In terms of cars with visual presence on the floor here in New York, the NISMO 350Z is very high on the list. Sporting its Super GT-inspired, highly-aggressive aero package, the NISMO Z is the standout machine at the Nissan stand. A revised, sport-tuned suspension, gunmetal grey five-spoke wheels by RAYS, Brembos, and a model specific interior featuring two-tone seating, a numbered plate on the center console, and NISMO-branded gauges are all part of the deal.
The car we photographed features black-faced instrumentation, but the US-spec car will feature white gauges when it goes into production. The total number of cars to be built has not yet been determined, but the intent is to keep it pretty limited. Despite the NISMO 350Z's completely audacious looks, the VQ35HR 6-cylinder stowed under the car's hood remains the stock 306-horsepower unit you'll find in the regular Z. Come this time next year, the hottest Nissan on the stand will wear another storied Japanese performance nameplate: GT-R. Until then, this NISMO car should do just fine as the brand's performance flagship.
Check out the gallery of high-resolution shots here, or continue after the jump for the official press release. You'll also find video of the NISMO 350Z's live reveal after the jump.
2007 Nissan NISMO 350Z Debuts at New York International Auto Show [April 4, 07]
NEW YORK (April 4, 2007) – Nissan North America, Inc. today debuted the newest addition to the legendary Z® sports car lineup, the performance-oriented Nissan NISMO 350Z, at the 2007 New York International Auto Show. NISMO is the premier supplier of high-performance aftermarket parts and accessories for Nissan vehicles around the world. This new NISMO 350Z, the fifth in the 2007 350Z Coupe lineup, features an extensively developed list of unique equipment – including a special body package and improved handling equipment. It goes on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in July 2007.
The most striking visual feature of this special vehicle is the NISMO aerodynamics package, which strongly resembles the Super GT championship winning ZÒs. Featuring an aggressive front fascia with chin spoiler, side skirts, an extended rear fascia with underbody diffuser and a rear wing, the NISMO 350Z produces additional aerodynamic downforce to provide enhanced cornering and handling performance.
Additional performance features include a special NISMO-tuned independent multi-link suspension, Brembo brakes with four-piston front and two-piston rear calipers (with 12.8-inch front and 12.7-inch rear rotors) and special NISMO-branded gunmetal gray RAYS super lightweight forged-alloy wheels (18x9-inch front and 19x10-inch rear with 245/40WR18 front, 265/35WR19 rear Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires). A NISMO-branded tuned exhaust adds an even more authoritative tone to the ZÒ's 306-horsepower V6 engine.
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, a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, Traction Control System (TCS) and Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD).
Inside, NISMO 350Z drivers receive special treatment with unique black cloth seats with red inserts, red stitching throughout the interior and special NISMO white-faced tachometer. All NISMO 350Zs include a NISMO-etched aluminum plaque mounted on the center console, designating its limited edition status.
Other standard equipment includes a HomeLink® Universal Transceiver, cruise control, aluminum pedals, illuminated steering wheel audio controls and auto dimming rearview mirror, power windows, 3-bay gauge cluster, High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-xenon (high and low beam) headlights, LED taillights, Advanced Air Bag System, side and curtain side-impact supplemental air bags and Active Head Restraints.
"The combination of aerodynamic enhancements and performance tuning adds up to a Z® with enhanced cornering, steering precision and handling," said Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). \"The NISMO 350Z is the ideal package for true enthusiasts – adding a high level of aesthetic and performance enhancing equipment not available in the aftermarket – while retaining the reliability, durability, and comprehensive warranty found standard on every 2007 Nissan 350Z."
In addition to the new NISMO 350Z, the 2007 350Z Coupe is offered in Base, Enthusiast, Touring and Grand Touring models. The 2007 350Z Roadster is offered in three models – Enthusiast, Touring and Grand Touring.
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