As, indeed, should the Nismo’s race-inspired aerodynamics. The jutting front bumper is a love-hate thing (one PHer suggested it makes the Nismo look as though it's belming, and not without reason) but both it and the aggressive rear diffuser work together to help improve airflow under the car. Together with the chunky rear spoiler, Nissan says, the whole lot should give the Nismo levels of grip that approach those of the GT-R. What’s more, it’ll be allied to an ‘extensively re-engineered suspension and chassis setup’, which Nissan claims will enhance stability and handling. The Nismo’s brakes have been looked at, too, with high-rigidity brake hoses and high-performance brake fluid, both coming from the GT-R.
announced last week for the GT86. Indeed, the 370Z Nismo rather shows what a car the GT86 TRD could have been; even though it’ll cost more, it sounds like it’ll offer far more too, making the £6,000 charged for the TRD feel rather hollow.
Which brings us neatly onto the thorny issue of price. There’s no official word yet, but in the same way as the standard 370Z undercuts Porsche’s Cayman – the car Nissan would like to consider as one of its main rivals – by about £10,000, so we can expect the Nismo to do the same to the Cayman S. In other words, expect it to cost around £40,000, if not a touch less.