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2009 - 2017 Nissan 370Z

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  • Nissan 370Z
  • Year:
    2009- 2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    VQ37VHR engine
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    332 @ 7000
  • MPG(Cty):
    19
  • MPG(Hwy):
    26
  • Torque @ RPM:
    270 @ 5200
  • Displacement:
    3700 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.7 sec.
  • Quarter Mile time:
    13.3 sec.
  • Skidpad:
    0.99
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    29990
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The classic Japanese two-door, reimagined for today

When it comes to sports cars from the Land of the Rising Sun, the Nissan Z is one of the best. As far back as the ‘60s, the Z has captured the hearts and minds of enthusiasts worldwide thanks to its timeless good looks, traditional drivetrain layout, sonorous six-cylinder exhaust note, and giant-slaying performance potential, all of which is offered at an affordable price point. The latest iteration is the Z34, a.k.a. the 370Z, which bears the same attributes as its predecessors, but with modernized packaging. Summed up, the 370Z gets slick styling, updated cabin tech, RWD handling, and a solid amount of thrust, making it a 21st-century performance-machine worthy of the letter Z.

Unlike most manufacturers, Nissan did it right when designing its next-gen sports car. Compared to the previous generation (the 350Z), the 370Z gets smaller dimensions and lower weight, plus increased chassis rigidity and higher engine output – exactly the right combo when aiming to please throngs of enthusiasts. Over time, Nissan added new features and trim levels to broaden the Z’s appeal, but kept the original’s hardcore attitude for customers who demanded it. These days, the Z needs to evolve, which is a tricky proposition for a model bearing nearly five decades of history. For now, though, read on for a look at the newest version of Nissan’s classic two-door.

Updated 07/10/2017: Nissan announced minor equipment and pricing updates for the 2018 model year 370Z.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2009 – 2018 Nissan 370Z.

 

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Track Battle: Can a Mildly Modified Nissan 370Z Take On a Track-Prepped BMW E46 M3?

Track Battle: Can a Mildly Modified Nissan 370Z Take On a Track-Prepped BMW E46 M3?

A track-ready BMW M3 and an almost-stock Nissan 370Z throw down at Willow Springs Raceway, and the result might surprise you

Drag races are fun, but let’s face it, a true test for a sports car should include some corners. This is exactly why the YouTube channel Driving Line is presenting us with the “Driver Battles” series, where two drivers and their cars set the best possible lap times around a race track. Today’s time attack shootout is at Willow Springs race track and two of the most preferred build platforms go at it.

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2023 Nissan Z - The Seventh-Gen Z Arrives With A V-6 Engine, 400 Horsepower, And A Manual Gearbox

2023 Nissan Z - The Seventh-Gen Z Arrives With A V-6 Engine, 400 Horsepower, And A Manual Gearbox

The 2023 Nissan Z just made its official debut and it will hit the market in Spring 2022 with a starting price of around $40,000

Fans have been anticipating the Nissan Z for a full year and now, it’s finally here. The 2023 Nissan Z was just unveiled at the Brooklyn Duggal Greenhouse. This is just five miles away from where the original 240Z was unveiled, back in October 1969. This is the seventh generation of the iconic Z car and promises to be the most exciting one yet.

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What To Expect From The 2022 Nissan Z

What To Expect From The 2022 Nissan Z

If the Nissan Z is as good is it sounds, it could be the best Z car that we’ve ever seen

There has been a lot of hype, drama, and rumors surrounding the 2022 Nissan Z with everything ranging from Nissan killing off the Z altogether to how much it will cost and that it could even be offered as an SUV. With so much news and so many rumors over the past couple of years, it’s time we lay it all out on the table. So, this is what you need to know about the Nissan 400Z and what to expect when it debuts on August 17, 2021.

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Despite Its Age, the Nissan 370Z Is Still An Amazing Sports Car

Despite Its Age, the Nissan 370Z Is Still An Amazing Sports Car

Can the Nissan 370Z prove to be the biggest performance car bargain today?

With the official unveiling of the 2022 Nissan Z, many people have been dying to find out if it will be anything close to what we were being promised. On paper, things are looking great – a twin-turbo, 400-horsepower V-6, manual gearbox, rear-wheel-drive, and a relatively affordable sticker price. That said, Nissan is still being represented by the Nissan 370Z in the compact sports car segment. YouTube channel Ratiti’s Rides is asking a very relevant question – is the Nissan 370Z worth choosing over a brand new Toyota GR86?

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We Now Have Proof the Nissan Z Proto (And The 400Z) Will Have An Infiniti V-6

We Now Have Proof the Nissan Z Proto (And The 400Z) Will Have An Infiniti V-6

The upcoming Nissan 400Z could arrive with as much as 400 horsepower!

It’s been some five months since Nissan unveiled the Z Proto, a near-production prototype that previews the next-generation Z car, likely called the 400Z. The successor to the 370Z will look a lot like the Z Proto and word has it power will also come from a V-6 engine. But while the 370Z sports a naturally aspirated V-6, the 400Z will feature a twin-turbo unit. And we now have proof that the mill will be shared with the Infiniti Q60.

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You Can't Buy A Nissan 400Z (Z Proto) Yet, But You Can Still Buy a 2020 370Z

You Can’t Buy A Nissan 400Z (Z Proto) Yet, But You Can Still Buy a 2020 370Z

Nissan won’t be offering a 2021 370Z

With the 370Z’s successor pretty much revealed, there’s a sense of anticipation to when will Nissan finally put its long-serving sports car to sleep for good. As it turns out, the 370Z’s demise will be a gradual one as the sports car won’t be axed right away. Instead, Nissan decided not to offer a 2021 370Z, which means the latest you can buy is the 2020 model year.

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Chris Forsberg's 370Z Rally Car Tribute: Sideways Gravel Shreds!

Chris Forsberg’s 370Z Rally Car Tribute: Sideways Gravel Shreds!

That’s a nice way to honor your rally-racing elders

Believe it or not, Nissan is no stranger to rally racing. Back in 1996, the Japanese company raced at the Paris-Dakar Rally with a modded Terrano, albeit with zero success.

However, back in 1970, Nissan took a Datsun Bluebird 510 and made it into a rally car - dubbed the 1600SS - that won the East-African Safari Rally. One year after, in 1971, Nissan came back with a safari-style version of the 240Z. It, too, won the rally. That particular car is celebrated today with a one-off build based on the 370Z.

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Nissan Is About to Reveal The 400Z Prototype

Nissan Is About to Reveal The 400Z Prototype

The Nissan 400Z Prototype Will Be Revealed on September 15th

Following the rumor that the Nissan 400Z wasn’t scheduled to hit the market until 2023, and the appropriate questions as to why Nissan has revealed that it will showcase a “Z Proto” on September 15, 2020. Obviously, Nissan is still withholding the name, and this is only a prototype, but it’ll be the best look we’ve gotten on the next-gen Z car since Nissan confirmed it was coming with an intriguing video back in May.

