In July you'll be able to purchase the fifth and most hardcore model in Nissan's 350Z lineup, the 2007 NISMO 350Z. While we don't know pricing yet, we can tell you what the NISMO Z features above and beyond a garden variety 350Z. The most obvious addition is the NISMO aerodynamics package that includes a new front fascia with a highly extroverted front chin spoiler, side skirts and a new rear fascia with a diffuser big enough on which to throw a picnic for two. The car also features a specially tuned independant multi-link suspension, big Brembo brakes, a NISMO-tuned exhaust and NISMO gunmetal gray RAYS lightweight 5-spoke forged-alloy wheels wearing Bridgestone Potenzas. The front wheels are 18-inches large while the rears grow to 19-inches. The interior features exclusive black cloth seats with red inserts and red stitching throughout, as well as NISMO white and gray gauges.
While we've never been disappointed with Nissan's VQHR 3.5L V6, which in this case pumps out 306 horsepower and 268 ft-lbs. of torque just like the standard Z, we are a bit disappointed the NISMO isn't fitted with the new 3.7L version planned for the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe. It was probablay a timing thing and the larger V6 will end up in the 350Z soon enough, we hope.
Check out the press release after the jump and our gallery of desktop wallpaper-sized pics showing the 2007 NISMO 350Z
2007 Nissan NISMO 350Z Continues Tradition of Performance, With GT Racing Machine Style and Features
The new 2007 Nissan NISMO 350Z, which makes its North American debut at the 2007 New York International Auto Show, features an extensively developed list of unique equipment – including a special body package and improved handling equipment. This new model, the fifth in the 2007 350Z Coupe lineup, goes on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in July 2007. NISMO is the premier supplier of high-performance aftermarket parts and accessories for Nissan vehicles worldwide.
The most striking visual feature of this special vehicle is the NISMO aerodynamics package with an aggressive front fascia with chin spoiler, side skirts, a larger rear fascia with functional air diffuser and rear wing. The NISMO 350Z also features the use of special mass dampers between the left- and right-side frame members. Additional performance enhancements include a specially tuned independent multi-link suspension, Brembo brakes, NISMO-branded tuned exhaust and NISMO-branded gunmetal gray RAYS super lightweight 5-spoke forged-alloy wheels (18x9-inch front, 19x10-inch rear) with Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires.
Inside, NISMO 350Z includes unique black cloth seats with red inserts, red stitching throughout the interior and special NISMO white and gray gauge faces. All NISMO Z"s receive a serialized NISMO-etched aluminum plaque mounted on the center console.
The NISMO 350Z includes a full complement of 350Z standard features, including the new VQ35HR 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 306 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque, close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, Traction Control System (TCS) and Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD).