With the entire Nissan 370Z lineup having just received some slight tweaks for the 2013 model year, the sportier Nismo model is getting a few more upgrades for its 2014 model year to give it an even more unique appearance. These changes include new gray accents and red striping on the outside, and inside, an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a new red Nismo tachometer front and center for the driver to easily see.

The 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo is debuting today at the Chicago Auto Show, and it will go on sale this summer offered in just four exterior colors: Pearl White, Magnetic Black, Gun Metallic and Solid Red. As for the coupe's performance, it still retains the higher 350-horsepower rating from the 3.7-liter V6, which is paired solely to the six-speed manual transmission. Other performance add-ons include a more aerodynamic front fascia and rear spoiler, 19-inch wheels with a sport suspension and a strut tower brace for better rigidity.

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  • 2014 model previewed at the Chicago Auto Show
  • Features new exterior color with dark grey accents and red stripes
  • Continues to offer 350-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, sport-tuned suspension and brakes and 19-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Joins new JUKE NISMO in Nissan showrooms this summer

In conjunction with the U.S. debut of the new 2013 Nissan JUKE NISMO – and the ongoing expansion of the NISMO brand worldwide – Nissan is giving attendees at the Chicago Auto Show a preview of the 2014 370Z NISMO. Set to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide this summer, the 370Z NISMO follows the new NISMO design theme with distinctive new exterior and interior accents.

Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product and Advanced Planning and Strategy, Nissan Americas said: "The 370Z NISMO, since its introduction as part of the original Nissan 350Z lineup, has embodied the spirit of NISMO – race-proven engineering that is attainable. With the enhancements for the 2014 model year and the addition of the new JUKE NISMO, we're unifying the look and feel of these distinctive NISMO models and paving the way for additional NISMO vehicles to follow."

With the current 370Z NISMO setting the bar as a tuner-Z® enthusiast's dream straight from the factory and fully warranted – offering 350 horsepower, racing-inspired exterior and interior styling, a specially tuned suspension and unique super-lightweight forged alloy wheels – the enhancements for 2014 are designed to up the car's already strong visual impact. On the exterior, new dark gray coloring is added to the front and rear fascias, lower side sills, side mirrors and NISMO rear spoiler, with each element (except side sills) featuring NISMO-style red pinstripe accents. In addition, Solid Red replaces the previous Magma Red as one of four 370Z NISMO exterior color choices. Interior enhancements include the addition of a new steering wheel with Alcantara appointments and red accents, and a red NISMO tachometer.

The 370Z NISMO's outstanding performance is anchored by an advanced Nissan FM (Front Midship) platform, refined 4-wheel independent suspension and 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL) rated at 350 hp @ 7,400 rpm and 276 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm. The VVEL system helps optimize intake valve open/close movements, allowing the needed air to be sent promptly to the combustion chamber at the precisely optimized time. The 370Z NISMO's enhanced engine power and acceleration (versus non-NISMO 370Zs) is provided through use of an exclusive H-configured exhaust system design and muffler tuning, along with optimized ECM (Engine Control Module) calibration.

Just one transmission is offered, a close-ratio 6-speed manual with Nissan's SynchroRev Match® synchronized downshift rev matching system. The SynchroRev Match® function automatically controls and adjusts engine speed when shifting to the speed of the next gear position, essentially "blipping" the throttle to smooth out any up/down shifts. This not only allows the driver to focus more on braking and steering, it improves the smoothness of gear shifts by reducing the typical "shock" when the clutch is engaged. The system can be deactivated with a button next to the shifter for drivers who prefer to shift on their own.

The 370Z NISMO also features a tight, rigid body structure with a strut tower bar brace and a pair of performance dampers, which quickly and efficiently react to help control body vibrations from road input via the tires, contributing to the 370Z NISMO's outstanding handling and performance feel. The 370Z NISMO's double-wishbone front/4-link rear suspension design suspension is specially tuned for exceptional handling, including higher spring and stabilizer bar rates and increased roll stiffness and front and rear damping factors (compared to non-NISMO models).

The 2014 370Z NISMO rides on unique 5-spoke Nissan-branded 19-inch RAYS forged aluminum-alloy wheels (19x9.5-inch front, 19x10.5-inch rear) with a Gun Metallic finish. The wheels are mounted with Bridgestone Potenza S001 Y-rated high-performance tires (245/40ZR19 front, 285/35ZR19 rear). Braking is provided by NISMO Sport Brakes with large diameter 14.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear vented rotors with 4-piston front and 2-¬piston rear aluminum calipers.

The braking system includes a variable ratio brake pedal, high-rigidity brake hoses, R35 Special II fluid and red-finish calipers.

Along with the new color treatments, the 2014 370Z NISMO exterior includes an extended front nose design and a fully integrated chin spoiler – providing a sense of dynamic movement while enhancing airflow and downforce for enhanced aerodynamic performance. The 370Z NISMO is 6.2 inches longer than the standard 370Z Coupe. Special side sills and a unique rear bumper help control airflow under the vehicle, while the functional rear spoiler increases downforce. Four exterior colors are offered: Pearl White, Magnetic Black, Gun Metallic and Solid Red.