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The Nissan 400Z Might Not Arrive Until 2023

The Nissan 400Z Might Not Arrive Until 2023

Nissan Could Be Changing Its Plans for the 400Z

This year has been beyond turbulent, and right at the apex of all the drama, we Nissan filed a new trademark that hinted the 400Z would be coming soon. Then, two months later, it was suggested that both the Nissan Z and GT-R could be killed off to keep Nissan afloat A few days later, Nissan put out a trailer to showcase its range of new models and, thanks to that, we learned that the 400Z was, in fact, happening and would feature a lot of throwback styling cues. We later learned that the 400Z won’t only feature throwback styling cues, but will, essentially, be a reskinned and retuned 370Z – it will even ride on the same platform. Now, despite the fact that we’ve been promised that the 400Z would be revealed soon, it looks like “soon” has a different definition to Nissan.

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The Retro-Styled Nissan 400Z Arrives in 2021 But You Might Not Like Everything About It

The Retro-Styled Nissan 400Z Arrives in 2021 But You Might Not Like Everything About It

The next-gen Nissan Z will probably ride on an old platform, but will feature a fresh look and turbo power

The story of the Nissan 400Z has been a long, dramatic one filled with rumors, speculation, and uncertainty. We’ve heard everything from the next-gen Z car landing as a crossover to it being built in collaboration with Mercedes, and let’s not forget new that it could end up being a hybrid or an EV that sits next to the Nissan GT-R EV. Then May of 2020 took a very interesting turn when some reports indicated that both the Nissan Z and GT-R could be discontinued altogether, only to be followed by an official teaser that showcased a retro-styled Z-Car. So, a new Nissan Z was confirmed, and all was good, but now we’re learning more about it, including what we can expect of its platform, its heart, and the likelihood that the 400Z will be electric. Fair warning: you might not like what you’re about to read, but you might.

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Nissan Has Finally Confirmed the 400Z - Here's Your First Look

Nissan Has Finally Confirmed the 400Z - Here’s Your First Look

Take a peek at the 400Z in Nissan’s latest video

Following years of rumors that Nissan’s next Z model could be a crossover, the Japanese company has finally confirmed that the successor to the 370Z will also be a sports coupe. In a presentation outlining its future product strategy, Nissan showcased a new Z car that looks a lot like the outgoing 370Z. There’s no official name for this car yet, but all rumors point toward the 400Z name.

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In a Bold Move To Prolong Death, Nissan Could Be Killing Off The Only Models Anyone Cares About

In a Bold Move To Prolong Death, Nissan Could Be Killing Off The Only Models Anyone Cares About

Could we be saying goodbye to the Nissan Z and GT-R?

Nissan is in dire straits, and the Japanese automaker could be making some tough decisions that could spell the end of some of its most popular models. Like most automakers that have been affected by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, Nissan is scrambling to keep itself above water in the wake of tanking car sales all over the world.

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Rumors About the 2022 Nissan 400Z Have Manifested into These Awesome Renderings

Rumors About the 2022 Nissan 400Z Have Manifested into These Awesome Renderings

But we won’t know how this car looks like until 2021

Much like the Nissan GT-R, the 370Z is a bit long in the tooth. Launched in 2009, it’s 11 years old as of 2020, and Nissan launched only minor upgrades all these years. But the 370Z is going out of production and word has it there will be a successor called the 400Z. But this new sports car is still a couple of years away, and we don’t know much about it. The mystery behind has inspired car designed Max Shershnev to render a potential look for the400Z.

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The 400Z Could Be Little More Than a Facelifted 370Z With a New Engine and New Tech

The 400Z Could Be Little More Than a Facelifted 370Z With a New Engine and New Tech

The good news is that we’re looking at 400 horsepower and a debut within the next year.

The road to a new Z-car, one we’ve been calling the 400Z for some time now, has been a long one, filled with rumors, interviews, and expectations. When Nissan filed a new Z logo trademark in March of 2020 we finally had something solid that hinted a new Z-car was coming, but it was far from a confirmation that it was really happening. Now, more information has started circulating that says the car will be named 400Z and could be unveiled within the next year, but that’s not all.

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A New Trademark Hints that the 2021 Nissan 400Z Is Coming Sooner Than Expected

A New Trademark Hints that the 2021 Nissan 400Z Is Coming Sooner Than Expected

The Nissan 400Z is gaining some momentum, but outside of a new Z trademark, there’s nothing official

Rumors about a Nissan 400Zor, at the very least, some kind of successor to the current and aging Nissan 370Z have been swirling for years. We’ve heard everything from rumors that the new Z car will be electric to wild-eyed ideas like Nissan will be building the 400Z in colaboration with Mercedes and that the 400Z will actually be a performance-oriented crossover of all things. More recently – as in October of 2019 – we learned that Nissan is officially working on a next-gen Z car and a next-gen GT-R, but things have been relatively quiet since then. Well, until now, anyway, as a new trademark filing ushers in fresh hope that a new Z car is closer than ever to becoming a reality. So, what does this mean? Let’s talk about it.

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10 of the Fastest Cars Available for Under $15,000

10 of the Fastest Cars Available for Under $15,000

There are excellent examples out there, provided you are okay with buying pre-owned cars

There are a lot of benefits in buying a pre-owned car. Instead of being stuck on a particular segment due to budget constraints, you can actually choose a car from the higher tiers when you look at the used market. You don’t have to worry about the depreciation hit in the car as well. And, when it comes to fast, cool cars, you don’t have to wait for the run-in period to complete and you can redline it from day one. In fact, if you spend some time researching, you can find some real treasures as well. To help you out, we’ve listed ten of the fastest cars that you can get for less than $15,000.

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2020 Nissan Global Time Attack TT 370Z

2020 Nissan Global Time Attack TT 370Z

There’ve been many 370Z race cars throughout the years but this is one of the baddest of the bunch

Nissan unveiled a Time Attack-spec Nissan 370Z built by Z1 Motorsport in conjunction with Nissan Motorsport that is bound to take the world of time attack racing by storm. With 750 horsepower on tap thanks to a pair of Garrett turbochargers, this 370Z is one of the craziest you’ll ever see. The widebody is made entirely out of carbon fiber, the interior is bare, and, to shed even more weight, the body was acid-dipped. In other words, the guys at Nissan and Z1 Motorsport stopped at nothing in their mission to turn what many consider an outdated sports car into a record-breaking track beast.

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The Next-Gen Nissan Z Was Caught Testing on the Nurburgring - Kind of

The Next-Gen Nissan Z Was Caught Testing on the Nurburgring - Kind of

It’s not what you can see, but what you can’t

Back at the Toyota Motor Show Nissan’s Product Planning Boos, Ivan Espinosa, didn’t exactly confirm in an official capacity that a new Nissan Z car was coming, but he did say that we can “expect something soon.” Sure enough, it didn’t take long for a test mule to show up on the Nurburgring. Obviously, this thing looks like the 370Z, but that’s because this is a very early mule and is likely testing a new drivetrain for the next-gen Z-Car that will probably go by the name 400Z.

