan will also offer two new exterior colors – Magma Red and Midnight Blue - and will combine them with a dark-finish fuel gauge trim.
The list of standard equipment will include a new Bose Premium Audio Package with two additional speakers and two subwoofers, premium gun metallic dark-finish 19-inch wheels, and Nissan GT-R style high-rigidity brake hoses and performance brake fluid.
Under the hood, Nissan has kept the usual 332 HP 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine and the choice of either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic transmission.
More details will be revealed tomorrow when the 2013 Nissan 370Z makes its debut in Chicago, so stay tuned!
This news may come as a surprise considering that, before this, we have never heard about an updated version of the 370Z nor have we seen spy shots to indicate its existence. However, it has now been reported that Nissan will be bringing an updated version of the 370Z, both coupe and roadster models, to next week’s Chicago Auto Show.
With an announcement like this, no other information was necessary to create a buzz, so no other details were provided. But since the updated sports car has kept its "370Z" nomenclature, don’t expect any major changes under the hood. We expect it to keep its usual 3.7-liter V6 engine with an output of 332 HP at 7,000 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. However, we do expect changes in terms of fuel economy because it’s what many, if not all, automakers are focusing on.
Changes will also be made to both the exterior and interior, but considering the model was just launched in 2009, nothing major is expected.
More details will be revealed next week at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, so stay tuned!