Nissan will officially debut its 2013 370Z tomorrow at the Chicago Auto Show, and the changes fulfill the dictionary definition of "subtle." The new 19-inch wheels and Euro-tuned shocks on models with the Sport Package are the big news, but details like vertical LEDs, 18-inch wheels on the non-Sport Z, two new colors and a red reflector out back add just enough signals to make a difference to model-year-conscious buyers.

The refreshed 2013 370Z will come in coupe, convertible and NISMO trims, with the latter iteration getting more speakers for its Bose audio system. Oddly, though, that same trim does not get some of the changes for the new model year, including the Euro-tuned shocks that will debut on the Sport Package.

The 3.7-liter V6 with 332 horsepower carries over, as does the same 3.7-liter with 350 horsepower in the NISMO, and the new Z goes on sale in June. Check out the press release after the jump, and stay tuned to get more images and info from our team at the Chicago Auto Show.
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2013 Nissan 370Z Previewed at Chicago Auto Show – New Front Fascia and New Wheels Lead Enhancements

CHICAGO (Feb. 7, 2012) – If it's February in Chicago, it's time for one thing – sports cars. Bringing a taste of hot performance to the Windy City winter, Nissan today debuted the revised 2013 Nissan 370Z on the floor of the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The new Z, which is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide next June, features a number of enhancements designed to keep the legendary sports car fresh and exciting. For 2013, the Nissan 370Z will once again be available in Coupe, Roadster and NISMO Z configurations.

The updates for the new model year include:
• Refreshed front fascia with vertical LED daytime running lights
• Red reflector added to rear fascia (replaces previous black center cover)
• Revised 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (Sport Package equipped models)
• New 18-inch wheels for 370Z Coupe
• Red-finished brake calipers (Sport Package equipped models)
• Dark-finish fuel gauge trim
• Euro-tuned shock absorbers (Sport Package equipped models)
• And two new exterior colors – Magma Red and Midnight Blue

The NISMO 370Z also adds 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. The NISMO 370Z does not adopt the new front fascia/rear reflector, Euro-tuned shocks or Midnight Blue exterior color.

"Since the original 1970 Z was first introduced our goal has always been to keep the design moving forward. The changes for 2013, though subtle, go a long way in enhancing its dynamic appearance inside and out," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc.

As in 2012, the 2013 370Z Coupe and 370Z Coupe Touring will each be available with a standard 332-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine and choice of 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic transmission. The 2013 370Z Roadster and 370Z Roadster Touring will be offered with the same engine but with the 6-speed manual offered only with the Touring model (the 7-speed automatic transmission is available with both).

The Nissan NISMO 370Z, a tuner-Z® enthusiast's dream, will once again cap off the lineup – offering racing-inspired exterior and interior styling, a specially tuned suspension and unique super-lightweight forged alloy wheels. Its 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine is matched with an exclusive H-configured exhaust system design, muffler tuning and optimized ECM (Engine Computer Module) control – creating 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque. Only one transmission is available, a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission with standard SynchroRev Match, which allows rev-matched heel-toe-like downshifting.

Additional details on the 2013 Nissan 370Z will be available closer to the June on-sale date.