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Here's Why Nissan Won't Build Its Next Sports Car With Italdesign or Any Other Firm

Here’s Why Nissan Won’t Build Its Next Sports Car With Italdesign or Any Other Firm

Nissan doesn’t seem interested in developing its next sports car in partnership with another manufacturer

We’ve been waiting for years for the folks at Nissan and Nismo to dust themselves off, get to work, and reveal the replacement for either the GT-R or the 370Z. As this isn’t about to happen, we thought that maybe Nissan is preparing to launch a partnership with somebody to piece together its next sports car, as Toyota and BMW did, but this isn’t the case. "It’s in the Nissan DNA and its heritage to keep everything in house," according to a Nissan spokesperson.

Last year, the fruit of the partnership between Italian design firm Italdesign and Japanese automaker Nissan came to light as the 50th anniversary Nissan GT-R concept. The car, painted in grey with some classy gold accents here and there looks like an evolutionary take on the R35’s design and that got us thinking that the next GT-R is in the works and that we may get it as a result of a partnership. Apparently, this won’t happen, or at least that’s what Nissan’s saying right now. Since the launch of the Italdesign GT-R, we saw Nissan release another 50th-anniversary model, namely a 370Z co-developed with Peter Brock’s BRE (Brock Racing Engineering) company that was unveiled at the 2019 New York Auto Show.

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The 2020 Nissan 370Z Looks Stunning in Red and White at the New York Auto Show

The 2020 Nissan 370Z Looks Stunning in Red and White at the New York Auto Show

It pays tribute to the iconic 240Z that won the SCCA championship in 1970

Remember all those rumors about Nissan working on some sort of successor for the 370Z? Well, it might happen at some point, but for the time being the 370Z is here to stay. Nissan just confirmed the sports car for the 2020 model year and introduced a special 50th Anniversary Edition at the 2019 New York Auto Show.

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Nissan Could Have One of the Best Stands at the New York Auto Show

Nissan Could Have One of the Best Stands at the New York Auto Show

50th anniversary editions of the automaker’s two sports cars could be the highlights of the stand

Nissan is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Z and Skyline-GTR this year, and it looks like the New York Auto Show will be the site of one of the company’s celebrations. Details are still under wraps, but the Japanese automaker did reveal a teaser that indicated its plan to introduce the “ultimate dream garage” in the Big Apple. The teaser image shows eight Nissans on and under lifts. It’s hard to make out the models under the lifts, but it’s possible that those are the surprise reveals that Nissan is planning for the event. Could two of those four models be 50th-anniversary versions of the Nissan 370Z and the Nissan GT-R? We’ll find out soon enough.

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2020 Toyota Supra vs 2019 Nissan 370Z

2020 Toyota Supra vs 2019 Nissan 370Z

Toyota’s all-new sports car takes on Nissan’s stead-as-always counterpart

Japan is home to some of the most iconic sports cars in history. From the Mazda MX-5 Miata to the Nissan Z-Series, you’ll find no shortage of desirable sports coupes that call the Land of the Rising Sun home. Until recently, Toyota’s contribution to that list remained on the shelves. But that’s no longer the case because the Toyota Supra is back, and it’s back with a vengeance. The Supra’s return naturally invites comparisons to its rivals in the segment, and for this reason, we’re putting the spotlight squarely on the Supra and the current face of Nissan’s Z family, the 370Z. Does the all-new Supra have what it takes to unseat a steady presence in the 370Z? Let’s find out.

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Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations

Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations

There are some great results, and some "close your eyes!" results

One of the great things about car renderings is the ability to let your imagination go crazy. You can use an existing car model and re-imagine it without a roof, or you can get really creative and redesign it in a different body type altogether. There’s something to be said, then, for renderings that take two models from two different automakers and combine them to create an entirely new model. It’s the kind of Transformers-like job that we should be seeing more often in the real world. Or should we? The truth is, BudgetsDirect undertook this very exercise, and the results are all “interesting,” to say the least. As an added bonus, we’re doing our own part and renaming these creations in the best way we can.

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2018 Nissan Project Clubsport 23

2018 Nissan Project Clubsport 23

Nissan tries to keep it fresh with some extra sporting stuff

The 2018 SEMA show is here, and Nissan is headed to Vegas with a newly tuned iteration of its aging 370Z sport compact coupe. This latest build combines a selection of parts plucked from the factory, and the aftermarket, as well as a smattering of custom one-off, fabricated pieces that “may appear someday alone or packaged together at Nissan dealership parts departments.” Sounds great, but how does it fare amongst the best of the best in the desert?

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Nissan Announces Pricing Details For the 2019 370Z

Nissan Announces Pricing Details For the 2019 370Z

10 versions of the time-and-tested sports car are available in the U.S. market

The Nissan 370Z is still around, and we now know how much the 2019 model is going to cost. Pricing for the coupe, roadster, and NISMO versions of 2019 MY 370Zs have been announced, and as expected, you’re going to have to spend a good amount to get your hands on the good stuff. All in all, ten different versions of the 2019 370Z are available, including five versions of the coupe model, three versions of the roadster, and two versions of the performance-spec NISMO line.

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Nissan To Produce 370Z Until The End Of Time

Nissan To Produce 370Z Until The End Of Time

Looking to get into the next-gen Z car? You might be waiting a while…

First introduced back in 1969 as the Datsun 240Z, Nissan has produced six generations of its iconic Z car, with the latest Z34-gen 370Z arriving in late 2008 for the 2009 model year. Despite strong demand from enthusiasts around the world, Nissan has yet to update the popular sports car past the existing 370Z generation, and now, according to an anonymous insider, it’s looking like Nissan could keep it in limbo until the end of time.

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The Nissan 370Kzi Is a V-6-powered Snowmobile You can't Buy

The Nissan 370Kzi Is a V-6-powered Snowmobile You can’t Buy

What’s with all the snow-prepped Nissan recently?

Be honest now, how many of you thought that when Nissan first teased the 370Zki it was talking about a special-edition model or even some sort of update to the 370Z? As you probably found out, the 370Zki is nothing more than a convertible 370Z with skis at the front and snow tracks to the rear. Yes, it’s a V-6-powered snowmobile. It’s definitely cool, but far from what Nissan really needs right now. And let’s face it, cars and crossovers with snow tracks are getting a bit old. Not to mention that Nissan has built quite a few in recent years. Unless it’s planning to open a museum or something, I’d say the Japanese would be better off doing something useful. Like a brand-new 370Z already!

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2018 Nissan 370Zki

2018 Nissan 370Zki

It’s the Nissan 370Z snowmobile we didn’t even know existed

There’s a prevalent belief within automotive circles that the Nissan 370Z is in dire need of an update. The current version of the sports coupe has been on the market since 2009. That’s a long time for any car, let alone one that belongs in a niche segment. As the clamoring for a next-gen 370Z grows louder, Nissan has apparently been listening all along. All this time, the Japanese automaker was actually developing a new 370Z. The only problem is it’s not the 370Z replacement we’re expecting.

