By defanged, we mean, of course, that the 2013 Nissan 370Z no longer sports vampish extensions of its front fascia. We don't mean to imply that its down on power – the carryover 3.7-liter V6 still puts out 332 horsepower, and the NISMO's 3.7-liter is still blessed with 350 horses.

Besides the change to its face, it'll take an astute observer to spot the differences between the 2012 and 2013 Z. Subtle changes to the lighting both front and rear, combined with new 18- and 19-inch wheels, round out the exterior updates.

See the 2013 Nissan 370Z live from the 2012 Chicago Auto Show in our high-res image gallery above, and feel free to peruse the press release after the break.
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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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    • 1 Second Ago
      Matt Harper
      • 3 Years Ago
      They got rid of the fangs, but still kept those hideous door handles?! Keep up the good work Nissan.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Funny how people bashed the original fanged design for being too different... Now that they are gone, the Z time-travels to the days of the 350, to which it is now too 'bland'. Ever satisfied..?
      • 3 Years Ago
      i like the orginal 240 z . it was a really great car and at a great price
        • 3 Years Ago
        Couldn't agree with you more, the latest Z cars have lost the plot.
      Jaclock LaGlock
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I bought one of these models, I'd throw in some extra cash to purchase the "Fanged" bumper, given it's a direct fit. The fanged Z looked so much cooler and aggressive. As someone said, "it looked pissed off". That's the cool factor right there. Nissan did something similar in 2004 with the Sentra SE-R Spec V. The 2003 had a nice, stylish bumper but they tamed it the following year. Well, I'll probably just end up buying a used, "fanged" 370 anyway. I still love ya, Nissan. Just stop wimping out please.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, I guess the vampire trend is really out if even the 370z lost its fangs.
      • 3 Years Ago Did they fix the aero? Inquiring minds who believe the z should be trackable but are horrified to find they aren't want to know.
      Rick V
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yet, the hideous and out of place electronic display remains in the instrument cluster . What gives?
      • 3 Years Ago
      What updates? As the owner of a 71' 240Z, I'm really disappointed with the 370 generation of Z cars, they might be fast but they have a lousy ride with a buzzy engine...and the interior still isn't up to its competitors. I don't think this will age well at all.
        Litespeed Racing
        • 3 Years Ago
        What direct competitors are you referring to? I don't think any of the $30K sport compacts have super refined interiors.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Litespeed Racing
          You'd be surprised, interiors have improved dramatically, take a look at the VWs, Chevys and Fords in that price range.
      • 3 Years Ago's a $ 35,000 350 z..pffffffft
      • 3 Years Ago
      Also missing the looks softer and gentler, now.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wasn't a big fan of the fangs, but something to make the front end more distinctive (like highlighted brake cooling ducts) would have been nice.
      Chris Young
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man that interior just looks like crap. Thers no flow to it like you seen in a Porche or other sports cars. Those three gauges in the center of the dash just look terrible. Why is Nissan so stagnant as far as design and innovation.
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