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      KC
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 350 still looks better, it also already had those vertical lights that everyone is now adding.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      That looks immensely better than the current car.
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      So glad they put LEDs on the front. I was on the fence before but I'm definitely going to buy it now!
        Gorgenapper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WillieD
        No way man, the red reflector on the back is exactly what I had been waiting for. Thank God Nissan finally caved into pressure and put that in.
          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          That red reflector really does seal the deal. Heading over to local Nissan dealer now with cash in hand.
      chirowolf
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok. I have a 2009 370Z and love it. that being said I was never in love with the front fangs my car has. i bought a Black Z just to de-emphasize the fangs. unfortunately the redesign just looks like some warmed over 350 parts with some LEDs thrown in for good measure. The Z deserves more. I have a few minor gripes with my car, but over all it is a nice Quick well handling sports car in a very good package. many cars can do one thing well at this price point, but the Z punches many of the right buttons.
        evilpaul2012
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chirowolf
        The "fangs" are one the best features I thought. I have to agree with you on the "warmed over 350" but the new wheels are pretty awesome.
          chirowolf
          • 3 Years Ago
          @evilpaul2012
          yes I go back and forth with the fangs. sometimes its a "catfish" but sometimes its a "shark". I like to think Shark. I would have to see the new wheels in person for judgement. i have the touring and the sport packages and love the wheels.
      evannever
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree with some of the comments below. This is car needs about 70 more horses to be something special again. Still, I like the styling.
        Nick M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @evannever
        Lol...this isn't a pony car. It doesn't need 400hp. Have you even driven one?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @evannever
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        Greg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @evannever
        How much horsepower do you expect to get from a naturally aspirated V6? I'm sure that Nissan is going to keep the Z with a NA V6 only as long as they make the twin-turbo V6 powered GT-R. 332 HP is more than enough power for the Z.
      ferps
      • 3 Years Ago
      what about the interior? that's where this car needed an upgrade.
      4RR4Y
      • 3 Years Ago
      I personally liked the fangs... they were original and quite unmistakable, but it's apparent that they wont be missed. The refresh brings the styling closer to the original Z33. All things considered, Nissan is willingly neglecting its primary sports car in favor of the GT-R. All the technology and performance infused in the GT-R is completely absent from the Z. Shame.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @4RR4Y
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          4RR4Y
          • 3 Years Ago
          Captain Stupidity, please stop commenting. There are far simpler methods Nissan could adopt to make the Z faster, that are not conclusive of tossing in the GT-R's AWD drivetrain.Sure, let's just toss in AWD for all RWD sports cars and call it a day... Also, that 'red reflector' mentioned in the article is actually a fog lamp that has been present on export models since the Z34's original introduction. Whether or not it's wired to work on NA models is beyond me.
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 70Z vs FT86 rivalry will be great.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Christopher
      • 3 Years Ago
      I own a 2010 370Z and was waiting for this refresh. But I might pass. I do like the new LED lights though....
        sniperhunter2001
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher
        I'm also a 2010 370Z owner...but I actually quite liked the fangs on darker colors like my Black Cherry, though they looked very out of place on lighter colors. The fangs look nice when they are dark, either color or blacked out. I do wish that those new LEDs were a little longer, more intense in color, and didn't seem so cheaply tacked on. Looks almost aftermarket.
          Christopher
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sniperhunter2001
          Nah theyre ok. Just makes it look like the original 350Z concept car. My Z is silver and everyone I meet loves the fangs. Makes it look like its gonna chew up that Hyundai its riding behind!
      Zweben
      • 3 Years Ago
      The summary left out the biggest change: they got rid of the fangs on the front fascia.
      XT6Wagon
      • 3 Years Ago
      yay! We can still pay Mustang V8 money for Mustang V6 performance. Its awesome of nissan to make these hard choices in difficult times to keep the changes to cheap and useless things. They could have caved to the pressure like Hyundai and done a serious update of the driveline and styling of the car to be somewhat relevant, but they didn't.
        Mike Gaudiello
        • 3 Years Ago
        @XT6Wagon
        Pfft.. I guess you've never DRIVEN a 350Z or 370Z? There's more to the Z-Cars aside from power numbers, way more. No diss on the Mustang, especially the new ones, but the Z's handle like few other cars, especially in that price range.
          Omg Itz M1k3
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike Gaudiello
          Definitely more than a numbers car. Even the stock suspension is competent. The 350 does need more rubber though. 225/245 is not cutting it, but that's an easy fix.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike Gaudiello
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          sniperhunter2001
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike Gaudiello
          You could have 350Zs with 275s in the rear, both Nismo and Grand Touring came with OEM forged Rays with meaty tires all around.
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