Feast your eyes on this creation. It’s a Nissan 370Z…on skis. Nissan calls it the 370Zki, and it’s actually something the automaker is bringing to the 2018 Chicago Auto Show later this month. I don’t suppose it’s the version of the 370Z that we’ve all been waiting for. On the bright side, it is a positively cool creation, at least once you get past the awkwardness of seeing the compact sports car sitting on snowmobile equipment.

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Nissan Announces 370Zki Concept for Chicago Auto Show; Proves How Little Creativity Nissan Has

Nissan Announces 370Zki Concept for Chicago Auto Show; Proves How Little Creativity Nissan Has

They Won’t Give us a New Z, But They’ll Throw Snow Tracks on the Current Model

Here I am going over the things to look out for at the Chicago Auto Show and what do I come across? The Nissan 370Zki. The 370Zki was announced with a rather mundane teaser video that showed nothing more than some tracks in the snow to go with the wonderful noise created by the Z’s 3.7-liter V-6 – most likely the Nismo version with 350 ponies as opposed to the standard model with 332. But that isn’t the point. The current Z has been around since 2009. That makes it nine years old as of this writing, and it’s in dire – I repeat, dire – need of replacement. Nissan has said that it’s working on a new Z-car, but there isn’t a timetable. To put it simply, Nissan refuses to kill this poor car and give us something fresh. And, when they do, it’ll (god, we sure hope not) end up being a crossover.

We’re now right smack dab in the middle of auto show season, and we’re seeing all kinds of new cars – Chevy brought out the new Silverado, Ram the new 1500, and Ford brought about the new Bullitt Mustang. Hell, even Honda came correct with a new Insight as did Toyota with the new Avalon. Meanwhile, Nissan showed up to Detroit with the never-going-to-see-production Xmotion concept and decided to showcase the GT-R next to it. No new vehicle, no hint of a new vehicle, nothing.

Fast forward a few weeks and the Chicago Auto Show is about to begin. All kinds of special editions are said to be showing up at the show. Even Toyota is bringing a trio of off-road whips for the masses. What is Nissan going to show up with? Well, it’s going to follow its usual trend: Take something that people are starting to not care about and throw some snow tracks on it. It’s becoming a trend with the brand and while vehicles like the 2017 Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior and the 2016 Winter Warrior concepts were cool and all, don’t you think doing to the Z is going a little too far? Don’t throw snow tracks on it; Create a new damn Z-car already. I’m really starting to question the creative minds over at Nissan. Do they have real people coming up with these ideas or are these ideas generation by artificial intelligence ran on an old Windows 95 machine? And yes, before the comments start coming in, I am a little butthurt – the 370Z needs to die and make way for something else already, and something that isn’t a crossover.

But, I digress.

Check out the teaser video below. There’s not much to it, but you know… why not?

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Report: Nissan IS Working on a New Z-Car; Let's Just Hope it isn't a Crossover

Report: Nissan IS Working on a New Z-Car; Let’s Just Hope it isn’t a Crossover

There’s no timetable yet so don’t get those hopes up

Don’t dig a hole for the Nissan Z sports car yet. Despite all the noise surrounding its demise, the Z sports car family is still breathing. Nissan’s chief planning officer, Philippe Klein, made that clear in a conversation with Automotive News earlier this month at the Detroit Auto Show. According to Klein, the Z is still part of the automaker’s plans. More importantly, Nissan’s already working on a successor to the 370Z. Klein didn’t elaborate any further than that, but we’ll take this win for now. The Nissan Z sports car line is alive and breathing.

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The 370Z Continues to Show its Age, Yet Nissan Refuses to Kill it

The 370Z Continues to Show its Age, Yet Nissan Refuses to Kill it

A Tokyo Motor Show-bound 390Z concept may not be in the cards

As excited as it was to hear rumors that Nissan was bringing thesuccessor to the 370Z sports car at the Tokyo Motor Show, it appears that the hype has fizzled out even before it had a chance to be worth anything. The latest word coming from former Nissan Australia Managing Director, Richard Emery, who has come out saying there are unlikely to be any plans for a new Z concept anytime soon.

Speaking with Motoring, Emery said that there are no plans to introduce a replacement study for the 370Z. His comments also came a few days after the automaker unveiled the 2018 370Z in Europe, packing some aesthetic improvements in the exterior and interior. Considering these recent developments on the front of Nissan’s Z sports car family, it does look like all those talks of a successor were premature. It doesn’t mean that they were unwarranted, though. The fact remains that the 370Z is eight years old and (should be) at the end of its lifecycle. It’s certainly possible that Nissan is giving the sports car one final facelift before officially launching the successor. Whether that’s a couple of years from now or not, it’s going to be a while.

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Seriously, Nissan? Give us a New Freaking Z-Car Already!!!

Seriously, Nissan? Give us a New Freaking Z-Car Already!!!

We’re itching like crackheads for a successor

With the Nissan 370Z debuting way back in 2008, it’s about damn time for Nissan to bless us with a new successor. Sure, it’s been updated on a somewhat regular basis and is fairly modern at this point, but its replacement is long overdue. Unfortunately, Nissan doesn’t see it that way, and instead of bringing us a new Z-car for 2018, we end up getting the 370Z Heritage edition. That model gets revised exterior lights, and some special paint to trim inside and out. Outside of the new Exedy, high-performance clutch, it’s just another damned special edition. I was really hoping Nissan blew its special-edition budget with all of those pointless special editions in Chicago earlier this year, but I guess not.

The worst part is that the Z-Car’s next big move is so clouded in mystery and uncertainty that it’s enough to give just about any enthusiast a raging hate boner and then some. So, where does the road to the next Z-Car take us? At this point, your guess is as good as any because Nissan doesn’t even know. In fact, in light of that new “Heritage Edition” I mentioned earlier, Nissan may make the next Z a damned crossover… Yikes! Back in 2014, we heard that news that the next Z-car would have multiple engine options, including a four-cylinder hybrid engine (for those of you who don’t know, the Z has always had a six-cylinder.) In mid-2015, it was said that the next Z-car would be a revolution, with hints that it would take on the Toyota 86, which means it’s going to lose in the power department and probably get a little smaller.

But, that’s not the latest news either. Just six months or so ago, fuel was added to the fire when Car Advice reported the next Z-Car would be a crossover, and it was backed up thanks to the Gripz concept that we saw in 2015. And, the trail goes cold yet again, with 2018 bringing us the “Heritage Edition” that will be previewed at the New York Auto Show.

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Nissan Could Succeed 370Z Sports Car With A Performance Crossover

Nissan Could Succeed 370Z Sports Car With A Performance Crossover

It’s not a straight-forward succession, but it could be a smart move for the company

The Nissan 370Z has been around for nine years. Yep, it’s that old. It’s undertaken some revisions and updates over the years, but there’s no going around the fact that the 370Z is in dire need of a replacement. Turns out, that replacement could be on its way, only it won’t be a sports car; it’s reportedly going to be a crossover. Let that simmer for a second.