Inside, the 370Z NISMO's driver-centric interior includes NISMO logo seats with black and red fabric and red stitching, a NISMO tachometer, steering wheel with Alcantara wrap and red parallel stitching, smooth leather-wrapped shift knob and aluminum-trimmed pedals. A special serialized plaque of authenticity, located on the vertical panel above the floor-mounted console, is matched to each 370Z NISMO identifying its unique serial and model year designation.

The sporty woven cloth seats feature standard 8-way driver's/4-way passenger manual adjustments and adjustable front seat Active Head Restraints. Standard interior comfort and convenience features include Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start, power windows with one-touch auto up/down feature, power door locks with auto-lock feature and automatic climate control. An AM/FM/CD/AUX 4-speaker audio system is standard. Also available is a Bose® Package featuring an in-dash 6CD changer, two additional speakers (six total), two subwoofers, Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System, auto-dimming inside mirror and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver. There are no other options offered.

Said Loing: "The great thing about the 370Z NISMO, like the JUKE NISMO, is that there is solid functionality behind every element – race-inspired but ready for the street – and with pure NISMO style."

Along with the 370Z NISMO, the Nissan 370Z is available in 370Z Coupe and 370Z Roadster models.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Done Deal DR
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a former 350z owner, I like the Nismo version of the 370z much more than the standard version, however these things are way overpriced. At the going rate of these Nismo 370z's you are close to base Corvette territory that would walk all over this thing. Then you also have the high level Mustang and Camaro versions it needs to try to compete with too. Love the car, but won't pay the money they are asking for it. For 45K this thing should have a factory turbo and be at least 425hp. That would still leave a market for their own GTR at 90K+ that utilizes newer and more expensive technology, AWD, 100+ additional HP, and an overall more exotic drivetrain design.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Done Deal DR
        All those cars you mentioned are muscle cars. This car only competes with the audi TT BMW 135i porsche boxster or cayman
          Done Deal DR
          • 2 Years Ago
          Give me a break. The cars I listed don't handle like crap anymore. You can option all 3 cars I listed that will match or beat this thing in slalom, G's, and lap times. If you're going to tell me people that might be interested in the 370z aren't interested in the cars I listed, you need no further proof than to just read this thread or go on some forums. My own 350z forum has people jumping ship all the time for the cars I just mentioned, when they already have a long history of owning and loving the 350z. The fact of the matter is that Nissan kept jacking the price up on the 370z to the point where it's in no way, shape, or form, a bargain... and in the process have priced themselves out of competitiveness.
          • 2 Years Ago
          All valid points. But you have to remember that not everything is a paper race, so to speak. Each car has its own individual feel; from the driving position to the sightlines to the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal to the steering wheel, etc. etc. the list goes on. In the end, people who purchase a car that they feel best suits their needs/desires. The market dictates the price, and while I do agree that the Z is beginning to climb in price a little too much, if their market research justifies it, then people who like the car will purchase it. The dollars speak. I have driven a Camaro SS, Mustang GT, and a 370Z so I can attest to their disparate individual characteristics.
          • 2 Years Ago
          The \"Muscle Cars\" mentioned already spanked the 370 on the track most reviews I read were luke warm on the Z. Several had trouble with the brakes going away. I like NIssan but for what you get this is way over priced.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would like too see this 370Z nizmo,a base Mustang GT with the Track Pack,the base Camaro SS 1LE duke it out in comparison test.
      • 2 Years Ago
      We have a few of these that show up to open track days locally and they perform great and they sound awesome. The kicker is they don't perform that much better than the standard kit 370Z as far as lap times go, which is already a great performer. For a $9,000+ price premium, I would expect more than just a few ticks faster around a track.
      Andy Dufresne
      • 2 Years Ago
      One car that began looking great when first released, and has progressively gotten worse-looking as it aged. Sad...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looking better, Looking better........... Let\'s hope this is a preview for the next Z car which is susposed to be both smaller and lighter (ala FRS).....
      • 2 Years Ago
      love the '09-'12 370's sport package(automatics for sports cars should be banned), but the new fangless 370's are horrid. nismo's just appear to be the riced out 370. I understand they offer better suspension, brakes, but it looks like some teen got ahold of it with an ebay account.
      • 2 Years Ago
      They shouldnt allow people to criticize a car like unless they owned and driven one or more. You guys probably drive old Chevy Malibus. I've been blessed to drive 3 of these and a red 370 Z with the Sports Package. This is a very nice Japanese made sports car that is WAY more fun to drive and several hundred or more pounds less in weight than a Camaro or Mustang.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thanks for mentioning the red tach, and then not showing a single picture :(.
      • 2 Years Ago
      No automatic? That's a deal breaker for me.
      Donny Hoover
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring back the fangs on the front fascia!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Donny Hoover
        Agree, fangs gave it tons of character and made the front complete. The current version looks castrated.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow thats a great looking car!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still ugly.
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