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by Tony West and Bill P.
The 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO talks a good game. The redesigned sports whip aims to attract sports car fans and racers to its ninja fast efficient powertrain. The 370Z NISMO now comes equipped with a 350 horsepower V6 engine, two transmission options, and new lux tech inside, making it more ideal for road and track.
“NISMO “ is short for Nissan Motorsports International. On sale summer 2014, the new 370Z NISMO will join the Nissan GT-R NISMO and the Juke NISMO in the performance brand. Updates to the design of the 2015 370Z NISMO like a front chin spoiler and a deeper sloped front fascia enhance aerodynamics. While standard 19 inch aluminum alloy wheels and LED Hyper daytime running lights give the sleek 370Z NISMO more contemporary flair. The NISMO emblem is adorned throughout the outside and inside of the 370Z. NISMO’s red accents decorate the front chin spoiler, the side sills, and the back of the 370Z.
Upgrades to the 370Z NISMO make the 2-seater a powerful and efficient yet versatile whip. The 370Z NISMO is powered by a 3.7 liter DOHC V6 engine with 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque. The V6 engine has Variable Vale Event, Lift Controls and is matched to H-configured exhaust system with optimized calibration.
Check out the Video of the new 370z in action!
The 370Z NISMO has two transmission options, a 7 speed automatic and a 6 speed manual. The 7 speed automatic features Downshift Rev Matching, Adaptive Shift Control, and paddle shifters for manual mode. The 6 speed manual transmission has the first ever synchronized downshift rev matching. Sport brakes are standard as is the Viscous Limited Slip Differential. The 370Z also features independent double wishbone front suspension and independent multilink rear suspension with a stabilizer bar for each. Vibration dampers and NISMO-tuned shock absorbers are standard with the suspension for a spirited sporty ride.
The 370Z NISMO is a feral beast on the track. But it wasn’t a comfortable confident ride over 90 mph. Even strapped in, when cornering, I felt like I was sliding to the passenger seat. That made me more reluctant going fast through tight turns. And with all the bells and whistles offered with the 6 speed manual transmission, shifting was surprisingly clunky. I could hear the mechanics of the clutch engaging as wrenched the shifter. Steering and damping could’ve been fined tuned.
I may be less confident of the 370Z’s cornering capabilities, but I’m less likely to drive the NISMO on the track anyway. Nissan added stylish upgrades to the interior to make it a sexy road whip. The 370Z interior features new Recaro leather seats with Alcantra accents and red stitching with the NISMO logo. The interior also has an Alcantra wrapped steering wheel and red accented tachometer. The Tech Model features a 7 inch VGA touch screen for navigation and a backup camera. The Tech Model also adds a Bose audio system, Sirius XM satellite radio, Bluetooth, and Homelink. The 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO goes on sale July 2014 for $43,000.