Car Advice is reporting that there’s an all-too real possibility of seeing the tired and dated 370Z get replaced by a high-riding crossover. Granted, rumors of this possibility have been floating around the surface for quite some time now. Nissan even stoked the flames in its own way by introducing the Gripz Concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. At that time, there was already talk that the Gripz would evolve into a crossover that will be placed under the Z family. So all of this isn’t new. What can be considered a development is what Nissan Europe chairman Paul Wilcox told Car Advice.

Wilcox specifically did not confirm the persistent rumors about the Z crossover, but he didn’t deny them either. Instead, he mentioned that the company is looking into every segment of the industry today to see which ones are worth pursuing. One of those segments is the crossover and SUV line, which has proven to be one of the stoutest lines in the business today.

Having a Z crossover replace the existing 370Z would certainly be a bold move, but it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch if Nissan wants to cover the crossover and performance with a single model. That would at least justify what Wilcox described as the company’s goal of focusing on “crossovers” and “having the right products to complement that.” On paper, the idea makes sense for Nissan and its Z brand. It’s a fresh car with a fresh purpose that has the potential to be successful if Nissan develops it the right way.

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2009 - 2017 Nissan 370Z

2009 - 2017 Nissan 370Z

The classic Japanese two-door, reimagined for today

When it comes to sports cars from the Land of the Rising Sun, the Nissan Z is one of the best. As far back as the ‘60s, the Z has captured the hearts and minds of enthusiasts worldwide thanks to its timeless good looks, traditional drivetrain layout, sonorous six-cylinder exhaust note, and giant-slaying performance potential, all of which is offered at an affordable price point. The latest iteration is the Z34, a.k.a. the 370Z, which bears the same attributes as its predecessors, but with modernized packaging. Summed up, the 370Z gets slick styling, updated cabin tech, RWD handling, and a solid amount of thrust, making it a 21st-century performance-machine worthy of the letter Z.

Unlike most manufacturers, Nissan did it right when designing its next-gen sports car. Compared to the previous generation (the 350Z), the 370Z gets smaller dimensions and lower weight, plus increased chassis rigidity and higher engine output – exactly the right combo when aiming to please throngs of enthusiasts. Over time, Nissan added new features and trim levels to broaden the Z’s appeal, but kept the original’s hardcore attitude for customers who demanded it. These days, the Z needs to evolve, which is a tricky proposition for a model bearing nearly five decades of history. For now, though, read on for a look at the newest version of Nissan’s classic two-door.

Updated 07/10/2017: Nissan announced minor equipment and pricing updates for the 2018 model year 370Z.

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2015 - 2017 Nissan 370Z Nismo

2015 - 2017 Nissan 370Z Nismo

The beefed-up coupe finally received the aggressive design it deserves

The Nissan 370Z Nismo is a cool, nippy sports car at 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque. Drop the hammer and it will reward you with fast-enough acceleration and precise handling. Do that on the track and you’ll be able to sweep the asphalt with a lot of famous and more expensive cars.

But despite its abilities, I always thought the 370Z lacked the looks most enthusiasts are expecting to find on a sports car of this caliber. Its face is just too clean and polished, without any of the sharp cues that make you scream in agony as you’re being chased by one.

Fortunately, that has come to an end today when Nissan took the wraps off the facelifted 370Z Nismo. The Japanese-built sports car has finally received its much-need rhinoplasty, one that throws the boring look to the dumpster and puts a new, "eat my dust" face on the hot coupe.

Of course, the 2015 370Z Nismo is not only about a new, evil grin. The folks over at Nismo have been working hands deep to upgrade the chassis and the suspension system, while developing brand new sports seats with Recaro, the industry’s main provider of high-performance shells.

I was a bit surprised to discover Nissan chose to keep output figures unchanged, but aside from that, it had done a great job to bring the 370Z back in the spotlight.

Updated 06/15/2016: Nissan announced prices for the 370Z Nismo which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. As no surprise, prices remain unchanged over the 2016 model year.

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Nissan 370Z Will Get A Successor After All

Nissan 370Z Will Get A Successor After All

After constant churning of the rumor mill, the fate of the Nissan 370Z may have been finally answered. NISMO’s chief product specialist Hiroshi Tamura finally let the cat out of the bag: the 370Z is here to stay and more importantly, it’s going to have a successor in the future.

Tamara confirmed the fate of Nissan’s entry level sports car in a conversation with Motoring Australia, saying that Nissan isn’t prepared to let the 370Z die in the wake of its plan to expand the “Z” lineup and add a Z-badged SUV based off of the Nissan Gripz Concept, which made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. A lot of the whispers surrounding the 370Z’s future was tied into what Nissan planted to do with the Gripz. There were even rumors that the Japanese automaker was looking into giving the slot reserved to the 370Z to the production version of the Gripz in an effort to bolster its already expansive SUV range.

But fans of the 370Z can rest easy now that Tamara has confirmed that the 370Z will live on and will be produced separate of any plans Nissan has for the “Z” range. Nissan even has big plans for the Z, so says NISMO’s product planner. One such scenario he raised is the possibility of seeing the next 370Z and the production version of the Gripz share components with one another, thereby saving the company development costs.

As far as when the next generation 370Z will arrive, Tamara didn’t give a specific timetable, opting only to say that his team isn’t going to rush the development of the car. With the market for sports cars continuously evolving, the company needs to figure out what is and what isn’t going to work. Answers to those questions is going to take some time, so at the very least, the wait for the next-gen 370Z is going to take some time.

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Nissan And Hoonigan Team Up To Celebrate Black Friday At The Mall: Video

Nissan And Hoonigan Team Up To Celebrate Black Friday At The Mall: Video

Nissan and Hoonigan have come together to make a drifting video in celebration of Black Friday. So what does drifting have to do with Black Friday, you ask? Well, nothing really, but in the video two Nissan 370Zs drift inside the Hawthorne Mall near L.A. I guess there isn’t much more to it than that, but it’s a good enough excuse to drive a couple beasts through an empty mall.

The two Zs are piloted by Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck as they drift in formation around the tight corridors of the mall property and parking garage. At one point, Chris Forsberg is only inches from a massive fail as he drifts uncomfortably close to a huge opening on the second floor. Had he lost control, he would have dropped 30 feet to what would be a rather harsh landing.

It’s a pretty cool video and definitely fun to watch. It’s too bad Hoonigan and Nissan didn’t take the time to clean up the mall a bit first, though. There was so much settle dust from nature taking its course that on-site staff had to wear respirators, and a lot of the video is a bit blurry. Still, it’s a good time, and make sure you turn up the sound – the echo of 2,000 combined horsepower is definitely something to be thankful for.

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Nissan GT-R and 370Z Could Get Autonomous Technology

Nissan GT-R and 370Z Could Get Autonomous Technology

Nissan is so dead serious about pursuing autonomous driving technology that news has come out of the company’s plan to offer the technology to a handful of its existing models. Topping that list are the Nissan GT-R and the 370Z. Speaking to Auto Express at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan Global Vice President for Research and Advanced Engineering Takao Asami detailed Nissan’s plan to outfit its resident supercar and sports car with the technology to help improve their capability and driving performance. Asami also said that the technology would be used differently on the two cars compared to how its going to function on the regular cars.

