Nismo reveals 344hp 370Z
Finally! 344hp Nismo 370Z coming to Europe - full details
Compared with the standard car, the Nismo will prompt comments along the lines of 'not shy' thanks to its aerodynamic bodywork revisions and red 'pinstripe' detailing.
The former includes a 'double canard' front bumper treatment with aggressive lower lip, and a not insubstantial rear wing and diffuser. Slithers of wheel arch spats smooth airflow up front and accommodate new 285-section rear tyres (up from 275 on the standard car). All told, the Nismo is now said to approach 'GT-R levels' of downforce, resulting in 'zero lift.'
Alongside the increase from 328hp at 7,000rpm to 344hp at 7,400rpm, Nismo also sees torque rise from 267lb ft to 273lb ft. While this continues to peak at 5,200rpm, we're promised improved throttle response was the priority, so the 3.7-litre V6 should feel livelier from as little as 2,000rpm. A bespoke exhaust system certainly guarantees extra noise.
Suspension mods include revised '15-20 per cent stiffer' springs and dampers, though Nismo has resisted dropping it more than 'about 10mm' in order to maintain acceptable amounts of travel for the road. 19-inch wheels are standard, wrapped in bespoke Bridgestone Potenza rubber, while brake upgrades are limited to rigid hoses and fluid from the GT-R.
No word on pricing yet, but the fruitier 370Z is set for UK launch in June-July 2013.
This particular one looks better to me, although I get the impression that the front bumper is belming at me.
A bit more power - yes
A better exhaust note - yes
Uprated suspension - maybe
Pinstripes and silly spoilers/diffusers - definately not!
Nissan: "I have 19 inch wheels and stiffer suspension to improve handling!"
Me: "Improve handling my arse!! Ruin ride quality more like"
It is pretty in your face but looking at the online videos etc, its not too over the top and needs to stand out in some way, being a nismo version.
Quite frankly, in a world where our renaultsports are 5 doors and turbocharged, Nissan is doing something extremely right in the world of realistic, awesome to dive, affordable cars.