The plan is admittedly still in its embryonic stage and Nissan, for one, isn’t too keen on rushing the application since the technology itself is still being developed. That said, there is a feeling within the company that piloted driving on the GT-R and the 370Z could go a long way in creating a more dynamic driving experience for drivers of these cars. According to Asami, a Piloted Drive mode on the two sports cars could open the possibility of new drive modes being fitted into both the GT-R and the 370Z. The whole idea sounds exciting but customers should temper their expectations on what they can expect from a GT-R or a 370Z that’s been fitted with the company’s Piloted Drive technology.

Don’t expect these cars to drive by themselves in all road-going environments because that would completely eliminate the visceral driving experience that the two Nissan sports cars, especially the GT-R, is known for. Instead, the company’s Piloted Drive tech will assist drivers to ensure that they can make the most of the car’s performance abilities without having to worry about making any mistakes. This kind of tech should help customers of both the GT-R and the 370Z to have a better appreciation of what their cars are capable of.

The technology isn’t expected to be launched until 2020 so that’s going to give Nissan enough time to iron out the details and work on a plan on how it can integrated the Piloted Drive tech into its performance lineup.

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Nissan Wants The Next Z Car To Be A Revolution

Nissan Wants The Next Z Car To Be A Revolution

It’s difficult to avoid the fact that the Nissan 370Z is getting pretty long in the tooth. The design is a warmed over version of the 350Z, which dates back to 2002, and the performance it offers is hardly cutting edge at this point. So it shouldn’t come as too big a surprise that Shiro Nakamora, Nissan’s senior vice president and chief creative officer, recently came out and said that the whole Z car idea needs to be rethought, and that a 390Z probably isn’t going to happen.

One of his biggest complaints is that the 370Z is simply too expensive, essentially the same reason why the 1991-1996 Nissan 300ZX died off even before a replacement was ready. He seems to have a point as well, a 370Z costs roughly the same as a Mustang GT, but comes with 100 less horsepower and no significant weight advantage. On the subject of the future of the model, Nakamora said "The GT-R is more evolution. I feel Z needs more revolution than evolution." One possibility that was strongly hinted at was that of making the car smaller and lighter.

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2014 - 2016 Nissan 370Z Roadster

2014 - 2016 Nissan 370Z Roadster

It isn’t as hardcore as a Nissan GT-R, but it certainly is very sporty. The Nissan Z-cars have been around for a long time and the 2014 370Z is the latest iteration of a long line of Z-cars that have come and gone.

Last year, Nissan updated the 370Z Roadster with new features like daytime running lights, an updated front fascia without compromising on the looks. The coupe has nice high shoulder and confident looks. Chopping off the roof hasn’t ruined the handsome exterior of the 370Z either.

For 2014, the Nissan 370Z Roadster employs a 3.7-liter V-6 naturally aspirated engine with 332 horsepower on tap. The engine is capable of churning out 270 pound-feet of torque @ 5200 rpm. For driving enthusiasts, Nissan offers a 6-speed manual gearbox which comes with Nissan’s SynchroRev Match system, while a 7-speed automatic with paddle-shift is also on the list.

The 2014 370Z is capable of delivering similar performance as the 2013 model. Combined fuel economy figures released by Nissan confirm that the 2014 model is rated at 20 mpg and 21 mpg for manual and automatic version respectively.

Updated 04/09/2015: Nissan announced prices for the 2016 370Z, which is now on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide unchanged from the previous year. The model is priced from $41,820, and the only update is a new Deep Blue Pearl exterior color.

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2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo Roadster Concept

2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo Roadster Concept

Nissan’s Z car, known in Japan as the Fairlady Z, has graced public roads since 1969, and currently exists in its sixth generation as the Z34 370Z. It’s a two-door sports coupe with a torque-filled engine stuffed in the front pushing power to the rear wheels, exactly as it should be.

Nismo, Nissan’s performance tuning division, has busied itself with creating pumped-up versions of many vehicles in the brand’s lineup, and the results have been stellar. According to the company, the GT-R Nismo is sold out, the Juke Nismo accounts for 15 percent of total sales, and the 370Z Nismo Coupe ropes in 20 percent of sales.

Clearly, the factory is doing something right with these speed-demons. But one look at the current Nismo models reveals one glaring omission – a convertible.

Nissan is (potentially) seeking to rectify this with the 370Z Nismo Roadster concept. Making its world debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, this machine adds that characteristic Nismo excitement to the stock 370Z drop-top. While not yet confirmed for production, it appears just about ready to hit dealerships. But should it make the cut, what will it have to offer someone looking for the thrill of open-air motoring?

Updated 02/13/2015: We’ve added a series of images taken during the 370Z Nismo’s official debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab after the jump.

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Nissan Sets the Record for "Longest Twin Vehicle Drifting"

Nissan Sets the Record for "Longest Twin Vehicle Drifting"

Nissan Middle East is known for its record-setting endeavors, so when a new opportunity presented itself, the dealership went ahead and took it. After all, this is the same group that used a Nissan Patrol to haul a 170.9-ton cargo plane for more than 164 feet at the Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates in 2013. This time around, Nissan Middle East opted to use a Nissan 370Z — two of them, in fact — to set a new Guinness World Record by successfully performing the longest twin vehicle drift, covering a distance of 28.52 kilometers (17.7 miles).

The stunt was pulled off at the Nissan 370Z Drift Experience launch event held in Dubai where onlookers got the special treat of seeing two silver Zs go sideways until breaching the record mark. It was also the perfect spectacle to highlight the 370Z Drift Experience event that was launched by Nissan Middle East and Prodrift Academy to teach participants the art of drifting.

Turns out, drifting’s a pretty big deal in that part of the world and according to Nissan, these tire-burning events routinely attract over 15,000 people at a given point and time. That’s a big reason why Nissan Middle East wanted to leverage the sport’s popularity in the region to showcase the 370Z, a car it says is well-suited for these kinds of escapades.

Nissan Middle East Managing Director Samir Cherfan said as much, describing the new record as proof of Nissan’s capability to build record-setting vehicles, including the 370Z. “The Nissan Z is a very popular car in the drifting scene, and this new record is yet another proof on the ability of this car to make drifting look so easy,” Cherfan added.

Seeing as it just accomplished a pretty impressive world record, it’s hard to argue against Cherfan’s point.

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Latest Nissan Z:

Next Nissan Z Will Get Four-Cylinder Turbocharged Hybrid Engine

Next Nissan Z Will Get Four-Cylinder Turbocharged Hybrid Engine

A few days back, we released news that Nissan was considering a variety of different engine options for the new Z car. We were hoping for a hybrid producing over 1,000 horsepower, and apparently, Nissan was listening. Well, half listening, maybe.

Citing the Japanese automotive publication Best Car, Australian website Motoring.co.au is reporting the new Z car (labeled simply as “Z”) will be launched initially as a convertible. Most shockingly, however, is that it’ll come with a hybrid, turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. In total, this powertrain will deliver 247 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The petrol engine will be sourced from Mercedes-Benz, while the electric motor will mount between the engine and transmission to soak up energy during deceleration, boosting power and improving mileage in a fashion similar to Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist system.

“Its main market is the U.S., a market that demands competitively priced convertibles with loads of street cred,” reports the source. “And that is what the next Z will be. Except this time, it’ll offer plenty of power while delivering nearly 20 km per liter [roughly 50 miles per gallon]!”

Thankfully, the source also confirmed a Mercedes-sourced 3.0-liter V-6 for us Americans to enjoy, continuing the six-cylinder tradition we’ve come to expect from the Z. With an additional turbocharged hybrid-four on the option list, Nissan should have a rather robust, sporty convertible on its hands. We can’t wait to see if these rumors will come true.

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Nissan 370Z Successor Will Have Multiple Engine Options

Nissan 370Z Successor Will Have Multiple Engine Options

Ever since it was first brought into this world way back in 1969, Nissan’s sporty two-door Z car has always had a six-cylinder engine. Between the first generation S30 Datsun 240Z and the current, sixth-generation Z34 Nissan 370Z, there have been boosted versions and naturally aspirated versions, configurations in a V and inline, displacement both big and small, but always, the cylinder count has remained at six.

Now, with the current gen getting a bit long in the tooth and a seventh generation looming, Nissan may be thinking about offering a variety of engine options for its classic coupe, including a four-cylinder. That was the news coming from Roel de Vries, Nissan’s corporate vice president and global head of marketing and brand strategy, speaking to the Australian website CarAdvice at the Nismo Festival in Mount Fuji, Japan.

Despite the long history behind the six-cylinder Z, de Vries was unconvinced that any particular motor was necessary to the overall evolution of the vehicle: “I think an engine is never a need or a must, because what you need is to deliver on what the car stands for and if the 370Z stands for real performance and real driving I think it doesn’t need a V-6 to do that,” de Vries told CarAdvice.

At the same time, de Vries recognized the apparent demand for a larger engine under the hood: “Can you sell a V-6 [370Z] in Europe? No. Does this mean the next Z will have a V-6 [for Europe]? No, of course we are not going to do that. [But] there’s still an audience that wants a six-cylinder engine, so why should we give it up? That’s all part of ongoing studies.”

Here’s our wish list for engine choices: start with a base, naturally aspirated four-banger; then step up to a mid-range, turbocharged four. At the top of the heap, offer a super-powered NISMO model with a hybrid powertrain that combines an electric motor with the twin-turbo V-6 from the GT-R, the VR38DETT, to make 1,000 horsepower. Okay, that last one might be a bit of a stretch, but a guy can dream, can’t he?

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2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo Safety Car

2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo Safety Car

We’ve seen a lot BMW-badged safety cars recently, including the M4 Coupe DTM safety car and the BMW i8 that paces the newly founded Formula E series. Needless to say, Munich’s vehicles are quite common with racing events, but IMSA is among the very few sanctioning bodies that prefer other marques. For this year’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, IMSA opted for the 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo. The coupe, as you may remember, received an extensive facelift in 2014.

Seeing the 370Z make its debut as a safety car in North America isn’t surprising at all. Nissan is an official partner of IMSA, the sanctioning body for both the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championships, and has fielded multiple race cars throughout the 2014 season. In addition, the Japanese automaker also provides powerplants to various independent companies. The Circuit of the Americas race, scheduled for September 19th, will also include Nissan racers. Two 370Z Nismos and a couple of Altima-based race cars will battle for victory in Texas.

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Nissan Renders Two #NISMOmashup Cars

Nissan Renders Two #NISMOmashup Cars

I’m not sure if Nissan is simply toying with us or if it’s subtly giving us a preview of things to come within its lineup. While I do know that the former is the case, I’m holding out hope that the latter will come to fruition down the road. In the meantime, do check out these renderings of two models that the Japanese automaker doesn’t have in its lineup…at the moment.

These models are actually concept renderings done as part of Nissan’s #NISMOmashup program. One model combines the Nissan GT-R Nismo with a Nissan Maxima sedan and the other features a combination of the Nissan 370Z Nismo and a Nissan Sentra sedan. You probably didn’t recognize them at first, did you? Don’t worry, I didn’t either.

Of course, Nissan doesn’t plan on building these two models anytime soon, even though their reception has been incredibly positive. The 370Z/Sentra mashup, in particular, looks incredible with its beefier and sportier dimensions. I’m not as big of a fan of the GT-R/Maxima mashup, as it kind of looks like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI at first glance.

Hopefully, Nissan submits to public clamoring and builds these two models in concept form for an upcoming auto show — SEMA may be a good place to show them off. I’ve even thought of names on what the company can call them. How does the "370 SentraZ" sound? How about the "MaxiGT-R"?

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And The Award For Best Enthusiast Brand Goes To...

And The Award For Best Enthusiast Brand Goes To...

So let’s just get it right out in the air. I don’t think Ferrari or Lamborghini or any other purveyor of exotic metal is the best enthusiast brand. Part of the enthusiast car market is to make great cars that enthusiasts can actually buy. The Miata, the Mustang and the GTI are the kinds of good fun that we can actually buy.

When trying to figure out who the best enthusiast brand is, I didn’t stop at pure numbers. I looked for cool cars, and interesting cars, not just fast ones. I also tried to focus on the more modern petrol head. Back in the 60s every car company was making wacky and crazy cars, but over the years the enthusiast market has kinda dried up a bit.

I almost went with Honda. The CRX, early Si badged cars and the NSX all hit the right buttons, but over the last 15 years or so Honda has really lots its magic. It feels like they started to care more about Consumer Reports scores than steering feel and spoilers, and so they didn’t make the list.

But who was it? You have to hit the jump to find out.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 012 - "A dash of Hellcat and a Lot of Nissan Love"

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 012 - "A dash of Hellcat and a Lot of Nissan Love"

Welcome to the most awesome automotive podcast extravaganza on the internet, the TopSpeed Podcast. We have audio, we have video (after the break), and we have lots of banter about cars!

In this Thursday’s episode we bring you talks of the Nissan 370Z Nismo, the (exciting) Challenger Hellcat and Mark’s NASCAR roadtrip. We even find time to cover the revival of the Nissan Pulsar name and the new/old Jaguar Lightweight E-Type.

We also take a minute to remember F1 legend Sir Jack Brabum.

Our weekly wheels include a discussion about the Acura MDX that Justin got to drive, and the IS 350 F Sport that Mark went to Charlotte in. I am left out of the party again, but I have a new toy to talk about next week.

We have a few questions from the audience including what would make the perfect enthusiast vacation, top tracks to listen to while driving, and we speculate on what old cars need a good dose of carbon in their diet.

As always, we finish things off with Own, Drive, Burn and a trio of McLaren supercars.

Hope you enjoy. As always, you can reach us on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast, through email Podcast@TopSpeed.com and you can leave us a comment below.

Don’t forget that you can leave us a rating at iTunes.

See you next Thursday!

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Acura MDX, Lexus IS 350 F Sport

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Nissan Teases What Looks to be a New 370Z Nismo

Nissan Teases What Looks to be a New 370Z Nismo

Japanese automaker Nissan has just released a teaser photo of an upcoming model that’s set to make its official debut on May 16th. The company declined to reveal any kind of details, but the darkened photo suggests we’re about to see an updated version of the 370Z Nismo. It appears the sports car will get a more attractive front fascia with a redesigned bumper, a larger air intake and individual daytime running lights mounted on the sides. A red-painted splitter and a Nismo badge mounted on the upped side of the grille are a clear indication of the car’s purpose.

Underpinnings are likely to be a carry over from the 2014 370Z Nismo, but we wouldn’t be surprise to see a few extra ponies shoved under the hood. The current model comes with 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque generated by a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine and guided to the wheels by a six-speed manual transmission.

The new Nismo will break cover May 16th at 1:00 PM EDT at ZDayZ festival in North Carolina so make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for the full details. Until then, you might as well have a look at our 2014 370Z Nismo test drive.

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Man Sells His (Ahem) "Manhood" to Buy a Nissan 370Z

Man Sells His (Ahem) "Manhood" to Buy a Nissan 370Z

2013 Nissan 370Z Facelift

We’re pretty sure that most of you have heard, or maybe even said, "man, I would give my left nut to get that car." We are also pretty sure that anyone who has uttered those words would likely back off of them when the opportunity presented itself. Well, we found one man that took someone up on the offer... sort of.

Enter in Mark Parisi, the man that essentially sold his testicle to buy his dream car, a Nissan 370Z. He announced on CBS’s show The Doctors that his testicle will go to medical science research and that his reward for the donation was a cool 35k. Just enough to buy the 370Z that he so dearly desired.

We don’t know about you, but selling off one-third of your manhood for a $35,000 Nissan seems a little crazy, but that’s just our opinion. Now, we may have a tougher debate if said manhood removal would net us a Ferrari LaFerrari or a Porsche 918 Spyder. We guess everyone has their price...

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2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo - Driven

2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo - Driven

The Nissan 370Z was the first model to get the comprehensive Nismo upgrade from the revered tuning arm of the Japanese auto giant. Long housed in an anonymous mid-rise factory with only a bright red door to signal something special inside, the Nismo team is spreading its wings with further upgrades to normal Nissan models.

The best-known work from these honorable speed demons is, of course, the GT-R. As we will see, this is not a team who adds some stickers and a lightly revised ECU to cars that don the "Nismo" badge.

The pitfalls of creating a performance spin-off series are many. Too much change and the price can nearly double, cutting volume by four in the process. The previous Cadillac CTS-V suffered such a fate.

On the other side of the spectrum; too little enhancement, and the car is dismissed as badge and stickers job by those in the know. So there is a fine line to walk between the loaded 370Z Touring’s $38,000 price and the $43,000 base of the Nismo version.

After some seat time and some driving videos (viewable below), the 370Z Nismo is unlike any other Z-car driven to date. It features extensively restyled bodywork from every angle, a far lower ride height, and exhaust drums so large they might be packing oil reserves.

For those with allegiance to only hardcore performance, the 370Z Nismo really trumps the equivalent Genesis Coupe R-Specs and Camaros of the performance world. An apt comparison would be to the previous Ford Mustang Boss 302 that was basically a Laguna Seca time attack special.

The spec sheet of the 370Z shows how busy the Nismo team was in revamping the Z-car to its standards. This is far more than a body and paint shop; this car is purpose-built from the body-in-white chassis upward by Nismo.

Click past the jump for the full TopSpeed Driven review of the 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO, including a few videos of driving impressions.

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Video: Nissan 370Z Nismo Versus Wingsuit

Video: Nissan 370Z Nismo Versus Wingsuit

In the automotive world, we see all kinds of tests and wacky comparisons, putting the most craziest things against one another. We have to admit that this newest competition lauched by Nissan ranks pretty highly in creativity. Nissan pitted its resident sports car against a man in a wingsuit.

Peter Pyzera — the 2012 Nissan GT Academy champion — took the wheel of the 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo and legendary wingsuit athlete, Dave Barlia, took the leap of faith in the Swiss Alps.

Barlia had to make a 4,510-foot drop, and he hit a top speed of 130 mph, while clearing the rocky surface by just 19.6 feet. Along with him on this scary descent is Jukeride, which is a unique analysis tool that allowed the engineers to monitor biometric and telematic data as he glided to earth.

Check out the video (above) to see whether the Nismo or the wingsuit triumphed.

Click past the jump to see some behind-the-scenes footage.

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Nissan to Display a Preview for the 370Z Successor in Tokyo

Nissan to Display a Preview for the 370Z Successor in Tokyo

2013 Nissan 370Z Facelift

You know why we love auto shows? Mainly because of all the new models we get to see, but also because we get to learn a lot about the future of the automotive industry. At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, a Toyota boss confirmed a hybrid GT 86 sports car is under "advanced development," and at the same show, Nissan Development boss Andy Palmer confirmed that the next-generation Z-car will be previewed next month at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The new model will initially be unveiled as a concept car and will be smaller and lighter than the current 370Z. What is really strange is that Palmer said that "the Juke Nismo offers some hints at what Nissan is looking at." So, what do you think this means? Should we expect a new Z-car with styling cues from the Juke? How odd will that look?

There are also some changes to come under the hood, and we expect to see a small-displacement turbocharged engine or even an electric powertrain. A Nismo version will also be offered.

Referring to the new car, Palmer said that the new model won’t be anything like the GT86. Instead it will be "more enjoyable to drive, a real sports car."

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2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo

2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo

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.

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2013 Nissan 370Z by Senner Tuning

2013 Nissan 370Z by Senner Tuning

This isn’t the first time Senner Tuning has released a kit for the Nissan 370Z, but the last one was way back in 2010. This time around, it looks like Senner took its 370Z tune a little further.

As no surprise, Senner started its job under the Z’s hood where it installed an INJEN cold-air-intake system with hydro-shield wind deflector and remapped the ECU to squeeze a few more ponies from the 3.7-liter V-6. There is also a new stainless steel exhaust system connected to a fan-type exhaust pipe and 400-cell sports catalysts. All these updates have increased the 3.7-liter engine’s output from the standard 330 horsepower to a total of 368 horsepower. Peak torque also jumped from 269 pound-feet to 299 pound-feet.

Senner didn’t hang up its wrenched after tuning the engine, as is also slapped on a set of 20-inch Work Varianza T1S wheels wrapped in Continental Sport Contact 5P tires sized 245/30R20 up front and 295/25R20 out back.

Rims and tires aren’t quite enough to push the 370Z to another level, so Senner also added in a compression and rebound-adjustable KW variation 3-Inox coilover kit, and adjustable control levers on the rear axle to allow for fine alignment tweaks on the back end.

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